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. Tasted July 2016.
|Score: 91||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com (227), October 2016|
The Petrus 2013 is a very fine wine for the vintage, although whether it will evolve into one of the best Pomerol crus is open. That is not to say I dislike this Petrus, on the contrary, Olivier Berrouet has clearly done a fantastic job given the growing season. However, having tasted here from barrel for a decade now, it is clear that this "maverick genius" decides to give profundity a miss in some years. The nose has a glowing warmth about it, a sensation that is uncommon in this vintage, and in fact it almost reminded me of a slimmed-down version of the 2009. It is very pure with marine scents coming through with aeration. The palate is rounded on the entry: velvety smooth in texture with noticeable spice on the back palate. I do not think this Petrus possesses the complexity or persistency of the precious two vintages, simply a Petrus that will just want to go out there and give sensory pleasure without the intellectual import.
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2014|
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.
|Score: 94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2016|
An extremely refined and pretty wine with chocolate, berry and hazelnut character. It's full to medium body, with wonderfully integrated tannins and a clean and refined finish. 100% merlot. Reminds me of the 1985 or 1988.
|Score: 92/93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2014|
|Score: 94||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, May 2014|
A wine that needs no introduction from us. Possibly the most famous wine on Planet Earth. Olivier Berrouet has been in charge here since January 2008 after 4 years at Cheval Blanc. His father (who was winemaker at Petrus for 4 decades) remains a consultant. 100% Merlot on clay soil at the heart of the plateau of Pomerol. Very limited availability (of course) as only 15000 bottles will be produced. Only 50% new oak and a relatively short 12 month elevage in barrel. Medium ruby colour, with dark berry fruits, roasted coffee bean and dark chocolate on the nose. The palate is succulent and forward with red cherry fruit and slick, polished creamy vanilla flavour from new oak. Raspberries, red cherries, redcurrants and black pepper form the core of this relatively light-bodied Petrus, which focuses on balance, poise, and approachability in its youth.
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, April 2014|