Lisa Perrotti-Brown. Yields are down this year at Petit Village. They had a little coulure and battled a serious attack of mildew. Later, winds from the north dehydrated some fruit. In the end, they came in at 35 hectoliters per hectare. A blend of 72% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, the deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Petit Village springs from the glass with bold expressions of warm plums, Black Forest cake, black raspberries and kirsch plus hints of rose petals, chocolate box and spearmint. The palate is full and generously fruited with a firm frame of rounded tannins that have just a bit of chew, finishing with soft-spoken freshness and fragrance.
The beautiful depth of fruit is very impressive with a fantastic center palate of full fruit, yet so agile and floating on the palate. The fine-grained tannins kick in at the end. Very fresh and racy.
72% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. 80% old vines. 15 months in oak, 40% new. Spanish technical director Diana Berrouet-Garcia is married to J-F Berrouet, son of Petrus's Jean-Claude. Barrel sample. Darkest cherry red. Subtly spicy dark-fruited nose, quite restrained though the sample is relatively cold. Opens up to a more pencil-like perfume. Upright, and tastes as if there is more Cabernet Sauvignon than there is, perhaps because the Cabernet Sauvignon was so intense this year so that it needed to be infused not extracted, as many winemakers said. The tannins are fine and fresh, deceptively delicate. Light on its feet and fresh but long with a touch of dark chocolate on the finish. The tannins divert you from the sweetness of fruit. (JH) 14.3% Drink 2024-2030