Chateau Petit-Village Le Jardin de Petit-Village Pomerol 2010
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Le Jardin is the second label of the great Pomerol estate, Château Petit-Village. Situated in the heart of the Pomerol appellation, next door to Vieux Château Certan, the estate has benefited from renovation and improvement over the last two decades through its new owners, AXA Millesimes, who also own Château Pichon Baron in Pauillac. Lower yields in the vineyards, a new barrel cellar and fermentation vats have all been implemented by Daniel Llose and consultants Stéphane Derenoncourt and Marielle Cazeaux, who oversee the work in the vineyard and winery between them. The 11 hectares of vines sit at the highest point of Pomerol, on very deep gravel soils. These typically have better drainage than clay-based soils and are therefore warmer than much of Pomerol, which helps vine balance even in the wetter, cooler years. The subsoil is known as 'crasse de fer', an iron-rich clay that is said to confer such complexity to the greatest wines of Pomerol. Vineyards are planted with 75% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon. Vines are between 15 and 20 years of age and grapes were hand-picked before being sorted several times to ensure only perfectly ripe berries entered the winery. Le Jardin de Petit Village is typically made from 100% Merlot and is intended for earlier drinking, which is to say starting at 3-5 years from the vintage and capable of aging 10-20 years depending on the vintage.
Wine SpectatorSports a singed mesquite note, along with juniper, bay leaf and tobacco, while the core of damson plum, raspberry and black currant sits in reserve. Offers a racy feel on the finish, with the tobacco edge holding sway. Not as dense as the top Pomerols, but lovely for drinking while you wait for the rest of the pack to evolve. Drink now through 2020.