2011 Petit-Village, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)
A solid, chunky wine that feels powerful and dense. Its tannins overlay the ripe fruit, and the finish has a juicy character.
Lots of black chocolate and black berry character. Full body, with a solid core of fruit and velvety tannins. Very well done. Delicious. This has a little more Cabernet Franc than normal with 23% and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest in Merlot.
Nicely refined, with a supple feel to the light wood spice and sandalwood shadings that frame the core of cassis, mulled cherry and blackberry fruit. Stays velvety through the finish.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(72% merlot, 19% cabernet franc and 9% cabernet sauvignon; 65% new oak): Deep ruby. Sexy perfume of red cherry, raspberry jelly and cinnamon complemented by white pepper and aromatic herbs. Enters sweet and supple, then turns more austere toward the back, with red berry and mineral flavors carrying well on the finish. A very good Petit-Village, with the quantity down about 30% due to the difficult weather conditions.
19% Cabernet Franc, 72% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon. 65% new oak. Deep greyish crimson. Interesting orange aroma in addition to spicy cassis. Such a contrast with the Pauillacs tasted at Pichon Longueville. Orange pekoe tea. Seductive without being opulent. Cleaner cut than may Pomerols this year. Fine and polite tannins but with a disguised grip.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A front end-loaded, richly fruity effort, the 2011 Petit Village exhibits notes of black cherry jam, plum sauce, earth and background oak. This pretty, medium-bodied, silky-textured wine possesses above average concentration and character. Enjoy it over the next 10-12 years.
*+ 72% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon. Intense Asian spice aromas that follow to the palate. Plenty of tannins, but enough fruit to balance them out.