2009 Petit-Village, Pomerol

SKU #1112781 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Very juicy, smoky, smooth and velvety. It has great acidity as well as sweet fruit. An opulent, open wine, yet with a great final structure; big and sweet.  (4/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator

 This darker, toastier style delivers plush cocoa and plum sauce aromas and flavors to lead the way, liberally laced with notes of pain d'épices, fig and blackberry confiture. Fleshy edges build through the finish, with impressive grip. A property steadily on the rise. Best from 2014 through 2027.  (3/2012)

92 points James Suckling

 A wine with sweet tobacco and blueberries and hints of orange peel follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and a pretty finish. A little austere, but very attractive. Better in 2016.  (2/2012)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Their finest effort since 1982, Petit Village has turned out a beautifully generous, succulent, fleshy 2009 with loads of ripe plum, black currant, black cherry, mocha and subtle earthy undertones. Round, flamboyant, dense and rich, with low acidity, outstanding concentration and purity, and a long finish, this outstanding wine should drink well for up to 15 or more years.  (2/2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, deep ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of cherry, leather, game, mocha and smoke. Plush, sweet, concentrated and seamless, showing an opulent texture to its flavors of black cherry, dark raspberry, mocha and toffee. Very tactile, dense wine with tongue-coating dusty tannins and very good length. Seriously rich for this property, and sexy already.  (7/2012)

K&L Notes

From JancisRobinson.com "Cedary fresh nose - but not herbaceous. Just a touch meaty. Texture is attractively dry rather than drying. Unafraid. Just about fresh." (10/2011)

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