Château Petit-Village

Welcome to our video podcast Château Petit-Village – Video Show #59.

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As with many of the Pomerol properties in Bordeaux, Château Petit-Village is actually devoid of a grand Château. Laid out in a triangular shape, the estate consists of 11 hectares of vineyards, with a nucleus of small buildings that serve as winery, vineyard and business offices. Interestingly, this is presumed to account for its name, which means “small village”.

It is unknown who initially planted vines at the estate, but after the French Revolution, it has been under the ownership of several families, including the Dufresne family, the De Seguin family (Clos Fourtet), and was acquired by the négociant Fernand Ginestet in 1919. It remained among the Ginestet properties, along with other properties such as Château Margaux and Château Cos d’Estournel, until the difficult 1970s forced the Ginestets to divide their properties. Petit-Village was run by Bruno Prats until 1989 when it was sold to the present owners, the insurance group AXA Millésimes. Christian Seely oversees the AXA portfolio, but Petit-Village was managed by Jean-Michel Cazes and Daniel Llose until Cazes’ retirement. Currently, the property is managed by Daniel Llose and technical director, Serge Ley.

The property is nestled among some well-known neighbors: Vieux Château Certan, La Conseillante, and Beauregard. The Petit-Village vineyards consist of 75% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc, however, the cepage (blend) varies year to year (for 2007: 78% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc). As with nearly all Right Bank properties, the blend is predominately Merlot.

Join us as we talk with technical director Serge Ley about the vineyard, the winemaking, and of course, the wine.

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6 Responses to “Château Petit-Village”

  1. 1 curious Mar 21st, 2009 at 9:56 am

    This one hasn’t shown up in the iTunes feed yet.
    Was this an oversight, given the more pressing matters at hand?

  2. 2 GrapeRadio Bunch Mar 21st, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Good question, curious. I will check into it.


  3. 3 GrapeRadio Bunch Mar 21st, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Everything is now fixed – it will be in your iTunes feed now.


  4. 4 Tim Meranda Apr 1st, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Just how do you download this into itunes?

  5. 5 GrapeRadio Bunch Apr 1st, 2009 at 11:35 am


    There are three ways to watch the video:

    1) Subscribe to the iTunes podcast by clicking here:

    2) Right click on the “Right Click Here to Download” below the video and “Save Target As” to your hard drive. Then you can import this file into iTunes under the “File” Menu.

    3) The easiest option is to click the play button on the embedded video on the website. 🙂


  6. 6 GrapeRadio Bunch Apr 1st, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Tim, Mark beat me to it. Try right-clicking the “right click to download” link above, and select “save target” to someplace like the desktop (you can drag it if you’re on a Mac). From there, use Windows Explorer (or drag it if you’re on a Mac) to move it to iTunes).


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