Chateau Petit Village  2016 Front Label
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Chateau Petit Village 2016

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Winemaker Notes

Blend: 77% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon

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JS 96
James Suckling
Attractive slate and stony aromas here with a sense of depth and strongly terroir-focused style. Abundant ripe dark fruit with a suave, plush and very deep-set palate. Long, classic, seamless and powerful Pomerol. Try from 2023.
D 93
Decanter
The well-extracted, polished, juicy black cherry and damson fruits are full of personality and elegance. This wine is nicely constructed, well held together and very good quality.
JD 93
Jeb Dunnuck
The 2016 Château Petit-Village checks in as 77% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon brought up in 60% new French oak. This deeper ruby/plum-colored effort offers a classic bouquet of red and black currants, damp earth, violets, and forest floor. It's supple, beautifully textured, and seamless on the palate, with integrated acidity and fine tannins. It's a beautiful wine to drink over the coming 10-15 years or more.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Petit Village is closed on the nose, opening to earthy aromas and preserved plums, black cherry compote, chocolate and tobacco notes with hints of roses. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm, grainy and lively with earthy/savory layers on the finish. This needs time, but it should reward the patient!
WS 92
Wine Spectator
This has a pure core of ripe cherry, raspberry and cassis flavors, with polished structure and light anise and rooibos tea notes gilding the finish. Delivers a flash of mineral at the very end. Not a big boy, but there is no overextraction or overt wood here. Rather, this is built with a deft hand. Best from 2022 through 2032.
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Chateau Petit Village

Chateau Petit Village

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Chateau Petit Village, France
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The early history of Petit-Village is sparse. The area was already under vines by the time the geographical engineer Belleyme drew up his maps of the area in the second half of the 18th century. It was owned after the French Revolution, if not then, by a family called Dufresnes, from whom it passed to a family called de Seguin, who were for a time also involved with Clos-Fourtet. By 1868, the first year for which we have specific records, the Seguin estate was rated fifth in the commune and produced 20-25 tonneaux. Its success is due to its highly unique soil. Clay helps provide regular nourishment to the vines, and gravel gives the wine finesse. Iron oxyde and mineral salts present in the sub-soil also contribute towards the wine's special character. Its success is due to its highly unique soil. Clay helps provide regular nourishment to the vines, and gravel gives the wine finesse. Iron oxyde and mineral salts present in the sub-soil also contribute towards the wine's special character. The wine of Petit-Village is smooth, powerful and flavoursome. It has the incomparable richness and finesse of the greatest Pomerol.
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Bordeaux, France

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A source of exceptionally sensual and glamorous red wines, Pomerol is actually a rather small appellation in an unassuming countryside. It sits on a plateau immediately northeast of the city of Libourne on the right bank of the Dordogne River. Pomerol and St-Émilion are the stars of what is referred to as Right Bank Bordeaux: Merlot-dominant red blends completed by various amounts of Cabernet Franc or Cabernet Sauvignon. While Pomerol has no official classification system, its best wines are some of the world’s most sought after.

Historically Pomerol attached itself to the larger and more picturesque neighboring region of St-Émilion until the late 1800s when discerning French consumers began to recognize the quality and distinction of Pomerol on its own. Its popularity spread to northern Europe in the early 1900s.

After some notable vintages of the 1940s, the Pomerol producer, Petrus, began to achieve great international attention and brought widespread recognition to the appellation. Its subsequent distribution by the successful Libourne merchant, Jean-Pierre Mouiex, magnified Pomerol's fame after the Second World War.

Perfect for Merlot, the soils of Pomerol—clay on top of well-drained subsoil—help to create wines capable of displaying an unprecedented concentration of color and flavor.

The best Pomerol wines will be intensely hued, with qualities of fresh wild berries, dried fig or concentrated black plum preserves. Aromas may be of forest floor, sifted cocoa powder, anise, exotic spice or toasted sugar and will have a silky, smooth but intense texture.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

Tasting Notes for Bordeaux Blends

Bordeaux Blends are dry, red wines and generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, black cherry plum, graphite, cedar and violet. Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines, modeled after the Right Bank, are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure.

Perfect Food Pairings for Bordeaux Blends

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secrets for Bordeaux Blends

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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