2011 Petit-Village, Pomerol

SKU #1156064 92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 A solid, chunky wine that feels powerful and dense. Its tannins overlay the ripe fruit, and the finish has a juicy character.  (4/2012)

93 points James Suckling

 A refined but soulful wine with blackberry, chocolate and walnut character. Full body with juicy fruit and a fruity finish. It’s well-knit and integrated. Try in 2017.  (2/2014)

88-90 points 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.  (5/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Slightly chewy in feel today, with a ganache edge leading the way. The core of blackberry and black currant fruit waits in reserve. Turns toward roasted alder and tobacco elements on the finish, staying grippy throughout. Holds ample fruit in reserve and should unwind in the cellar. Best from 2016 through 2022.  (3/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Lovely rich perfume and tasty fruit. Not overblown, not mean - right in the middle. Very nicely done. A reliable stalwart. 17/20 points. Drink to 2023.  (4/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 There is a lot of Merlot in Petit Village offerings, a property that enjoys an outstanding exposition of the plateau of Pomerol near the town of Libourne. The deep ruby/purple-hued 2011 exhibits lots of rich, concentrated fruit, medium to full body, and a supple, round style. It should drink nicely for a decade. If you like ripe berries, caramel, toffee and vanillin, you will like this. (RP)  (4/2014)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2014 | Send Email
*+ 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.

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