The 2015 Petrus has a fresh, detailed yet quite understated bouquet of black fruit, pencil box, smoke and light tarry aromas - very succinct and classy. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, and linear and quite strict in style, which might explain why I knocked off a point compared to my note in January 2018. But it gently builds in intensity to a grippy, graphite-infused finish with that subtle Japanese seaweed tincture I observed previously. Classic in style, this will benefit from several years in bottle. Excellent. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.
|Score: 98+||Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019|
The 2015 Petrus was bottled in July 2017 according to Olivier Berrouet. Deep in color, it has a very fragrant bouquet that takes time to open, eventually offering scents of blackberry, briary, cold stone and iris with hint of hoisin and black pepper, all beautifully defined and very succinct. The palate is supremely well balanced with a saline, quite spicy entry with edgy tannin. There is enormous depth here and it manifests an enigmatic marine influence with time, touches of Japanese nori and sea salt. It fans out wonderfully on the finish although it is not a powerful, burly Petrus, rather one that is sophisticated and refined. The 2015 will be up there with the greats although only time will tell if it will reach perfection. Anticipated maturity: 2025 - 2055.
|Score: 98+||Neal Martin, -, March 2018|
The 2015 Petrus is, of course, 100% Merlot picked between September 15-29 , although the secateurs were only used on six of those days with a majority coming toward the end of that period. Olivier Berrouet told me that it will be matured in 50% new oak. It has an extremely precise, controlled bouquet with crystalline red and black fruit. This is not a powerful or intense bouquet, but beguilingly pretty. It is crystalline and I detected more mineralité than in recent vintages, perhaps because there is less puppy fat. The palate is beautifully balanced, completely harmonious, underpinned by filigree tannin that assert a sense of focus and linearity until two-thirds of the way along, whereupon it fans out while maintaining breathtaking clarity. Touches of cracked black pepper and spice lend this Petrus personality and intrigue. Having tasted most legendary Petrus since the 1940s, and tasted here from barrel since 2002, I can only apologize for being so predictable by claiming that this may well nestle among the likes of the Petrus 1950, 1964, 1989 and 1998. Drink 2025-2060.
|Score: 98/100||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016|
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Petrus (bottled in mid-July 2017) opens in its own time to reveal crushed black cherries, warm plums, mulberries and cedar chest suggestions with touches of anise, lavender, beef drippings and wild thyme plus a waft of crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with generous, exuberant, wonderfully layered red, black and perfumed blue fruits contrasted beautifully by very ripe, very fine-grained and very firm tannins plus an ethereal line of seamless acid, finishing long and minerally. Olivier Berrouet and his team have knocked it out of the park in 2015. Look for this Pétrus to build and unfold over the next 20 years and confidently cellar this legend for 40+ years. 2024 - 2058
|Score: 100||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018|
The aromas to this are a reference for Pomerol with truffles, black olives, black licorice and dark fruit. Even brown sugar. Full-bodied, layered and multi-dimensional. Chocolate underlines the character above. The perfect tannin texture, length and balance make you think you're dreaming. All about harmony and beauty. Love to taste it now but needs at least five or six years.
|Score: 100||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018|
A wine that makes me dream and touches my soul. Such amazing purity and density yet the tannins and acidity are in perfect balance. The freshness and quality tannins is second to none. It’s a redefinition of some of the great Petrus such as 1971 and 1961 that didn’t have the precision or clarity of today.
|Score: 100||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016|
Powerful and brooding as a young wine from barrel, the 2015 Pétrus has developed exquisite finesse and nuance to play off its natural concentration. Winemaker Oliver Berrouet has always spoken of small berry size as one of the signatures of 2015. To be sure, there is plenty of textural richness and overall intensity. At the same time, the 2015 exudes tons of freshness and vibrancy. Berrouet gave the 2015 18 months in French oak, 50% new. Quite simply, the 2015 is a stratospheric wine with a very bright future. 2025 - 2055
|Score: 97+||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2018|
The 2015 Pétrus is dark, brooding and also fiercely tannic, which sets it apart from most Pomerols of the year stylistically. Vertical in feel, the 2015 possesses terrific energy and cut to balance the dark, super-ripe fruit. Winemaker Oliver Berrouet adds that the berries were considerable smaller (about 30%) than normal, which resulted in high skin-to-juice ratios consequently musts with high levels of tannin. The 2015 is a vertical, brooding Pétrus that shows little of the early appeal of so many other wines. Readers will have to be especially patient.
