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2009 Chateau Petrus Reviews 


 


100 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“An opulent Petrus very much in the stylistic family of the 1990, this 100% Merlot has a dense plum/purple color and a sweet nose of mulberries, black cherries, some subtle toast, and licorice as well as a floral element. A wine of great intensity, a multidimensional mouthfeel, and full-bodied, stunning concentration, the 2009 Petrus 2009 is everything one would expect of it. Given the sweetness of its tannin, much like the 1990, I suspect this wine will always be “open for business,” appealing even in its youth.”



99 Pointz James Suckling


“Tons of truffle and chocolate make this lush and fleshy Pomerol very seductive. The power and concentration are impressive, but right at the opulent and silky finish there's just a hint of warmth from the alcohol.”



99 Pointz Wine Spectator


“This offers a beautiful balance between its two sides: dark fig, roasted plum, and toast flavors versus racy raspberry, cassis, and perfumy black tea notes. Silky overall, but with terrific latent grip and a mouthwatering minerality that drives through the finish, pulling out extra fruit paste and charred spice hints. Very, very impressive range.”



98 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“Rich, sweet, and concentrated, with a definite spicy character and sweet, soft tannins. This is richer than many Pétrus in the past, textured like velvet, but with final acidity.”



98 Pointz Vinous


“The 2009 Petrus is surprisingly backward on the nose compared directly with the 2009 Le Pin, demanding a lot of coaxing. Initially broody, it then begins to flourish with wild strawberry, cranberry, crushed stone, and black truffle, all beautifully defined but very succinct. The palate is medium-bodied with silky tannins lending an almost cashmere texture. Hints of leather and mocha infused the mainly red fruit, but where this Petrus really shines is within the unearthly precision on the finish and the enormously long aftertaste. Brilliant.”



98 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“Rich, sweet, and concentrated, with a definite spicy character and sweet, soft tannins. This is richer than many Pétrus in the past, textured like velvet, but with final acidity.”



97 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar


“Dark ruby. Ripe red cherry, cocoa, exotic herbs, soy sauce, sweet spices, and a hint of licorice on the showy, opulent nose. At once fat and juicy, with firm-edged dark berry flavors contributing very good grip and backbone to softer, fleshier plum, black cherry, chocolate syrup, and sexy Oriental spice flavors. Finishes juicy, minty, and fresh, with very broad, lingering notes of sweet ripe dark berries and milk chocolate.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


100 Pointz Decanter



“Truly flavorsome, the blackberry, raspberry puree, and rich black cherry fruits here are dense, generous, and fully ripe, but manage to retain a savory rosemary, coffee bean, and black olive edge. It makes you smile involuntarily, in that way that great wine does. You almost want to forbid people from eating anything with this wine, at least for the first glass, and certainly forbid them from putting it on a table with other trophy wines where its impact will be softened. It demands - and should receive - full concentration. Textured slate runs through the mid-palate and brings a jolt of minerality through the finish. You could drink this today after carafing but you just know that it's barely out of the starting blocks.”




18/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,


Master of Wine


“Blackcurrant freshness and direction. Rather chewy. Real lift. Cool and gorgeous.”




2008 Chateau Petrus Reviews


  

97 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


" It is hard to call Petrus a “sleeper of the vintage,” but the 2008 will merit more attention than most consumers would think. Low yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare resulted in only 25,000 bottles of this beauty. A wine of great intensity (possibly the most concentrated wine of the vintage), this 100% Merlot boasts a dark purple color as well as a sweet perfume of mocha, caramel, black cherries, black currants, earth, and forest floor. Deep, unctuously textured, full-bodied, and pure, it will benefit from 4-5 years of cellaring and should drink well for 25-30+ years."

 


97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast 


"Gorgeous, smooth wine, perhaps even more intense than in past vintages. The tannins are totally enveloped by the ripe plum and damson fruits. Complex, powerful, layered, and opulent, this is a wine for the long term."

 


96 Pointz Vinous



“The 2008 Pétrus has a classic Pomerol nose, perhaps darker fruit than other vintages, blackberry and briary, a touch of truffle and minerals. I love the definition here, the cool restraint. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, a fine bead of acidity, chalky and tensile with moderate depth. There is a sense of composure, maybe even conservatism attached to this Pétrus that sports a mineral-driven and (at least for this Pomerol) almost austere finish compared to the 2009 or 2010. But it is a lovely wine that is only just beginning to open. Haunting.”



