| Wine Advocate 89 points (Apr 2015)
The 2012 Petit Castel is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 2% each of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, aged for 16 months in French oak (only 15% new). Crisp, focused and a bit astringent, this Petit Castel doesn’t show much concentration in the mid-palate, but it has power to spare and the elegance that typically has comes to the fore in the mid-palate. It is clean, transparent and pure. This will never be a sweet or obvious wine, but when it settles down it should drink well, in what some might call a classic, Old World style. I’ll admit to being a bit troubled by the mid-palate concentration. It seems a bit slight at times in a vintage where there was plenty of concentration to be had. It does do many other things exceptionally well, plus it does flesh out a bit with aeration, calming my quibbles a bit. Still, let’s be conservative just now.