Wine Advocate 89 points - The 2011 Petit Castel is a Bordeaux blend, primarily Merlot (39%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (54%), with Cabernet Franc (2%), Malbec (3%) and Petit Verdot (2%), all aged for 16-18 months in French oak (only 15% new, the rest second and third use). It comes in at 14% alcohol. This seems like a lovely Petit Castel for its graceful, very understated and beautifully balanced demeanor. At times, though, it seems to disappear in the mouth. Its reasonable mid-palate, nice texture and fresh fruit will still make this a wine to enjoy drinking with food, not just to use to impress your friends at a big tasting. The bottle will empty quickly. It will drink well young and hold nicely for the next several years. Drink now-2020 (Dec 2013)
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."