Vinous – 91
The 2012 Petit-Village is juicy, exuberant and forward, with striking palate presence, silky tannins and terrific overall balance. Sweet floral and spice notes add nuance on the gracious finish. Readers should expect a decidedly feminine, sensual Pomerol with considerable early and mid-term appeal. There is plenty to like here. The Petit-Village could very well be a sleeper of the vintage. In 2012 the blend is 80% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine spent 20 months in barrel, 80% new. Julien Lavenu is the consulting winemaker.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2027
Robert Parker – 88
Dense ruby/plum/purple, with notes of blackcurrants, black cherries, licorice and a touch of caramel, this wine shows some oak and background earth. It is medium-bodied, with excellent concentration and tastes noticeably improved over recent vintages. It is not terribly complex, but certainly satisfying, plump and well-endowed. Drink it over the next decade.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025
JancisRobinson.com – 16.5
Tasted blind. Curry powder. Mid crimson. Spice and liquorice. A bit austere. Lots of concentrated fruit and real chunkiness. Hard work! But there is refreshment here.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030