95 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar


“Captivating aromas of blackberry, black cherry, flowers, licorice, and Oriental spices are lifted by hints of white pepper and soy sauce. Rich and concentrated yet suave on entry, then sweet but with outstanding grip in the middle, with harmonious acidity providing terrific lift and definition to the multifaceted, opulent flavors of dark berries, mocha, iron, and spices. This massive, exotic wine coats the entire palate without conveying any impression of weight; its remarkably smooth finish lasts for minutes. One of the top three wines of the vintage, and a remarkable Petrus.”




94 Pointz James Suckling


“There's so much floral and berry character on the nose and palate here. It's full-bodied and very dense with lots of fine and delicate tannins. Winemaker Ol iver Berrouet calls it a classic Bordeaux in style and I have to agree with him because of the fine tannins, fresh acidity, and beautiful reserve fruit. Lovely sweet berry and chocolate finish to the wine.”



93 Pointz Wine Spectator 


"This has texture and range that's a step up from the pack, with a gorgeous, silky feel to the ripe but restrained cherry, raspberry, and damson plum notes that are layered with hints of black tea, incense, and mineral. The long finish is more about poise than power. Lovely. Drink now through 2020." 



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

 


96 Pointz Decanter


“Tight and firm, yet with incredibly embracing tannins that are still in their early phase of evolution, even though it is 100% Merlot. It's a trick that basically nobody else in Pomerol can pull off to quite this extent. Some liquorice kicks through, along with dark plum and blackberry fruits, touches of white pepper, and coffee bean. Extremely enjoyable and still extremely young.”






2007 Chateau Petrus Reviews 

 


94 Pointz James Suckling


“This Petrus is solid for the vintage with bright and pretty fruit. It’s full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a berry, Indian spice, and cinnamon character. Long and intense. Better than most may believe. Still needs some time but who can wait?”



92 Pointz Stephen Tanzer's

International Wine Cellar 


"Bright red-ruby. Scented nose offers violet, minerals, menthol, tobacco leaf, and pipe tobacco. The palate displays lovely subtle intensity and inner-mouth perfume, with precise flavors of red fruits, minerals, and mint expanding and rising on the firm back end. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and a light touch. With 24 hours in the recorked bottle, this showed a somewhat darker, deeper fruit quality, with the menthol and mineral notes coming to the fore. Should repay a few years in the bottle but shows the fairly soft structure characteristic of the year."

 


92 Pointz Vinous


“The 2007 Petrus is certainly one of the over-performers in an otherwise mediocre vintage, although you still have to pay through the nose for a bottle. Served alongside the 2009 and 2010, it has impressive fruit concentration with a mixture of red and black fruit, those traits of black truffle and pain d'épices still evident as displayed on previous bottles. And likewise, the 2007 Petrus does respond to aeration, gaining a little weight and girth in the glass, even if it must lie in the shadow of the 2009 and 2010 (an unfair comparison in many ways). This is probably beginning to drink nicely with 11 years on the clock and should drink well for another fifteen. Tasted blind at a private dinner in Hong Kong.”



92 Pointz Wine Spectator

"This offers pure, subtle fruit, with blackberry, sliced mushroom, and blueberry notes. Full-bodied and balanced, with silky tannins, a pretty finish, and just the right amount of wood. Powerful for the vintage. Best after 2014." 



91 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 


"The delicious 2007 is the first Petrus in a number of years that can be drunk immediately. Relatively big for the vintage, it offers a dark plum/ruby/purple color as well as aromas of mulberries, black cherries, cedarwood, and soil undertones, loads of fruit, a plump, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, silky tannins, and low acidity. It should drink nicely for 15 or more years." 




2006 Chateau Petrus Reviews  



97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast 


"After the fabulous 2005, Petrus again has produced a magnificent wine in 2006...It has an immensely powerful structure and concentration, always the hallmark of this wine. But this structure is almost masked by the superbly ripe and fresh fruit. And with all this weight, there is still a sense of proportion, the rich berry fruits, smokiness, and light spice beautifully integrated."

 


96 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

 

Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Petrus now seems to be evolving more slowly than the 2006 Le Pin: the fruit darker with raspberry coulis, mulberry, hints of marmalade and crushed rose petals coming forth. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, gently gripping the mouth and demonstrating admirable weight and complexity. You might almost think there was some Cabernet Franc towards the finish thanks to the subtle peppery notes coming through. It is probably ready to drink now, but the substance here suggests that it will age for another decade and continue to offer pleasure long after. Tasted January 2016.



94 Pointz Wine Spectator


"This displays green coffee bean and raspberry aromas, with a leafy undertone. Full-bodied, with refined tannins and a pretty finish. Very silky and classy. Lasts a long time on the finish. Best after 2014. 2,800 cases made." 



