2010 Petit-Village, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1067176 95 points James Suckling

 Spicy nose with nutmeg, cedar and sweet tobacco. Blueberries and some milk chocolate. Pure dark fruit on the palate with a wonderful texture and quite deep structure. Ripe polished tannins and a wonderfully focused long finish. Best ever from here. Drink from 2018.  (2/2013)

93-95 points Wine Enthusiast

 With its dark concentration of flavors, this is hugely dense, very ripe and juicy. There is a fruit salad of rich berries here, powerful, finished with some tough, dry tannins.  (6/2011)

90-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (75% merlot, 18% cabernet franc and 7% cabernet sauvignon; 70% new oak; 14.5% alcohol) Good, bright ruby-red. Complex aromas of red berries, violet and minerals, plus a whiff of peppery milk chocolate. Very suave and silky on entry, then tight and energetic in the mid-palate, with sweet flavors similar to the aromas. Ripe and smooth on the long, peppery aftertaste. There's more cabernet franc this year in the blend, technical director Jean-Luc Martignon told me, because a well-situated parcel that survived the frost of 1956 has turned out to be cabernet franc—and not cabernet sauvignon, as they had always believed! This looks to be one of the best vintages for Petit Village in years. Stephane Derenoncourt also consults here.  (5/2011)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The finest wine from this estate since their glorious 1982, the 2010 Petit Village possesses aromas of licorice, black cherries, cassis, truffles and oak. Powerful and deep with a corpulent texture, a silky mouthfeel and a wonderful lushness, it will be drinkable in 2-3 years and last for 15 or more.  (5/2011)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Fleshy and enticing, offering creamy layers of crushed fig and plum laced with singed mesquite and incense notes. Delivers a flattering feel through the finish, with a linzer torte edge holding sway and embedded acidity providing propulsion. Drink now through 2025.  (3/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Closed but pure fruit - soft but assured. Very sophisticated, gentle style in the context of other Pomerol 2010s. 17/20 points.  (11/2012)

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/12/2013 | Send Email
Seamless milk chocolate nose with chocolate-covered cherries on the palate. Supple and smooth; this was a hard wine to spit out.

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/12/2013 | Send Email
Cocoa and spice on the nose. Plum and spice on the palate, with bright acidity and slightly floral, plummy notes on the finish.

Staff Image By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/12/2013 | Send Email
Really attractive with lots of focused fruit. Not abrasive.

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