Chateau Petrus Pomerol 2011

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"The 2011 Petrus has a very refined, perhaps slightly introverted bouquet with extraordinary purity. It has quite amazing precision and lifted with black cherries, raspberry and a touch of vanilla. It is very intense, perhaps more like 2009 at this stage than 2010. The palate is medium-bodied with a powerful entry. There is a touch of spice on the entry and very intense fruit. The tannins are tensile, lending this Petrus edginess and minerality. This has “classic” Petrus written all over it...95-97" Neal Martin’s Wine Journal 4/12 "Barrel sample. This is elegant, fresh and structured, with its blackberry fruit shining right through the wood. Style trumps power in this wine...95" WE 4/12 "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. 93+" JS 04/12 "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...91-94" WS 04/12

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Petrus:
  Château Petrus is one of the world’s most distinguished and prized wines. The winery is located in the eastern portion of Pomerol in the Bordeaux region of France. While Pomerol has never been granted “growth” classification status, Petrus is widely considered on par with other First Growth wines.    It may be hard to fathom, but for the first co... Read more
  Château Petrus is one of the world’s most distinguished and prized wines. The winery is located in the eastern portion of Pomerol in the Bordeaux region of France. While Pomerol has never been granted “growth” classification status, Petrus is widely considered on par with other First Growth wines.    It may be hard to fathom, but for the first couple of centuries of its existence, Petrus was a cheap, hard sell. The estate was under the management of the Arnaud family until 1925, when hotel owner Madame Edmond Loubat acquired sole ownership of the property. With consultation from negociant Jean-Pierre Moueix, they reinvented the entire winemaking process on the tiny 12 hectare vineyard to a precise science and raised the price of the wine to signify its value. Soon demand outweighed supply and one of the world’s first cult wines was born. Today it has a prominent place on the wine lists of the world’s top restaurants and fetches stratospheric numbers at auction houses, especially with older vintages.    With the passing of Madame Loubat in 1961, the entire estate was passed on to Mouiex. His sons Jean-Francois and Christian took over the production and all marketing aspects of the wine. In 2008, Olivier Berrouet, son of Petrus technical director Jean-Claude Berrouet, became principal winemaker.    The vineyard’s location in the highest point of Pomerol is made up of iron-rich clay soil, resulting in fruit with excellent mineral balance and aging potential. Petrus was one of the first vineyards to implement green-harvesting techniques, which keeps yields low and quality high. Before 1960, the wines were a blend of Merlot with a small percentage of Cabernet Franc. Since that time, the wine is now 100% Merlot, with two years’ aging in new oak barrels. Only 2,500 cases are produced in each vintage.  Read less

External Reviews for Chateau Petrus Pomerol

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/22/2014

100% merlot. 11.5 hectare estate on blue clay soils with a high iron content. Vines average 45 years in age with yields of 35 hl/ha. Aged in 50% new oak. Opaque with a clay-like tint. Blackberry liqueur and cassis fruit flavors seasoned with fresh brewed espresso and a hint of iron. A licorice mineral element kicks in on the mid-palate. This merlot is truly world class with acid and fruit in balance and its greatest virtue being its spectacularly seamless palate. Drinkable now yet this is Petrus most tannic vintage on record. It s a truly confounding effort and I m not sure what to make of it. One thing is for sure it lacks the structure of the 2010 and 2009. The estate director suggests that the 2011 will be aligned with the 2001 and will develop nicely in bottle. Approachable in its youth enjoy over the following 20 years. 65% of the production of this iconic estate went into the Petrus bottling this year. Neil Mechanic.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/03/2013

100% merlot. 11.5 hectare estate on blue clay soils with a high iron content. Vines average 45 years in age, with yields of 35 hl/ha. Aged in 50% new oak. Opaque with a clay-like tint. Blackberry liqueur and cassis fruit flavors seasoned with fresh b... Neil Mechanic. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Petrus 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/22/2014

This is elegant fresh and structured with its blackberry fruit shining right through the wood. Style trumps power in this wine. Wine Enthusiast.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/22/2014

The 2011 Petrus has a very refined perhaps slightly introverted bouquet with extraordinary purity. It has quite amazing precision and lifted with black cherries raspberry and a touch of vanilla. It is very intense perhaps more like 2009 at this stage than 2010. The palate is medium-bodied with a powerful entry. There is a touch of spice on the entry and very intense fruit. The tannins are tensile lending this Petrus edginess and minerality. This has


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

The 2011 Petrus has a very refined perhaps slightly introverted bouquet with extraordinary purity. It has quite amazing precision and lifted with black cherries raspberry and a touch of vanilla. It is very intense perhaps more like 2009 at this stage than 2010. The palate is medium-bodied with a powerful entry. There is a touch of spice on the entry and very intense fruit. The tannins are tensile lending this Petrus edginess and minerality. This has classic Petrus written all over it. It is not quite up there with the 2009 or 2010 but its not far off. Tasted April 2012. Neal Martins Wine Journal.



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"The 2011 Petrus has a very refined, perhaps slightly introverted bouquet with extraordinary purity. It has quite amazing precision and lifted with black cherries, raspberry and a touch of vanilla. It is very intense, perhaps more like 2009 at this stage than 2010. The palate is medium-bodied with a powerful entry. There is a touch of spice on the entry and very intense fruit. The tannins are tensile, lending this Petrus edginess and minerality. This has “classic” Petrus written all over it...95-97" Neal Martin’s Wine Journal 4/12 "Barrel sample. This is elegant, fresh and structured, with its blackberry fruit shining right through the wood. Style trumps power in this wine...95" WE 4/12 "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. 93+" JS 04/12 "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...91-94" WS 04/12

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