93 Vinous

 

“Bright medium ruby. Reticent but complex nose opened with air to display an almost roasted ripeness to the aromas of dark berries and licorice. Sweet, deep, and lush, showing brooding dark berry and black cherry fruit sexed up by an exotic chocolate liqueur quality. A hugely rich but rather inscrutable wine. This was much deeper in pitch than the Trotanoy I tasted next to it, and missing that wine's ineffable mineral high notes, inner-mouth perfume and impression of harmoniousness. Is this simply too young to assess today? Time will tell.”




Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

 


96 Pointz Decanter 


“Terrific texture, weight, and heft on both the nose and the attack. A flush of powerful tannic grip is balanced by stunning acidity and bright silken fruit. Overall the structure is compellingly insistent, still dancing around the palate, a flourishing, featherweight beauty that demands your attention. Magisterially good.”




17.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


Not especially deep crimson. Not the definition on the nose of some-quite opulent and more middle-aged a bit of makeup and powder here rather than a fresh complexion. A wine with a history and lots to say! Bit smudgy. Very fine tannins and lift on the end. Not the richest young Petrus by a long way. Complex but a bit light for a Petrus.   





2005 Chateau Petrus Reviews 




100 Pointz Vinous


“The 2005 Petrus is dazzling. Rich, ample, and explosive, the 2005 possesses magnificent density from start to finish. An exotic mélange of cedar, blood orange, spicebox, mint, and dried flowers leads into a core of deep, concentrated fruit. All the elements meld together seamlessly in a Petrus that simply has it all. Readers fortunate enough to taste it will find a statuesque, monumental Petrus that is both powerful and refined. The 2005 continued to improve as I tasted it into the second day. It is without question one of the standout wines of 2005.”



100 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“As so often, Pétrus has the ability to charm and impress, to seduce and overwhelm. This 2005, one of the greatest vintages from this great chateau, is massive and concentrated, with flavors of ripe black figs, chocolate, and dark plums. Put that all together and the result is the utmost deliciousness, freshness, and elegance. A major wine.”



100 Pointz Wine Spectator


“A sleeping giant. Dark ruby in color, showing aromas of blackberry, cèpe, and green olive, with a hint of mineral. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a supercaressing mouthfeel. Turns to coffee, dark chocolate, and berry. Chewy yet balanced. Very, very long in the mouth. The finish is absolutely breathtaking.”



97 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“Offering pure black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, the inky ruby/purple 2005 Petrus is still very young and unyielding, but super-concentrated, powerful, full-bodied, and primordial. It is much more backward than the likes of Lafleur, Trotanoy or Hosanna. Nevertheless, it is super-rich, extracted, beautifully balanced, and pure. Forget it for another 10-15 years, and drink it over the following half-century. This may well be among the longest-lived wines of 2005.”



96 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar


“Deep red. Knockout nose combines raspberry, mulberry, coffee, minerals, and sexy coconutty oak. Strong yet silky on the attack, then strikingly deep in the middle, with superb inner-mouth perfume to the flavors of boysenberry, minerals, and flowers. This boasts palate-staining fruit and grip of steel. A powerfully structured, profound wine with extraordinary energy, from fruit picked very early. This great but backward wine should evolve in bottle for three or four decades.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



19.5/20 Pointz Decanter


“A great Petrus, certainly the best since 1998. Massive concentration and reined-in power. Builds on the palate. Great balance for such a big wine. Drink 2015-2040.” 



19/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Tasted blind. Very savoury and appetising. Round and sweet. A real charmer with such great balance that I swallowed it! Really lovely. No rough edges. Long. Drink 2015-2045 ”





2004 Chateau Petrus Reviews  



97 Pointz Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection


“Is a classic. Vintage 2004 has given beautifully ripe Merlot, perfectly poised, but also showing the dryness and power. It is hugely intense, structured, bringing in blackberry flavors, fresh acidity, and complex wood, perfumed and rich, concentrated.”



95 Pointz Wine & Spirits


“By far the most concentrated of the '04 Pomerols, Pétrus carries its extract with opulence and grace. It feels intense while tasting vibrant, the buoyancy of its floral red fruit a clear match for the resonant tannins. There's nothing showy about it; in fact, the wine closes off with air. Pétrus requires patience and may not begin to show itself completely until it closes in on 20 years.”



93 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar


“Deep medium red. Subtly complex aromas of mulberry, red cherry, toffee, caramel, iron and flowers. A bit narrow on entry, then expands in the middle palate without any loss of focus. A very firmly built, vibrant, and classy 2004 with a tight mineral core and ineffable spice character. This is by far the most backward 2004 in the Moueix portfolio. Finishes with terrific aromatic persistence and subtlety. This will surely evolve in the direction of toffee and truffle and may ultimately merit an even higher rating.”



