eRobertParker.com - Neal Martin - January 2011
98 Points "The palate is medium-bodied with exceptionally fine balance, linear at first but my God, the back-palate does not know what has hit it! The 2008 has a multi-dimensional finish with cranberry, graphite, dark cherries, citrus peel and a tincture of liquorice. Incredible length... Very fine cashmere texture and great length; this is one hell of a wine."
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin - March 05, 2012
97 Points "...a very intense bouquet of wild strawberry, raspberry and crushed stone. It has great precision, real intensity and sense of purpose. The palate is medium-bodied with very smooth, rounded tannins and it feels velvety smooth in the mouth... the wine is unfolding before my senses and you become aware that this will evolve into a top class Petrus."
vinousmedia.com - Stephen Tanzer - July 2011
95+ Points "Deep ruby-purple. Captivating aromas of blackberry, black cherry, flowers, licorice and Oriental spices are lifted by hints of white pepper and soy sauce. Rich and concentrated yet suave on entry, then sweet but with outstanding grip in the middle, with harmonious acidity providing terrific lift and definition to the multifaceted, opulent flavors of dark berries, mocha, iron and spices. This massive, exotic wine coats the entire palate without conveying any impression of weight; its remarkably smooth finish lasts for minutes. One of the top three wines of the vintage, and a remarkable Petrus."
Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - April 2011
97 Points Cellar Selection -- "Gorgeous, smooth wine, perhaps even more intense than in past vintages. The tannins are totally enveloped by the ripe plum and damson fruits. Complex, powerful, layered and opulent, this is a wine for the long term."
Wine Spectator Online - James Molesworth - 2011
93 Points "This has texture and range that's a step up from the pack, with a gorgeous, silky feel to the ripe but restrained cherry, raspberry and damson plum notes that are layered with hints of black tea, incense and mineral. The long finish is more about poise than power. Lovely."
JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - December 14, 2010
94 Points "There's so much floral and berry character on the nose and palate here. It's full-bodied and very dense with lots of fine and delicate tannins. Winemaker Oliver Berrouet calls it a classic Bordeaux in style and I have to agree with him because of the fine tannins, fresh acidity, and beautiful reserve fruit. Lovely sweet berry and chocolate finish to the wine."
Wine Enthusiast Online - Roger Voss - December 31, 2009
95-97 points "The wine is finely balanced, with an impressive tension between sweet fruit, acidity and tannins. A wonderful waft of perfumed minerality, just ripe fruits, finished with dark tannins. Obviously for long aging."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - Ian D'Agata - May 2009
93-95 points "Full and voluptuous on the palate, this boasts exceptionally ripe, decadent red cherry flavors lifted by soy sauce and cinnamon nuances. Very long and silky, with unbelievably fine-grained tannins. With its texture of liquid velvet, this should make a memorable Petrus."
The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - April 2009
98-100 points "The 2008 is destined to be one of the greatest Petrus’s ever made...It possesses a formidable personality of great intensity, awesome texture, amazingly well-integrated sweet tannin, and a freshness and precision that are hallmarks of this vintage."
Drinking Pétrus may be an unforgettable experience. We has been lucky to have the opportunity to taste most of its great vintages. That is why wine enthusiasts often come to us for advice. First, WeI advise you to choose a good vintage, an excellent one if your wallet allows. If you taste a poor vintage, you will notice how it raises above most other wines of the same vintage, but you will miss the actual point of Pétrus.
Second, purchase wine that is at least 10 to 20 years old, because a young Pétrus is difficult to approach, besides which oak and tannins predominate in its taste. Young Pétrus may be impressive, but it ages fantastically and requires more time than any other Pomerol wine to reach its culmination. Finally, We would advise you to decant the wine with care and well in advance, and also to give it time to develop in the glass. Then you will have the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable experience.
2009 One of the greatest vintages of the last 60 years, and already a benchmark for its power and natural concentration
2008 Patience and perseverance were needed, with a wet and late start, an average summer,
but a wonderful indian summer allowing a perfect maturity.
Some exceptionnal viticultural successes.
2007 A vintage of challenges, with a very warm spring, a wet and cool summer and a beautiful month of September.
The early maturing terroirs appear to have an advantage.
A reminder of the Mark Twain definition: “Climate is what you expect, Weather is what you get”.
2006 A vintage contrasted by an uneven summer with mixed results. An early, sunny and successful harvest for the Merlots.
2005 A vintage blessed by the gods. A superb summer, dry and hot, but not excessively so. Ideal harvest.
A general success for all the varietals and all the appellations.
2004 A rather successful vintage. The wines lack a bit of charm but their fine constitution makes them a bottle to keep.
2003 A vintage of climatic excesses. Some grapes were sun-burned, creating atypical wines.
Attentive and cautious wine growers succeeded in producing rich wines with great promise.
A particular success in Médoc and for the clay soils of Pomerol.
2002 A difficult climate allowed for the production of easily accessible wines which can be drunk young.
2001 A classic year under estimated after the fanfares of 2000.
The wines are remarkably balanced and already delicious.
2000 A banner year. Great, powerful, structured wines which are worth the wait.
1999 A year without excess. A beautiful abundant harvest having produced wines relatively easy to drink now.
1998 A particular success for the Right Bank thanks to sunny harvests after a very beautiful summer, some very great wines.
Personal comments by Christian Moueix
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