Robert Parker 91
Tasted ex-chateau and single blind in Southwold. The Petit Village 2008 performed well under blind conditions, demonstrating an improvement since Christian Seely has overseen a long-term replanting program. It has very fine lift on the nose: pure dark cherry and cassis tinged fruit with beautifully integrated oak and superb freshness. The palate is medium-bodied with upfront dark berry fruit, black olive and minerals. Good density and vigour and although it is still oaky on the finish, I admire its drive and energy. Tasted January 2012.
Bright dark red. Dark berries, violet, licorice, bitter chocolate, mint and menthol on the ripe, perfumed nose. Juicy and moderately dense, with a light touch to the berry and menthol flavors. Could use a bit more definition and stuffing but should offer pleasure over the next seven or eight years. Finishes with dusty tannins and a repeating menthol note.