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Pétrus 2021

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Right Bank > Pomerol
Grape VarietyMerlot

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Tasting Notes

From barrel, the 2021 Pétrus was decidedly muscular and introverted, but élevage has certainly tamed it, delivering a result that's much more sensual and charming than I could have imagined. Offering up aromas of ripe cherries, mulberries, rose petals, licorice and violets, it's full-bodied, ample and fleshy, with a suave, seamless, lively profile and a bright, perfumed finish. This wine, which was racked out of barrel two months earlier than usual, will offer an unusually broad drinking window. In style, it reminds me somewhat of the estate's 2011. Drink 2027-2061.

William Kelley, RobertParker.com, February 2024

Beautiful length and depth here for the vintage, with blackberry, raspberry and blueberry character. Cloves and sandalwood, too. Full and layered. Ripe and ample, yet balanced and fresh. Crunchy and very bright.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2022

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2021 Petrus marches out of the glass with powerful scents of ripe plums, blackberry preserves, and black raspberries, followed by notes of tar, chargrill, tilled soil, and cast-iron pan with a touch of cardamom, violets, and lavender. The aromatics explode after a few moments. Medium-bodied, the palate is bright, vibrant, and minerally, with a lively line of freshness, very plush, fine-grained tannins, and loads of minerally sparks lifting the black fruits, finishing long and earthy.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, May 2022

100% Merlot. Cask sample.
Complete wine with a certain concentration of fruit and fine quality of tannins. Crushed-fruit aromas with a hint of smoke. Round and full on the palate with well-integrated tannins providing a firmness and length on the finish. Constant from beginning to end. (JL) 13.3%
Drink 2030 – 2050

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2022
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One of the most structured, introverted wines of the appellation, the 2021 Pétrus unwinds in the glass with aromas of sweet cherries, licorice and black truffle, framed by an extremely discreet patina from its élevage in barrel. Full-bodied, ample and concentrated, it's lively and intensely flavored, built around bright acids and powdery tannins that assert themselves on the long, sapid finish. This is a terrific effort in a challenging vintage from Olivier Berrouet and his team, but it will require patience.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (260), April 2022

Not tasted En Primeur.

Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners, April 2022
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