2010 Pétrus, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1067178 100 points James Suckling

 This a Petrus with extraordinary balance and depth. It shows such elegance in the nose with complexity of black olives, dark fruits, and flowers. The palate is full and ultra-velvety yet there is a cashmere quality to the texture. It takes your breath away. There's almost a Burgundian quality in the mouthfeel meaning it takes you deep into the soil and captivates your attention. Greatest modern vintage of Petrus ever? Try after 2018.  (2/ 2013)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The harvest at Petrus took place between September 27 and October 12, and the 2010 finished at 14.1% natural alcohol, which is slightly lower than the 2009's 14.5%. The 2010 reminds me somewhat of the pre-1975 vintages of Petrus, a monster-in-the-making, with loads of mulberry, coffee, licorice and black cherry notes with an overlay of enormous amounts of glycerin and depth. Stunningly rich, full-bodied and more tannic and classic than the 2009, this is an awesome Petrus, but probably needs to be forgotten for 8-10 years. It should last at least another 50 or more.  (2/ 2013)

96-99 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (14.5% alcohol; 100% merlot; 50% new oak) Good, fully saturated ruby. Complex, brooding nose offers aromas of ripe plum, blackberry jam, violet, cocoa syrup and Oriental spices; though deep and opulent, the nose is much less forward and exotic than either the 2008 or 2009. The palate offers outstanding intensity to the blackcurrant, cocoa and spice flavors, but this very densely packed Petrus manages to remain light on its feet. Saturates the entire mouth, finishing with very creamy tannins and great lift. A big wine that reminded me of the 1975. Jean-Claude Berrouet liked this comparison, noting that both vintages produced berries with the same thick skins, and wines with similar acidity levels, but pointed out that the 2010 is less accessible than the 1975 was at the same stage of development. There's also more alcohol in the 2010. Wine lovers with very deep pockets might want to take note that the '09 (the wine of that vintage, in my book) and '10 Petrus are this property's best back-to-back duo in some time.  (6/ 2011)

96-98 points Wine Enthusiast

 Hugely full-bodied wine, with the ripest fruit, black plum juice and spice. The tannins are very dense, balanced of course with acidity. The end is beautiful, structured.  (6/ 2011)

97 points Wine Spectator

 This feels dense and unyielding now, with loads of grip supporting a dark, muscular and very backward core of bay leaf, tobacco, plum, blackberry and fig notes. Powerful, fresh and racy, with a tarry edge adding vivacity and drive to the lengthy, raspberry-dominated finish. The raspberry spine seems destined to win out after extended cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2035.  (3/ 2013)

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By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/5/2012  | Send Email
This wine is dark, rich and plush, seamless upon entry with black plums, coffee, chocolate and Asian spice. Layered and complex. This is a beauty.

By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/5/2012  | Send Email
Deeply serious silky fruit. Incredibly perfect mouthfeel and texture. Layers of beautiful "old vine" fruit.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/8/2011  | Send Email
100% Merlot from the famous blue clay soils of Pétrus. Another stunning wine from this property.

By: Trey Beffa |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/8/2011  | Send Email
Bright purple color. Pure, elegant, spicy fruit, this is bright and amazingly fresh and refined. The tannins are ripe and the finish is super long and lingering. Wow!

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/8/2011  | Send Email
Restrained, elegant nose of spice, flowers, cherries and plums. Velvety mouthfeel.

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pomerol