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  • Country ranking ?

    29
  • Producer ranking ?

    5
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    from 2020
  • Food Pairing

    Beef Bourguignonne

The 2015 Petrus is, of course, 100% Merlot picked between September 15-29 , although the secateurs were only used on six of those days with a majority coming toward the end of that period. Olivier Berrouet told me that it will be matured in 50% new oak. It has an extremely precise, controlled bouquet with crystalline red and black fruit. This is not a powerful or intense bouquet, but beguilingly pretty. It is crystalline and I detected more mineralité than in recent vintages, perhaps because there is less puppy fat. The palate is beautifully balanced, completely harmonious, underpinned by filigree tannin that assert a sense of focus and linearity until two-thirds of the way along, whereupon it fans out while maintaining breathtaking clarity. Touches of cracked black pepper and spice lend this Petrus personality and intrigue. Having tasted most legendary Petrus since the 1940s, and tasted here from barrel since 2002, I can only apologize for being so predictable by claiming that this may well nestle among the likes of the Petrus 1950, 1964, 1989 and 1998. Drink 2025-2060.

Score: 98/100

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

A wine that makes me dream and touches my soul. Such amazing purity and density yet the tannins and acidity are in perfect balance. The freshness and quality tannins is second to none. It’s a redefinition of some of the great Petrus such as 1971 and 1961 that didn’t have the precision or clarity of today.

Score: 100

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016

The 2015 Pétrus is dark, brooding and also fiercely tannic, which sets it apart from most Pomerols of the year stylistically. Vertical in feel, the 2015 possesses terrific energy and cut to balance the dark, super-ripe fruit. Winemaker Oliver Berrouet adds that the berries were considerable smaller (about 30%) than normal, which resulted in high skin-to-juice ratios consequently musts with high levels of tannin. The 2015 is a vertical, brooding Pétrus that shows little of the early appeal of so many other wines. Readers will have to be especially patient.

Score: 95/97

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016

The fruit on the nose is sweet and ripe richness and depth the palate voluptuous, fleshy and supple with depth of flavour rich ripe black plum. Velvety and and plush yet under the sweet fruit there is balancing freshness. Structure fine tannins a mailed fist in a velvet glove with the fleshy fruit filling out the back palate and finish. 2028-45

Score: 97/99

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016

A stunning wine from the ever-youthful Olivier Berrouet and his team, which may well get 100 points from me on release in bottle. Who needs Cabernet Franc for added freshness in 2015 when you have a terroir and winemaking as good as this? Pure, subtle and refined, this has more tannin and backbone than you think. It’s just that the fruit is so seductive you don’t notice it. A wine that justifies some of the hype about the vintage. Drink: 2025-40

Score: 99

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016

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. 14.6% Drink 2025-2045

Score: 18.5

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016

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The Story

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.

 

 

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Vintage 2015

Excitement about the potential of the 2015 Bordeaux vintage – and wine made in several other parts of France last autumn – has been rising for months. In Bordeaux,  but also in Burgundy,  Champagne and the Rhône, conditions were close to  ideal last summer.

Hours of sunshine and average temperatures were the highest since records began – even higher than in “mythical” wine-growing years such as 1921 and 1947. “We think we have something very special but we are holding our tongues until the tasting begins,” said a family member at one of the most sought-after châteaux in the Médoc growing region. 

Denis Dubourdieu, professor of wine at the University of Bordeaux and one of the most successful Bordeaux winemakers, told The Independent: “I don’t think there can be any doubt. This will be an exceptional year, in line with memorable years like 2009 and 2005.

“Everything about the growing season last year was perfect. And from what I’ve seen at the wine-making stage and in the barrel later on,  this is going to be a wonderful vintage.” Mr Dubourdieu says that  producing wine is like a horse-race with five meteorological “fences”. In 2015, he says, Bordeaux jumped all the hurdles with ease.

The vines flowered early in warm sunshine; the tiny grapes appeared in perfect dry weather; they turned purple in ideal conditions of slight drought in mid-July; they expanded and ripened in a warm, dry August with just a little rain; and they were picked in a dry autumn with cool nights. This is like getting all the numbers right in the lottery. 

There were excellent claret vintages in 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010 and a reasonable year in 2012. In the past two years, to the annoyance of many people in the industry, Bordeaux has been criticised or faintly praised. There have also been complaints about the fact that the top châteaux kept their prices high, despite the apparent dip in quality. 

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A seductive nose of violets, sweet spices and blackberries. A gorgeous Petrus that is subtle, generous and caressing on the palate. Layers of cocoa beans, exotic spices mingle with plush, velvety tannins - there is a lot of upfront and mid palate sweetness in this wine. The wine manages to be medium weight despite being incredibly concentrated and intense. Lingering finish.

  • 99p

Tasted in April 2016. This is a very sublime wine which clearly benefitted from 4 dry months, April, May, June and July. Harvest was prolonged and finished in the end of September. Subtle, lot of finesse, sophisticated and incredibly complex. Not the most powerful and concentrated vintage of Petrus, but 2015 has stupendous elegance and richness instead.

  • 98p
Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Great nose, initially quite closed, with very elegant and pure fruit, elderberries, blackberries, black cherries, ripe plums, vanilla and hints of roasting aroma, A nose opening up slowly. Complex and rich with persistence and elegance, freshness and hints of minerality. Expressive and juicy fruit, mild spices in the aftertaste. A great wine for Pétrus, opulence, elegance and persistence.
  • 98p
Medium deep colour. Fragrant inky dark plum, dark cherry aniseed aromas with touch of praline, espresso oak. Beautiful concentrated wine with inky dark plum dark cherry fruit, supple vigorous graphite textures, generous smooth yet juicy rich mid palate, cedar mocha oak notes and slinky firm tannin finish. Perfectly balanced and integrated with lovely energy vibrancy and juiciness. A great Ch Petrus in the making. 100 points.
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Origin

Bordeaux, Pomerol

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Very Good

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None

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