1964 Château Petit Village Pomerol Wine Tasting Note


1964 Château Petit Village  (Pomerol) 89

For its age, the wine still showed good color. The wine offered a surprising amount of heft, earthy, tobacco laden plums and a touch of forest leaf. The fruit was ripe, and still served up a nice sweetness. The wine was not very complex, but it was fun tasting the property before they pulled out all their old-vine Merlots, replacing them with Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Petit Village Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Chateau Petit Village, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Petit Village is much better with at least 7-10 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours, or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Petit Village offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 9-20 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Petit Village with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Petit Village is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau Petit Village is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Petit Village is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

The best vintages of Chateau Petit Village are: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2009. I have not had much luck with older vintages, but I admit, I seldom see them. My feeling are that the best wines from Petit Village are being made today.

The Character and Style of Petit Village

Chateau Petit Village has been a medium/full bodied Pomerol, without the same level of ripeness, elegance and concentration the better wines from the region often display.

With Stephane Derenoncourt replacing Michel Rolland in 2005, things are starting to turn around for this popular, Right Bank, Bordeaux wine. However, 2015 Petit Village was a step up from the other, previously produced vintages. It is really a classy wine and hopefully, that vintage is a harbinger of things to come from this well-known, but under-performing estate.

Chateau Petit Village produces close to 2,500 cases of wine per year. There is a second wine, Le Jardin de Petit Village.