2013 Pétrus, Pomerol

SKU #1159042 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 *** Cellar Selection *** This wine is ripe, juicy and already showing its concentration and depth. It showcases the fruit of the year, deliciously fresh while having a velvet tannic structure. The acidity will continue to keep the wine fresh, allowing the structure to develop slowly. It sings with great fruit and good potential. Drink from 2022. (RV)  (3/2016)

94 points James Suckling

 Very fine and structured with ultra-fine tannins. Medium bodied with beautiful density and texture. It has length and grip for the vintage. Better in 2020.  (2/2016)

90-92 points Vinous

 The 2013 Pétrus possesses lovely depth and density for the year. Dark red stone fruits, tobacco, smoke and graphite all blossom in the glass. Underlying beams of firm tannin support the fruit nicely. Violets, game, plums and new leather wrap around the finish. Today, the tannins are a bit firm, especially within the context of the vintage, but the wine retains solid balance and has plenty of potential to grow, even if it isn't especially flattering today. (AG)  (4/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator

 This has excellent energy for the vintage, with a brambly, well-embedded spine that clearly drives the core of raspberry coulis, bitter plum and bright cherry preserves. Ample spice flickers through the finish, with a judicious hint of singed apple wood for nuance. This fleshes out steadily in the glass too, showing rare depth for the vintage. A great effort. Best from 2018 through 2028. 1,665 cases made. (JM)  (3/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Petrus was bottled in June 2015, a month before I visited the property to taste with winemaker, Olivier Berrouet. "The idea was to not push too much," he told me. "We didn't use too much wood - around 45% new oak. It would be 55% in a good vintage. The pH is 3.55 and it has 13.5% alcohol." It has quite a deep colour for a 2013, very clear and lucid. The nose is undeniably very attractive, gently unfolding with black cherries, iodine, pot pourri and a touch of bilberry. The aromatics are gentle and unassuming, yet still very Pomerol and still very Petrus. The palate is medium-bodied and for a 2013 it is certainly well structured, the tannins imparting a grainy mouthfeel. At the moment it feels saline in the mouth, fresh and with absolutely no sign of greenness. It is a successful wine within the context of the 2013 vintage and I appreciated the sharpness on what you might call its "clinical" finish. There is not so much in the way of persistence here and it departs out the exit door swiftly rather than abruptly. No, it is not the best Petrus ever made, not by a long chalk, nevertheless it is undoubtedly better than off-vintages in the past such as the 1986 and 1996. (NM)  (10/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 100% Merlot. Simply spectacular nose, especially considering the adversity of the vintage. Absolutely tremendous clarity, with the perfect measure of fruit, tannin and acid. I expect it finishes in a briefer fashion than the greatest vintages. Morello cherry, liquorice, fennel, gentle spice. Aristocratic and refined. This shows, if nothing else, how much money was needed to make good 2013! 18.5/20 points. Drink 2018-2033. (RH)  (4/2014)

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/14/2014 | Send Email
***½ Floral, with wild herbs, black cherry and hints of roasted coffee. It's rich, ripe, layered and silky, with lots going on. The finish lasted 30+ seconds.

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