2009 Pétrus-Gaia, Bordeaux Supérieur (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1056614 92 points James Suckling

 This shows chocolate, berry and light tobacco character. Full body, with a medium mid-palate and a delicious finish. Juicy wine. Drink now or hold.  (2/2012)

88-91 points Wine Spectator

 Chocolate, berry and meat aromas follow through to a medium body, with velvety tannins and a yummy finish. What a name? Maybe they should add the name Harlan to the label? Anyway, very good wine. (Web-2010)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 As one might expect from its name, this estate, which has apparently been in existence since 1740, has been in litigation with the owners of Petrus (but not yet the famed Piedmontese producer). In 2009, consultant Stephane Derenoncourt produced a 100% Merlot revealing a dense ruby/purple color and a sweet nose of black fruits, chocolate, smoke, and graphite. It is a delicious, upfront, fleshy wine to drink over the next 5-6 years.  (4/2010)

K&L Notes

*V Stephane Derenoncourt and his team consult here, and it shows. A vibrant, delicious wine. Fresh and lively, and in fine balance. Black fruit flavor and a long finish. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/12/2012 | Send Email
*V Stephane Derenoncourt and his team consult here, and it shows. A vibrant, delicious wine. Fresh and lively, and in fine balance. Black fruit flavor and a long finish.

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