2015 Pétrus, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1253287 100 points James Suckling

 The aromas to this are a reference for Pomerol with truffles, black olives, black licorice and dark fruit. Even brown sugar. Full-bodied, layered and multi-dimensional. Chocolate underlines the character above. The perfect tannin texture, length and balance make you think you're dreaming. All about harmony and beauty. Love to taste it now but needs at least five or six years.  (2/2018)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Petrus (bottled in mid-July 2017) opens in its own time to reveal crushed black cherries, warm plums, mulberries and cedar chest suggestions with touches of anise, lavender, beef drippings and wild thyme plus a waft of crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with generous, exuberant, wonderfully layered red, black and perfumed blue fruits contrasted beautifully by very ripe, very fine-grained and very firm tannins plus an ethereal line of seamless acid, finishing long and minerally. Olivier Berrouet and his team have knocked it out of the park in 2015. Look for this Pétrus to build and unfold over the next 20 years and confidently cellar this legend for 40+ years. (LPB)  (2/2018)

100 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is like drinking liquid black currants and blackberries. The wine has great intensity and richness from the superbly generous Merlot. The wood aging is still there as a hint in the background although the fruit and acidity dominate. Drink from 2026. *Cellar Selection* (RV)  (4/2018)

97 points Vinous

 Powerful and brooding as a young wine from barrel, the 2015 Pétrus has developed exquisite finesse and nuance to play off its natural concentration. Winemaker Oliver Berrouet has always spoken of small berry size as one of the signatures of 2015. To be sure, there is plenty of textural richness and overall intensity. At the same time, the 2015 exudes tons of freshness and vibrancy. Berrouet gave the 2015 18 months in French oak, 50% new. Quite simply, the 2015 is a stratospheric wine with a very bright future. (AG)  (2/2018)

96 points Wine Spectator

 Reserved right now, but there is a well of blackberry, boysenberry and plum coulis flavors in reserve here, infused with black tea, anise and singed spice elements. Remarkably silky, elegant and extremely long, this unfurls ever so slowly in the glass, beguiling with texture and fruit purity. Best from 2022 through 2042. (JM)  (3/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Picked 15-29 September. Long period for such a small property! pH 3.7. Not the deepest crimson of the lot. Exotic, super-charming nose. And lovely freshness on the palate. Almost Cabernet Franc-like (very ripe Cabernet Franc)! Hint of decongestant medicine! Something sweet and peppery. Not too big, but super-opulent. Great charm and intensity on the palate. Quite difficult to see the tannins; they emerge only at the end. You shouldn't need to wait too long for this. Wonderful persistence. The most beautiful ink you will ever encounter. Lots of energy. (JR) 18.5/20 points  (4/2016)

K&L Notes

98+ points Neal Martin: "The 2015 Petrus was bottled in July 2017 according to Olivier Berrouet. Deep in color, it has a very fragrant bouquet that takes time to open, eventually offering scents of blackberry, briary, cold stone and iris with hint of hoisin and black pepper, all beautifully defined and very succinct. The palate is supremely well balanced with a saline, quite spicy entry with edgy tannin. There is enormous depth here and it manifests an enigmatic marine influence with time, touches of Japanese nori and sea salt. It fans out wonderfully on the finish although it is not a powerful, burly Petrus, rather one that is sophisticated and refined. The 2015 will be up there with the greats although only time will tell if it will reach perfection. Anticipated maturity: 2025 - 2055." (02/2018)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/3/2016 | Send Email
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One of the best of the vintage. 14.6 alcohol for this Merlot based wine. Almost perfect.
Drink from 2025 to 2045

Staff Image By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/20/2016 | Send Email
Petrus- Fantastic, effusive aromas of bright red fruits jump out of the glass! Petrus has great purity of fruit followed by good solid tannins with no hard edges. Not heavy in any way, fine freshness and great natural acidity. I wrote down that some great wines are soft and plush, some are powerful and strong, some are a combination of all the great elements; like this one! 3 Stars

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- 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.


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