Wine Advocate 89 points - 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. (Apr 2015)
Winemaker's Notes: "The Petit is a blend of the wines which were not used for its big brother. Again the blend will be mainly Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest, in order of importance is Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The wine is aged for 16 months in French oak barrels."