This is one of the larger productions of Petrus over recent years, with nearly 3,000 cases of this vintage turned out by proprietor Jean Moueix. An opulent Petrus very much in the stylistic family of the 1990, this 100% Merlot has a dense plum / purple colour and a sweet nose of mulberries, black cherries, some subtle toast and licorice as well as a floral element. A wine of great intensity, a multidimensional mouthfeel and full-bodied, stunning concentration, the 2009 Petrus 2009 is everything one would expect of it. Given the sweetness of its tannin, much like the 1990. I suspect this wine will always be "open for business," appealing even in it youth. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2050+
|Score: 100||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, March 2012|
Harvested between September 17 and the beginning of October, the 2009 Petrus reminds me of what the 1982 tasted like at a similar age. Sweet tannins along with extraordinarily pure mulberry and black cherry fruit intermixed with hints of licorice and truffle are found in this 2009 in addition to a voluptuous mouthfeel, an unctuous texture, and, for Petrus, relatively high alcohol of 14.2%. Stuffed, rich, and creamy-textured with a full-bodied, powerful, exuberant personality, it should be approachable in a decade, and last for 40-50 years. (Tasted once). Drink 2020-2070.
|Score: 96/100||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010|
The 2009 Petrus has a delineated and focused bouquet with subtle fireside hearth/ash-like scents infusing the sensual red fruit, hints of Earl Grey emerging with time in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannin, demonstrating a little more backbone than the 2009 Le Pin. Just a tad more grip, possibly due to some Cabernet Franc lends another dimension towards the persistent finish. You could possibly broach this now with decanting but it needs another year or two. Profound. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting.
|Score: 98||Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2019|
Tasted at Chateau Petrus. A bright purple colour. The nose is warm and inviting, very concentrated with raspberry, wild strawberry and more glycerine than I have encountered in previous vintages. The palate is full-bodied and very supple in texture, beautifully balanced and very sensuous, more a Petrus of texture than tautness or delineation, building on the palate, very good weight with a touch of citrus peel and a sprinkle of white pepper towards the finish. Long, long length with that hint of Schezhuan pepper on the aftertaste. Tasted April 2010.
|Score: 94/96||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2010|
Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2009 Petrus gives up glorious scents of preserved plums, redcurrant jelly, dried rose petals, blackberry compote and mulberries with touches of licorice, Chinese five spice and fragrant earth. Full, rich, plushly textured and oh-so-decadent, it reveals layer upon layer of spice box, black fruit and ferrous notions, finishing long and fragrant. 2020 - 2060
|Score: 100||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, March 2019|
Amazing aromas of blackberries, dark chocolate and hazelnut. Full body, with super velvety tannins, yet reserved and all in check. Fresh acidity and an orangy, lemon and chanterelle mushroom aftertaste. Then turns to black olives. Minerals and blueberries. Incredible. Still think 2010 is slightly better. Try in 2020.
|Score: 99||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2012|
What a nose this has. I close my eyes when I smell this, and I see perfectly ripe Merlot grapes crushed in the vats. Blackberry, mineral, black licorice, coffee bean and chocolate lead to a full body, with round yet firm tannins and beautiful fruit. The luxurious finish offers a cashmere texture and gorgeous fruit. Rich and subtle. Doesn't appear to be the 2005, but very close.
|Score: 97/100||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2010|
Started picking 18/9 Sep but waited for rains. Mostly picked 1 Oct. Atypical phenological cycle. More like hot places. Acid higher than for most hot years. Very dark crimson. Very subtle and exciting on the nose. Really rich and round and vibrant. Very sweet and exciting. So luscious. Great richness, A certain gentleness of texture. Exciting. Very well mastered - no excess. Very rich too. The tannins very well hidden. Date tasted 30th March 2010. Drink 2015-2035.
|Score: 19||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010|
A wine that needs no introduction from us. Possibly the most famous wine on Planet Earth. We hope to have a small quantity of Petrus later on in the campaign. 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) and Christian Moueix are consultants. Harvested from 17th September with the old vines picked on October 1st. Smoky, dark berry fruits on the nose. Superb richness, fantastic texture yet great balance. Layers of ripe plummy fruit with some exotic spice and tannin in balance. Super-plush and velvety. Powerful yet light on its feet. Persistant, long and deeply impressive. Jean-Claude Berrouet compares it to 89,98 and 05. Production level is a little under 3000 cases.
|Score: 19.5||Farr Vintners, April 2010|
This offers a beautiful balance between its two sides: dark fig, roasted plum and toast flavors versus racy raspberry, cassis and perfumy black tea notes. Silky overall, but with terrific latent grip and a mouthwatering minerality that drives through the finish, pulling out extra fruit paste and charred spice hints. Very, very impressive range. Best from 2018 through 2035. From France.-J.M.
|Score: 99||James Molesworth, Wine Spectator Insider (Vol 8, 3), January 2012|
There is a seductive lushness about the nose with lots of fleshy ripe black plum and cassis. Under all of the sweet fruit are tannins firm but not hard backed by bilberry and bramble freshness, all of these layers of flavour ensure complexity. It is massive yet seamless with an elegant long, flowing finish. Drink 2018-2050.
|Score: 95/100||Derek Smedley MW, April 2010|
Rain in the middle of September was the key to the success of the 2009 Pétrus, according to Jean-Claude Berrouet, enabling the château to avoid water stress in the vineyard. The resulting wine is delicious, showing great finesse though not quite as good as 2005, showing great finesse. The oak is quite prominent at the moment, but this will age well, thanks to its acidity and underlying structure. 15+ years.
|Score: 97||Tim Atkin MW, April 2010|
A powerful tannic frame provides the structure, length and classicism of a grand Bordeaux but there's also a modern purity and freshness of fruit. Winemaker Olivier Berrouet harvested slightly later, at the beginning of October, to guarantee maturity. Dense, complex and profound. Drink 2020-2050.
|Score: 19||James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2010|
Tons of truffle and chocolate make this lush and fleshy Pomerol very seductive. The power and concentration are impressive, but right at the opulent and silky finish there's just a hint of warmth from the alcohol. Drink or hold. (Horizontal Tasting, London, 2019)
|Score: 99||Stuart Pigott, JamesSuckling.com, March 2019|