|Score: 95/97||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016|
Tasted blind. Savoury and solid. Lots of nuance and a bit of alcohol. Just shuts down a bit on the end. Hot! A bit vegy. Fresh finish.
|Score: 18||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019|
Not the deepest crimson of the lot. Exotic, super-charming nose. And lovely freshness on the palate. Almost Cabernet Franc-like (very ripe Cabernet Franc)! Hint of decongestant medicine! Something sweet and peppery. Not too big, but super-opulent. Great charm and intensity on the palate. Quite difficult to see the tannins; they emerge only at the end. You shouldn't need to wait too long for this. Wonderful persistence. The most beautiful ink you will ever encounter. Lots of energy. 14.6%
|Score: 18.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016|
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) remains a consultant. 100% Merlot on clay soil at the heart of the plateau of Pomerol. The new oak here has been toned down to only 50% and one third of the production is sold off in bulk (we wish that we knew where......). The alcohol is 14.6 degrees and Olivier Berrouet says that it reminds him of the very successful 1998 vintage made here. Deep ruby colour with a spicy, peppery note to overlay extremely pure red and black cherries and a touch of vanilla pod. The palate is supremely elegant with refined, supple, and soft tannins framing the intense fruit core. This really is a case of iron fist, velvet glove. There is so much power to the wine, yet it is offered through such a silky layer of tannin. The spicy, peppery character on the finish elevates the wine further. The pinnacle of what Merlot can offer.
|Score: 18+||Farr Vintners, March 2016|
The fruit on the nose is sweet and ripe richness and depth the palate voluptuous, fleshy and supple with depth of flavour rich ripe black plum. Velvety and and plush yet under the sweet fruit there is balancing freshness. Structure fine tannins a mailed fist in a velvet glove with the fleshy fruit filling out the back palate and finish. 2028-45
|Score: 97/99||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016|
A stunning wine from the ever-youthful Olivier Berrouet and his team, which may well get
100 points from me on release in bottle. Who needs Cabernet Franc for added freshness in
2015 when you have a terroir and winemaking as good as this? Pure, subtle and refined, this
has more tannin and backbone than you think. It’s just that the fruit is so seductive you don’t
notice it. A wine that justifies some of the hype about the vintage. Drink: 2025-40
|Score: 99||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016|
Tasted by Jane Anson(at Château Gazin, 01 Dec 2017)
Part of Bordeaux Right Bank 2015 in bottle: Top scorers
There is so much going on with Petrus in 2015 that you should just pull up a chair and relax, don't expect to be going anywhere soon. Aromatic persistency keeps reaching in, pulling you further alongside. There is a soft quality to the tannins that allows the black fruit to be both juicy and sweet. High alcohol is balanced by freshness - a pH of 3.5 is relatively rare on these sticky clay soils - unleashing waves of flavour, including bergamot, smoky tea, black olives and rich cherry. The persistency is crazy - I had to get my notes back out two or three times to take down additional flavours because it just kept giving something more. And it makes you smile! What more do you want? Bottled in June, but will not be sent out to customers until April 2018. 50% new oak.
Drinking Window 2023 - 2040
Read more at http://www.decanter.com/wine-reviews/france/bordeaux/petrus-pomerol-bordeaux-france-2015-17593#GSuOjZRmXrHcW54b.99
|Score: 100||Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine, January 2018|
There is fascinating restraint on the nose and also very controlled delivery of flavour on the palate which is unnerving
and impressive in equal measure. Unlike many Pomerols in 2015, there is no explosion of aromatic intensity and
sweetness, nor is there any noticeable oak or heat. The absence of lushness and overt fruit makes you dive deeper into
the glass and when you immerse yourself in this wine you find elemental power and immense length. The tempo with
which this wine unravels is determined by the wine and not by the taster. Seemingly lighter and more tender than
some vintages, but still with latent power and intensity, this is a beguiling wine with layers of silky fruit and hypnotic
depth. As it opens in the glass there is no trace of exuberance, just a controlled, measured release of energy. Rather than
a wine which is maquillé this wine has natural, unforced beauty and the reason for its individuality and depth of fruit
is the extremely long extraction. The fruit was in such good condition that rather than a typically short fermentation
they decided to allow the pristine fruit the opportunity to extract profound, deeper notes that are rarely seen. The word
‘natural’ is bandied about these days and yet it is rarely used in these instances - the elemental, natural beauty of this
vintage of Pétrus is utterly compelling.
|Score: 19.5+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016|