93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The dark plum/ruby-tinged 2004 Petrus possesses high acidity as well as copious amounts of sweet cherries and black currants intermixed with hints of cola, earth, and truffles. Deep, medium-bodied, concentrated, ripe flavors are excruciatingly firm and tannic.”



93 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Offers crushed berries, with chocolate and light vanilla. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit, silky tannins, and a caressing texture. Very harmonious and pretty, with a balanced palate.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



18/20 Poinz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine 



“Remarkably red-fruited still on the nose with just a little bit of exotic spice and sweetness: the epitome of luxury and decadence yet it also smells so youthful and vibrant. Firm and dry on the palate, less yielding than I expected from the aroma. Much more tertiary character - undergrowth. Chewy finish but it's warm and satisfying and still has a way to go.”




2003 Chateau Petrus Reviews




98 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Extraordinary nose of berry, chocolate, and flowers. Amazing, jaw-dropping quality. Full-bodied, with supersilky, seductive tannins and a finish that lasts for minutes. Out of this world.”



96 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“One of the great successes of 2003, and a surprise given the problems with Merlot in Pomerol. This is a powerfully huge wine, but its fruit is so rich, so superb that the tannins have just become part of a complete whole.”



93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“An early September harvest in this hot year produced a 2003 that has reached full maturity. It offers notes of roasted coffee, melted chocolate, figs, and black cherry jam. There are some rustic tannins in the finish, but this expansive, rich Petrus displays far more intensity and complexity than most expected given the difficulties in Pomerol in 2003.”



93 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar


“Deep, healthy red-ruby color. Multidimensional aromas of mulberry, plum, smoked meat, leather, and mocha are at once vibrant and slightly wild. Then sweet, densely packed, and powerful, and showing little or no sign of the excesses of the vintage. This has a wonderfully tactile texture and great breadth on the back end. The tannins are sweet but firm and serious, giving the wine outstanding grip-even a touch of youthful austerity-for a 2003 from the right bank. This really coats the mouth.”



92 Pointz Vinous


“The 2003 Petrus was born in a difficult vintage for Pomerol, although its blue clay a.k.a 'smectite' soils probably gave Christian Moueix and Jean-Claude Berrouet a slight advantage given its propensity to retain moisture and prevent hydric stress. … After a timid opening it settles down with attractive mulberry, wild strawberry, and clove scents, quite rich but not overpowering. I would argue that it is not as detailed as other vintages. The palate is very well balanced and surprisingly well defined considering the heat of that summer. Rich and opulent for Petrus (maybe the most opulent that Jean-Claude Berrouet ever made) and yet it retains a sense of symmetry and freshness on the finish that I think is unique to this Pomerol. Who says there is no such thing as terroir?”




2002 Chateau Petrus Reviews  



93 Pointz Wine Spectator


“Gorgeous subtle aromas of crushed raspberries and light vanilla, with hints of spices. Medium- to full-bodied, with wonderfully seductive, silky tannins. Beautiful slinky finish. Pétrus is very fine indeed in this vintage. Not overdone, all in the right place.”




92 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar



“Good full red. Red plum, minerals, coffee, cocoa powder, and sexy oak on the nose. Densely packed and round but cool, with rich, full red fruit flavors spreading out to saturate the entire mouth. Just a hint of austerity to remind the taster of the vintage. Finishes with excellent length for 2002 and good, ripe tannins.”



90 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“A relatively strong effort for this vintage... notes of plums, black cherries, licorice, and some herbs and damp earth. Medium-bodied, muscular, and tannic... it should age nicely for 12-15 more years and possibly be even better than my score.”




2001 Chateau Petrus Reviews  



97 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck


“There’s not many 2001s I know of that will compete with the 2001 Petrus. Still youthfully ruby in color, it offers an incredibly complex perfume of blackcurrants, forest floor, white truffles, and Asian spices. These give way to a full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, opulent, hedonistic, yet also elegant 2001 that has loads of sweet tannin, beautiful mid-palate depth, and a great, great finish.”



97 Pointz Vinous


“The 2001 Chateau Petrus has always been among winemaker Jean-Claude Berrouet’s favourite vintages. It has developed a truly exquisite bouquet that is both svelte and sensual without any sense of being overbearing. It is almost unaware of its beauty. It gradually opens with tinctures of dried blood merging with ebullient and disarmingly pure red fruit with brilliant delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly grainy tannin, quite forceful red fruit gripping the senses and then letting go, allowing a subtle savory/cooked meat note to flourish towards the finish. Maybe this bottle was a touch more foursquare than previous ones that I have encountered although that will melt away with time. Tasted at the Petrus dinner at the Épure restaurant in Hong Kong.”



