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THE NEW PETIT-VILLAGE



Chateau Petit-Village is managed by Englishman Christian SEELY, Managing Director of all of insurance giant AXA's wine properties which include Pauillac's Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron and Sauternes' Chateau Suduiraut.





In 2006, new small thermo-regulated concrete vats were built - with Stephane DERENONCOURT as consultant - allowing for the pigeage of the skins back into the fermenting juice instead of pumping them over or remontage.





The name "Little Village" is thought to be inspired by the fact that the farmhouse and its buildings are grouped around an interior courtyard, thus forming a "Petit-Village".

Story and Photo By Ch'ng Poh Tiong

Major changes have been taking place at 'Little Village'. In full view of the spired Church of Pomerol in the short distance, Petit Village has been transformed after two years of renovations and new construction.

In 2005, the barrel cellar was renovated. The following year saw the building of a new vinification unit complete with a new system for receiving the harvest. This was coupled with the installation of small thermo-regulated concrete vats which - with Stephane DERENONCOURT as consultant - allow for the pigeage of the skins back into the fermenting juice rather than remontage or pumping over as was the case in the past before the 2006 vintage.

This method of punching the skins back into the fermenting juice is quite standard practice in Burgundy whose wines Derenoncourt is a big fan.

In 2007, a second barrel room and a tractor garage were built. Visiting the 'new' Chateau Petit Village, a sense of renewal, over and above the renovations and new construction, is palpable.

"We replanted in 2004, increasing the proportion of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. In 2005, we also replanted two plots of old Merlot vines with the same varietal. Stephane Derenoncourt joined as consultant for the 2006 vintage and initiated pigeage of the skins rather than remontage or pumping over as was the case in the past," Christian Seely.

The soil includes deep gravel on a base of chalk and clay, with layers of red iron residue. The name "Little Village" is thought to be inspired by the fact that the farmhouse and its buildings are grouped around an interior courtyard, thus forming a "Petit-Village". Another reason for the name may be for the fact that Chateau Petit-Village was once at the heart of the village of Pomerol.

Petit-Village is one single vineyard comprising 11 hectares. The plantings are 75% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc. The second wine Jardin de Petit Village (first introduced in 1996) is entirely from Merlot, partly from the younger vines. Chateau Petit-Village is aged for about 15 months in barrels, about 70% of which is new. In 2004, both the grand vin and the second wine were given new labels.

Chateau Petit-Village is managed by Englishman Christian SEELY, Managing Director of all of insurance giant AXA's wine properties which include Pauillac's Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron, Sauternes' Chateau Suduiraut, Hungary's Disnoko Tokaj, Burgundy's Domaine d'Arlot and Portugal's fabled Quinta do Noval.

The Pomerol estate was purchased by AXA in 1989. Michel ROLLAND was the consultant from the 1996 until the 2004 vintage. Present consultant Stephane Derenoncourt began with the 2006 vintage. Serge LEY is the resident "Technical Director" or winemaker.



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