Château Petit-Village is situated in the heart of the Pomerol appellation; its 11 hectares of vines lie next door to Vieux Château Certan...
The estate shares an owner (AXA Millesimes) with Château Pichon-Baron and, as with the latter, Petit-Village has benefitted from renovation and improvement over the last two decades. Lower yields in the vineyards, a new barrel cellar and fermentation vats have all been implemented by Daniel Llose and Serge Ley, who oversee the work in the vineyards and the winery between them. Le Jardin de Petit Village is the second wine of Château Petit Village.
The vineyard sits at the highest point of Pomerol, where soils are the most gravelly and thus drainage is optimised, which is an advantage in the maritime climate. The subsoil is known as ‘crasse de fer‘, an iron-rich clay that is said to confer such complexity to the greatest wines of Pomerol. Vineyards are planted with 75% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon. Vines are between 15 and 20 years of age and grapes were hand-picked before being sorted several times to ensure only perfectly ripe berries entered the winery. Le Jardin de Petit Village is made from 100% Merlot and is intended for earlier drinking.
The 2010 vintage is a robust wine resulting from aggressive and extreme conditions. Very high early winter rainfall allowed for a reserve of dampness to build up in the soil. Late spring water replenishment in June rather than April and ‘yo-yo‘ June conditions delayed flowering. A parched dry summer led to strong tannins developing in the grapes. A product of drought, the grapes experienced an irregular sugar build-up in summer and a sudden re-concentration at the finish. Cooler August-September minimum temperatures resulted in a higher acidity in this vintage compared to 2009.
The wine was fermented in temperature controlled, epoxy lined concrete vats for 10 days. Ageing was in one year old French oak barrels for 15 months (25% new, 75% one year old). The wine was exclusively made from Merlot, which has given a rich, fruit-driven, smooth textured wine for mid-term ageing. The wine was made by Serge Ley and Daniel Llose, who is also responsible for the highly respected Pauillac Grand Cru, Château Pichon-Baron, alongside Stéphane Derenoncourt who consults for the Château.
Powerful and yet elegant wine with substance, a certain tension and great finesse. The colour is almost black; the bouquet boasts crisp, refined fruit, followed by immense length and that freshness that is so characteristic of the site of Château Petit Village.
|Winemaker||Daniel Llose, Serge Ley|
|Consultant Winemaker||Stéphane Derenoncourt|
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