2009 Pétrus, Pomerol
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. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2050+. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Fully saturated ruby-red. Mindblowingly intense, utterly hedonistic nose redolent of sexy, superripe blueberry and blackcurrant complicated by sweet Oriental spices, cocoa and coffee. Then creamy-smooth and downright voluptuous, with superconcentrated blackberry, blueberry and plum flavors complemented by delicate smoke and flint nuances. The utterly palate-saturating finish features silky-smooth tannins and finishing fruits, spices and minerals that go on for minutes thanks to harmonious acidity. I should note that the strength of finishing minerality goes beyond what I usually associate with this wine. The final wine may contain 1% Cabernet Franc, but that decision had not been made at the time of this tasting. This wine merits 100 points on the strength of its nose alone. (ID)
Amazing aromas of blackberries, dark chocolate and hazelnut. Full body, with super velvety tannins, yet reserved and all in check. Fresh acidity and an orangy, lemon and chanterelle mushroom aftertaste. Then turns to black olives. Minerals and blueberries. Incredible...Try in 2020.
*Barrel Sample.* 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.
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. Best from 2018 through 2035.
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. This memorable wine is everything you'd expect Petrus to be... (ST)
Blackcurrant freshness and direction. Rather chewy. Real lift. Cool and gorgeous. (18/20 points)
*** So good words can't begin to describe it, but we'll try. Seamless. Cashmere. 100% Merlot. 97+ points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Petrus 2009 has a wonderful graphite tinged bouquet with blackberry, truffle, and pencil lead. Utterly composed. The palate is medium-bodied with wonderful purity, filigree tannins, a mineral core and a finish where everything is precise and perfectly placed. This is a wine of immense breeding, multi-dimensional and yet once its identity was revealed, you just know its going to get better and better with each passing year. Outstanding, but every bottle should come with a free cellar, padlock, and key. Tasted January 2013."