95 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate



“The 2001 Petrus (2,160 cases produced) exhibits more depth and richness than any other Pomerol I tasted. Its deep saturated ruby/plum/purple color is accompanied by a tight but promising bouquet of vanilla, cherry liqueur, melted licorice, black currants, and notions of truffles and earth. Rich, full-bodied, and surprisingly thick as well as intense, there is plenty of structure underlying the wealth of fruit and extract. Give it 3-6 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following two decades as it promises to be one of the longest-lived wines of the vintage, not to mention one of the most concentrated. I told Christian Moueix (although I’m not sure he agreed with me) that his best wines of 2001 reminded me of the 1971s in style, but with slightly less tannin and more fat.”



95 Pointz Wine Spectator


“This is very youthful, almost like a barrel sample. Some might say it is still in a dumb stage, yet there's plenty of body and richness, with blackberry and toasted oak character, verging on coffee. Very long. A beauty.”



92 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar


“Medium red-ruby. Very ripe but subdued nose hints at mulberry, caramel, toffee, iron, and nutty oak. Very ripe, broad, and deep but quite closed today; lush and full but classically dry and light on its feet. Red berry and mineral flavors coat the palate. Builds impressively on the very long, gripping finish. I would not be surprised if this very suave Petrus merited a higher score a decade down the road.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



 18.5/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine 


“Very thick and sweet. Dense and spicy. Rich. Dry finish. Jewelly. Very sweet. Round. Really chocolatey and rich. Fun. This has to be Pétrus, surely?”





2000 Chateau Petrus Reviews  



100 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“A prodigious Chateau Petrus, this wine has that extra level of intensity and complexity that is monumental. The magic is clearly Petrus, and the 2000 will always be an interesting vintage to compare to another legend in the making, the 1998, or more recently, of course, the 2005, 2008, and 2009. Extremely full-bodied, with great fruit purity, an unmistakable note of underbrush, black truffle, intense black cherries, licorice, and mulberry, the wine seems to show no evidence of oak whatsoever. It has a sumptuous, unctuous texture, plenty of tannin, but also vibrancy and brightness. This is a remarkable wine that seems slightly more structured and massive than the 1998, which comes across as slightly more seamless, as if it were haute couture. This wine needs at least another 5-10 years of cellaring and should age for 50+ years.”



98 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“While the first impression with Pétrus is the wood, it is the fruit which gradually shows itself. It is extraordinary, this dense fruit, which simultaneously manages to float with elegance. There is layer after layer of fruit, sometime black, sometimes smoky, sometimes spicy. The wine is not yet totally integrated, still intensely young, with decades to go. But what a development it will be.”



98 Pointz Wine Spectator


“This has a pretty jam-packed core of blackberry, plum, and boysenberry confiture notes inlaid with ample charcoal-edged tannins and carrying through a robustly tobacco-coated finish. But even with that density and power, there is a really beguiling backdrop of incense and black tea flavors waiting to emerge further. It's all there, but this seems a touch more backward than the rest of the field, so hold on here. (Blind 2000 Bordeaux retrospective) Best from 2018 through 2035. 2,500 cases made.”





96 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar



“Bright ruby-red. Knockout nose combines mulberry, raspberry liqueur, toffee, iron, and minerals. Silky and thick on entry, then extremely dense and backward in the middle palate, with superripe notes of liqueur, game, and truffle. A remarkably impressive, rather wild Petrus in an almost late-harvest style. Finishes with big, thoroughly ripe tannins and gamey merlot flavors of roasted meats, truffle and red berry liqueur. Like the 2000 Trotanoy, this wine may not match the 1998 for sheer class, but it's a massive, flamboyantly rich wine with a good 30 to 40 years of development ahead of it.”



93 Pointz James Suckling


“A delicious nose of black olives, brown sugar, and sliced plums. Full-bodied but shy, with a dense palate and soft and silky tannins. Flavors of milk chocolate, plums, and light vanilla bean come through. This is so good now, but wait three to four years to really see it shine.”




Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom



19/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Dark ruby with a black tinge. Rich and with minerals and a strong, pungent note that reminds me of fireworks. Very rich and explosive. Much more impact than the Le Pin. Very long and gorgeous. The most exciting wine here!! Very rich and complete.”


ENJOY!




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