Petrus 2020

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Tasting Notes and Scores

98-100

Michael Schuster

(100% M; 14.5% ABV)
Densely ripe, and yet also fresh and crisp to smell; rich, fresh to vital, firmly but finely tannic, a first-rate long-term balance; deep, ripe, fresh black fruit to taste, deeply mineral-infused, dense and sonorous, within a generous, but super fine-grained velvety tannin; an effortlessly prolonged inner energy on the mid-palate, with a remarkable vitality given its richness; mouthcoating, great elegance, and wonderful length. A wine so complete, and yet seeming so light alongside its density. Grand and yet so easy, so flattering, the mark of a great aristocrat whose presence speaks for itself, which has no need to bellow to make its point. Utterly magnificent. 2035–65+.

18.5

Jancis Robinson

100% Merlot. Cask sample.
Rich, dense and opulent but reined-in, the tannic structure a framework of plentiful but really fine tannins. Lovely, lifted fruit expression, the type seen in top Merlot years (shades of 1998?). Plenty of freshness, so harmonious despite the alcohol degree. Very pure. Tremendous length. A step up from 2019 and at least on a par with 2018. (JL)

98

Decanter

Tasted by Jane Anson(at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021)
Part of Best Bordeaux 2020 wines: top-scorers

Extremely powerful, this has the concentration of the vintage no question, but it is oh so slowly dealt out. Despite the clear water reserves in the soils of Petrus, the Merlot still slowed down its ripening over the dry summer - just 30mm of rain here in August - before suddenly accelerating in September. A ton of acidity alongside silky seductive tannins, dense and powerful with violet floral notes streaking through the fruit as it opens. Gorgeous balance with unmistakable personality. Yields here were around 39hl/ha. 3.6pH. Harvest September 5 to 18.


Drinking Window 2029 - 2050