reviewsJames Suckling 94-95
Blackberry, dark-chocolate and crushed-slate aromas and flavors. Some lead pencil, too. It’s full and medium-chewy with a fresh finish. Solid. 65% merlot, 26% cabernet franc and 9% cabernet sauvignon.
Wine Advocate 90-92
Aromas of dark berries, cherries, sweet spices and raw cocoa introduce the 2021 Petit Village, a medium to full-bodied, concentrated, ambitious wine that's layered and velvety, with lively acids and ripe but rather chewy tannins. The fruit of a rigorous selection, I appreciate all the hard work that's going here, but I wonder if a gentler touch with extraction might have delivered something more sensual. It's a blend of 65% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, and it was picked late but very quickly, benefiting from the Moulin family's large picking team.
The 2021 Petit-Village was picked in several tries through the parcels, this vintage the first using a density sorter and made 100% by gravity. Harvested between September 29 and October 5 and matured in 50% new oak, it has a very pure bouquet of black cherries and blueberry fruit, crushed violet coming through with time. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm tannins, the Cabernet component imparting almost Left Bank traits of pencil lead and cedar. Displaying good depth, and more cohesive than vintages that I was tasting five to six years ago, this Petit-Village demonstrates fine focus. Though it needs a little more fruit on the finish, it should age well in bottle. (13.5% alcohol) Neal Martin