2011 Pétrus, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)
This is elegant, fresh and structured, with its blackberry fruit shining right through the wood. Style trumps power in this wine.
This is very racy and long with full body, silky tannins and an intense minerally, citrus rind character. It lasts for minutes. Goes to a pleasant bitterness. Dark chocolate too. Muscular with tension.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(100% merlot): Opaque ruby. Reticent nose is less aromatically explosive than usual at this early stage but still offers great depth of pure cassis, violet and coffees aromas. Then very elegant on the palate, with rich, ripe but tightly wound cassis and chocolately flavors nicely framed by silky tannins. Finishes lively, floral and long. Considering its concentration and density, this is an almost charming Petrus.
A strong pebbly feel weaves through the crushed damson plum and linzer torte notes, with a sweet spice edge starting to peek out on the bitter cherry-tinged finish. Not tightly knit yet, but shows solid length and concentration for the vintage. Tasted non-blind.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Harvested between September 12-27, the fruit-driven 2011 Petrus is atypically forward and already appealing. It reveals lots of mulberry and dark cherry fruit along with surprising tannin. However, the latter component does not interfere with the wine’s classic, structured style. Tipping the scales at 13.5% natural alcohol, it is made from 100% Merlot and is aged in 55% new oak. An excellent to outstanding Petrus (although much lighter than the 2010, 2009 and 2008), it should be drinking well within 2-4 years and last for 15-20.
** Tons of spice on the palate. Blackberry jam. Good mid-palate, with lots of round tannins that are covered by the fruit. Trey: Tons of red currant and black berry aromas. Very creamy texture, sweet mocha flavor and extremely pure and crisp fruit. Melts in your mouth, and then the tannins-big, but ripe-come through. Not as seamless as '09 or '10, but still very good. 92-94 points.