This year, the Petit Castel is certainly exceptional and powerful, a worthy competitor to some prior vintages of the Grand Vin, and needing some time to settle down itself. But not surprisingly, this year the Grand Vin may be the best yet. So, pick your poison. Beautifully structured and very graceful in the mid-palate, this Petit Castel is pointed, focused and powerful. Delicious on opening, it becomes much more complex with aeration. Firing on all burners, it is a very fine Petit Castel that should age reasonably well. You won’t be disappointed.
This Bordeaux blend is impeccably balanced, elegantly constructed, and flavorful. It is bright and lively, with moderate tannins. It will be early maturing, but while it does not quite have the depth and intensity of flavor of its big brother, it is a fine wine in its own right and a pleasure to drink. The 2009 Petit Castel is quite an interesting “second” wine at this point. It offers an awful lot. Most wineries would be happy to have it as a first wine. Has been selected by the Head Sommelier of The Claridge Gordon Ramsay.
Cabernet Sauvignon: 53%, Merlot: 36%, Petit Verdot: 5%, Cabernet Franc: 3%, Malbec: 3%
The wine has a delicious flavor, which harmoniously interwoven notes of fruits, tobacco, olives, nettle and wood.
Balanced and soft, with a creamy texture, bright acidity and sweet caramel notes in a long aftertaste.