2011 Petit-Village, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1091038 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)

92-93 points James Suckling

 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.  (4/ 2012)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (4/ 2012)

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)

Jancis Robinson

 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.  (4/ 2012)

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.  (4/ 2012)

K&L Notes

*+ 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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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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Bordeaux

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Pomerol