Chateau Petrus 2020
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Despite the wines of Pomerol not being included in the famous 1855 Classification of Bordeaux, nor having been subsequently classified, Château Pétrus is widley regarded not only as the finest wine of the appellation, but also one of the finest of Bordeaux.
Pétrus is owned by négociant Jean-Francois Moueix. The estate's 11.5ha vineyard sits at 40 metres elevation, making it the highest on the Pomerol plateau. Stephen Brook's terrific book 'The Complete Bordeaux' (3rd Edition 2017) has plantings at 97% merlot and 3% cabernet franc, although he notes that cabernet franc hardly ever enters the final blend, which is usually 100% merlot. The vineyard is renowned for its famous "buttonhole" of blue clay.
Provenance is the most important thing when buying a wine like this. The wine was purchased en-primeur and has been stored in a temperature controlled cabinet since it's arrival.
Chateau Petrus 2020 reviews.
"As I observed to Olivier Berrouet, it's hardly very original to find a wine critic extolling the virtues of this Pomerol reference point; and yet, whether one likes it or not, there's no denying that the 2020 Pétrus is a brilliant achievement and indeed one of the very finest vintages at this address over the last two decades. Unwinding in the glass with a deep bouquet of dark berries, cherries and cassis mingled with hints of exotic spices, violets and vine smoke, it's full-bodied, layered and concentrated, with huge depth at the core, exquisitely refined tannins and a youthfully reserved, even restrained profile despite its power and size. This serious, classically proportioned Pétrus is a monument in the making. 2030 - 2070."
100 points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate, April 2023.
"The transparency and complexity in the nose is wonderful, with so much floral character like violets and roses with some fresh spices. Dark berries, too. Sandalwood. It’s medium-bodied but then it just opens and unfolds with incredible depth of fine tannins and great length. It goes on for minutes. It opens like butterfly wings. What a wine. Superb. Drink after 2028."
100 points, James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2023.
"The 2020 Petrus is deep garnet-purple in color. It erupts from the glass with a fragrance bomb of fresh black raspberries, preserved plums, wild blueberries, and candied violets, plus suggestions of cinnamon toast, molten licorice, and tilled soil. The rich, dense, full-bodied palate is completely coated in decadent black fruit preserves and exotic spicy flavors, lifted by red berry accents and floral notes, and supported by firm, grainy tannins, finishing long with the mineral sparks coming through. This is an epic."
100 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, March 2023.