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Petrus 2016
Bordeaux Futures Pre-Sale - Pomerol - 98 Pts WA

Petrus 2016
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Bordeaux Red Blends
Appellation
Bordeaux
Alcohol %
13
Wine Advocate
98
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2016 Bordeaux Future Pre-Sale - 98 Pts WA
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The 2016 Petrus was picked from 28 September until 11 October and matured in 55% new oak. It has 14.9% alcohol, which is the same as in 2010; however, the pH is much lower at 3.35. For the first 15-20 minutes, the wine was tight-lipped and did not want to come out and play (Olivier passed the time by showing me some interesting videos on his mobile phone). Then it unfolds to reveal very pure blackcurrant and bilberry fruit with a violet and underlying sea spray scent that becomes more and more noticeable. The definition here is very impressive. The palate is medium-bodied with quite juicy and dense tannin, a little edginess on the entry with that marine influence continuing from start to finish. This is a cerebral Petrus, not unlike the 2010 at this stage, the alcohol disguised towards the finish, but lending this volume and an uncommon flamboyance for the vintage that marks it out from nearly every other Pomerol. The key though, is that it retains that freshness and detail. Whether it will match up to the sensational 2015 Petrus, we will have to wait and see. What is for sure is that this is a deeply impressive Pomerol that might just have a few tricks up its sleeve.

98 Points Wine Advocate

Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Bordeaux Red Blends
Appellation
Bordeaux
Alcohol %
13
Wine Advocate
98
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The 2016 Petrus was picked from 28 September until 11 October and matured in 55% new oak. It has 14.9% alcohol, which is the same as in 2010; however, the pH is much lower at 3.35. For the first 15-20 minutes, the wine was tight-lipped and did not want to come out and play (Olivier passed the time by showing me some interesting videos on his mobile phone). Then it unfolds to reveal very pure blackcurrant and bilberry fruit with a violet and underlying sea spray scent that becomes more and more noticeable. The definition here is very impressive. The palate is medium-bodied with quite juicy and dense tannin, a little edginess on the entry with that marine influence continuing from start to finish. This is a cerebral Petrus, not unlike the 2010 at this stage, the alcohol disguised towards the finish, but lending this volume and an uncommon flamboyance for the vintage that marks it out from nearly every other Pomerol. The key though, is that it retains that freshness and detail. Whether it will match up to the sensational 2015 Petrus, we will have to wait and see. What is for sure is that this is a deeply impressive Pomerol that might just have a few tricks up its sleeve. 98 Points Wine Advocate
Ratings
This is a muscular Petrus that is so compacted and powerful. Full-bodied, yet tight and intense. I haven’t tasted something like this for a long time. The tannins are exquisitely fine-grained, the finish mind-binding. It’s the combination of violets and dark fruit that’s just so enticing. Just crushed grapes and crystal-clear purity. 98-100 Points James Suckling
Awards
The nose jumps right out, then the palate starts tunneling down through an array of dark fruit and cut herb expressions, before slowly flattening out on the mid-palate then rising vertically on the finish. An architectural expression of the vintage, ripe and precise but with great freshness. Harvest here took place between 28th September and 11th October, and the challenges of the vintage meant they had to be precise and rigorous at every moment, never letting down their guard. No green harvesting. 40hl/ha yield, 55% new oak. Lots of anthocyanins. This is soft and caressing and majors in those deceptively soft tannins that slowly but surely build up to remind you that this wine has no intention of going away for many, many years. Drinking Window 2027 - 2050 98 Points Decanter
Other Notes
Prior to the current success of Petrus, the estate was owned by the Arnaud family for almost two hundred years. Since 1925, Madame Loubat started acquiring pieces of the property and she became the sole owner at the end of World War II. During these early years of Chateau Petrus, Loubat worked in partnership with Jean-Pierre Moueix, a successful wine merchant. After Madame Loubat's passing in 1961, her family sold Moueix their remaining shares making Jean-Pierre the sole owner of the greatest estate. Today, following the passing of Jean-Pierre, the estate is managed by his son Jean-Francois, and his brother Christian oversees the vineyard, vinification, marketing, and distribution of the wines.
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