Chateau Petit Village 1985 Pomerol
I had lunch with my family on SAT to celebrate my last week anniversary. My father makes wine for longer than 20 years from our own grown grapes – you may call it a natural wine as there are virtually no chemicals added, and that is usually drank within 10 months time from the harvest. It is always challenging for me to come up with a wine to please my father as he is truly a fan of his self-made wine. As I started to develop my taste for wine and educate my palate, I tried to do the same by sampling wines together with him. For a certain reason that I still do not understand, my father seemed to favor his wine over the ones I was proposing. However, this situation changed for some good months and he started to appreciate more and more my wines – if I could call them like that.
So, on SAT we had a family barbeque – taking advantage of the last sunny day of the weekend, and grilled some lamb chops and some really tender young pork shoulder with corn and red bell peppers. As I wanted to try a wine closer to my year of birth, the random walk in the cellar – actually it was not that random – produced a 1985 Pomerol.
I did not have any problems uncorking the bottle, on the contrary the cork popped up very easily, it was almost completely soaked in wine and it came out in one piece.
Chateau Petit Village was in the Prats family(the former owners of Cos d’Estournel until 1998 when it was sold) when the 1985 was produced – Domaines Prats is printed on the label. Later on, in 1989 Petit Village was sold to AXA Millesime, the same owners of Pichon Baron from Pauillac. The Prats were using high yields while they owned the property, so the wines were showing signs of dilution. Until recently, Petit Village was lagging in quality, but this situation started to change after AXA bought the property. The steepest increase in quality started to happen in the mid 2000.
The Petit Village estate neighbors Vieux Chateau Certan to the north, Beauregard to the south and La Conseillante to the east. It has 11 hectare of vineyards and there is no grand chateau, the main building is little more than a farmhouse. The vines are in a single parcel which takes the shape of a triangle, and lies not far from the village of Catusseau. They are mostly Merlot, this variety taking up 75% of the vineyard, with 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc. Around 3500 cases of the grand vin are produced every year.
1985 Chateau Petit Village Pomerol
Ruby red color with light brick rim, but still youthful. Fully developed and maturing nose, elegant, with good intensity and aromas of red currant, tobacco, spice, earth and light greenness. Really seducing nose but not on the powerful side. Medium bodied and really youthful, with integrating tannins, well structured, exhibiting beautiful flavors of graphite, spice, red fruit with good definition: red currant, sweet red cherry and strawberry, tobacco and smoke, with good grip on the palate. Medium plus finish, with pure red cherry sweetness and spice. Very elegant, focused and still holding really well. No rush to drink this wine as it will continue to stay on this plateau and deliver great drinking pleasure. 12.5% alc (92/100)
My father enjoyed this wine probably as much as I did – judging by the frequent sips, and it was also amazed by how young the wine appeared in the mouth. The spicy lamb chops were a bit overpowering the delicate aromas of the wine, but the pork shoulder was a happy match. We fully enjoyed the meal and this mature wine seduced our senses in such a pleasant way that I cannot wait to open another older bottle of wine. I hope you also enjoy a maturing wine.