Chateau Petit-Village, AOC Pomerol, Bordeaux, Nouvelle Aquitaine, France, 2005
This wine: lot No. L0105 (on back label), 2005 – dry weather conditions, a soil of red gravel, quartz and flint over a clay sub-soil, a merlot heavy blend, with 20% cabernet franc and 5% cabernet sauvignon; oak aged for 15 months in 50% new, and 50% second year barrels, coated natural cork closure, 13% abv, Wine Society, £90 (01/20)
Consumer tasting note: Pomerol from an almost perfect vintage weather-wise, lots of complexity, with aromas red fruits and berries, fresh and confit, whiffs of violets, cedar and liquorice, with a hint of green pepper, pointing to cabernet franc in the blend. Medium bodied, fresh acidity and marked yet ripe and fine grained tannins, which soften after an hour or so, with a palate of red cherry and currant, black berry and cedar. Finishes medium-long.
Drink now – RTD, and will improve over 2-4 years – Wait. Double decant for 30-60 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears [a trace of fine sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity (not far shy of pronounced), developing, with aromas as they come, of a faint hint of farmyard-meatiness, a spicy edge, dark red plum jam, redcurrant jelly, a hint of green pepper, warm candle wax, delicate whiffs of violets, squashed ripe raspberry, black liquorice, ripe blackberry, a hint of smashed hazelnut shell, blackberry jam, hint of warm leaf humus, hint of cedar, cooked spicy black cherry, a hint of strawberry jam.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, fine grained medium (+) tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of red cherry, redcurrant, hint of black berry, a touch of candle wax, cedar, black liquorice, a very slight bitterness on the end which disappears shortly. A medium (+) length (~25s), with a clean finish of red, edged with black berries, with a touch of candle wax and black liquorice on the end.
Quality: very good, well balanced fresh(ish) acidity and firm ripe and fine grained tannins (which could benefit from a tad more time in cellar) with moderate alcohol, a quite strong intensity throughout with slightly lesser concentration; strong complexity on the promising nose, lesser in mid-palate, with evidence of fruit development (cooked fruit), time in oak (cedar, spice), and in bottle (cedar, leaf humus, nut shell, meat, wax). Finishes medium-long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for further ageing over say 2-4 years, with lessening of the tannins and further tertiary development. A sound structure and balance, with promising attributes, recently embarked on a tertiary voyage, with expectations of hint development.