- Château Pétrus
- Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- 2017 - 2040
- Case size
Robert Parker, February 2009,
Currently closed and backward, this wine seems to share a more similar character to Trotanoy than in any recent vintages I recall. Powerful, structured, masculine, but a long-term proposition, this dark ruby/purple-colored wine displays notes of caramelized, sweet black cherries and wild berry fruit with plenty of spice, earth, and a hint of herbaceousness. The wine has very high tannins, impressive concentration, but that mouth-searing level of tannin. This is one Petrus that should probably be forgotten for at least 8-10 years and drunk over the following two to three decades. I always find it ironic that Petrus, which is virtually 100% Merlot, is more backward than the first growths of Medoc, which are Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated. Drink: 2017 - 2047
Robert Parker, May 2007,
The most backward, tannic, and powerful wine of the appellation, the 2006 Petrus reveals classic herb-tinged, caramel, and sweet black cherry notes intermixed with mocha and spice box. With impressive density, high tannin, full body, and an unyielding style, it will be at its finest between 2020-2050+. This is certainly among the longest-lived wines of the vintage.
Jancis Robinson, May 2007,
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 at the end. Not the richest young Pétrus by a long way. Complex but a bit light for a Pétrus.
Undoubtedly one of the most celebrated and sought after estates in Bordeaux, Château Pétrus needs little introduction. This legendary chateau is owned by the Libournais merchant JP Moueix. Pétrus' vineyards are on the eastern side of the Pomerol appellation towards St. Emilion and are planted principally with Merlot with a smattering of Cabernet Franc. The style is famously opulent and complex.
The small sub-region of Pomerol is situated north-east of the industrious city of Libourne. Pomerol's soils are predominately iron-rich clay with a smattering of gravel that produce wines with extraordinary power and depth. As a result of this clay-dominance, it has the highest percentage of Merlot planted in all of Bordeaux. Certain châteaux are produced exclusively from this grape, but most incorporate smaller quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc as well. Despite its hefty (if not exclusive) proportion of Merlot, many people think of wines from this region as separate entities. As one wine aficionado stated recently, "It's not Merlot. It's Pomerol." Despite the region's small size, Pomerol contains some of the world's most sought after (and expensive) wines including Pétrus, Le Pin, Lafleur, l'Evangile and Vieux Château Certan. Unlike other Bordelais subregions, there is no system of classification. The châteaux are traded on reputation alone.