The domaine belonged to several owners throughout the XIX century. The history of the Château Petit-Village starts in 1919, when Ferdinand Ginestet, a famous wine merchant from Bordeaux, took over the domaine. In 1971, his daughter Madame Prats became director of the château, who was succeeded then by her son Bruno, a great personality that contributed to the development and improvement of Petit-Village. In 1989, the château was finally sold by the family Prats to AXA Millésimes, wine branch of the homonymous assurance group. The past few years have seen major renovations and changes at Petit-Village. Significant replanting of the vineyard had occurred, with the long term aim of maximising quality. The winery has been completely rebuilt, with a new vat room of concrete vats of varying sizes designed exactly for their terroir, which enables the winery to vinify each small parcel separately. These updates have contributed to a significant improvement in the quality of Petit-Village’s wines.
Like a jewel in its coffer, château Petit-Village is set in the highest part of the Pomerol plateau, on deep gravel and clay soils in the heart of this appellation. Pomerol represents Bordeaux’s smallest appellation. Close to the city of Libourne, the appellation extends over just 800 hectares with only four kilometers of length and three kilometers of width.
Château Petit-Village is situated on a magnificent clay and gravel plateau. Its 10.5 hectares of vineyards are shaped like a triangle. Its soil consists of deep gravel mixed with light sandy clays over a subsoil of “crasse de fer,” typical for the great wines of Pomerol.
All the grape varieties are planted according to the soil. The Merlot dominates on the estate (75%). It creates the soul of the wine and endows it with its roundness and elegance. The rest of the vineyard is planted with Cabernet Franc (18%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (7%), which give structure, complexity and aromatic intensity to the final blend.
Petit-Village’s wines are complex, harmonic and elegant. Like all the greatest wines of Pomerol, as they age they develops stronger and richer aromas.