Pétrus 2006


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Tasting Notes

The 2006 Petrus now seems to be evolving more slowly than the 2006 Le Pin: the fruit darker with raspberry coulis, mulberry, hints of marmalade and crushed rose petals coming forth. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, gently gripping the mouth and demonstrating admirable weight and complexity. You might almost think there was some Cabernet Franc towards the finish thanks to the subtle peppery notes coming through. It is probably ready to drink now, but the substance here suggests that it will age for another decade and continue to offer pleasure long after.

Score: 96Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2016

Currently closed and backward, this wine seems to share a more similar character to Trotanoy than in any recent vintages I recall. Powerful, structured, masculine, but a long-term proposition, this dark ruby/purple-colored wine displays notes of caramelized, sweet black cherries and wild berry fruit with plenty of spice, earth, and a hint of herbaceousness. The wine has very high tannins, impressive concentration, but that mouth-searing level of tannin. This is one Petrus that should probably be forgotten for at least 8-10 years and drunk over the following two to three decades. I always find it ironic that Petrus, which is virtually 100% Merlot, is more backward than the first growths of Medoc, which are Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated.

Score: 93+Robert Parker, RobertParker.com, February 2009

The most backward, tannic, and powerful wine of the appellation, the 2006 Petrus reveals classic herb-tinged, caramel, and sweet black cherry notes intermixed with mocha and spice box. With impressive density, high tannin, full body, and an unyielding style, it will be at its finest between 2020-2050+. This is certainly among the longest-lived wines of the vintage.

Score: 94/96Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007

Tasted at JP Moueix. This year exemplifies the difference in style between the two most iconic Pomerols, Petrus and Le Pin, both equal in stature but in markedly difference ways. The Petrus 2006 is broody and sullen on the nose, but dig deeper and you find a smorgasbord of aromas: blackberry, wild hedgerow, damps moss, blood oranges and what is more, it gains in intensity as the wine aerates. The palate is full-bodied with sublime balance, very harmonious with silky smooth texture. Conversely to the nose, the finish is actually rather extravagant with ripe, succulent black fruits with almost ineffable purity. Touch of brown sugar in the background and on the aftertaste. A complex Petrus, one that is bound to amaze after bottling. Tasted April 2007.

Score: 95/97Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2007

Displays a solid core of fruit, with spice and cherry. Builds on the palate, with silky-textured tannins and a long finish. Seamless. This was picked before the rain.

Score: 95/100James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2007

Not especially deep crimson. Not the definition on the nose of some - quite opulent and more middle aged – a bit of makeup and powder here rather than a fresh complexion. A wine with a history and lots to say! Bit smudgy. Very fine tannins and lift at the end. Not the richest young Pétrus by a long way. Complex but a bit light for a Pétrus.

Score: 17.5+Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2007

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