2014 petrus, pomerol
Why We're Buying
It might be an understatement to call Pétrus a masterpiece. The merlot has earned an astonishing 11 100-point ratings from wine critic Robert Parker alone and retails north of $2,500 per bottle. As Jeb Dunnuck described the 2018 vintage, “[it] is a brilliant wine that has perfection written all over it.” The staggering price hasn't slowed investors, rising steadily in price from 2017 to 2021.
A wine evincing true enlightenment. It’s floral on the nose and also shows blackberries, stones, minerals and cedar. Full-bodied, yet its so fine-grained and tight. So, so long. It builds like a waterfall on the finish. The tannins are powerful yet superbly integrated and harmonious. Needs four to five years in bottle. Drink in 2023.
Ripe, smooth and with a velvety texture, this is a superrich, over-the-top wine. It is opulent and generous in warm red-plum flavors. The freshness is slow to come through this weighty wine.Barrel Sample: 94-96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Petrus was tasted on the same morning as the 2014 Vieux-Château-Certan and though they are built from different blends, their personalities are quite similar. This is a succinct, not powerful, much more refined and discrete bouquet, gradually unfurling and revealing a subtle sea spray/marine element. The palate is again quite discrete at first and unfolds at a glacial pace. It is beautifully balanced with fine tannin, quite linear and structured, gently building towards a finish that has wonderful salinity (continuing that marine theme). Note: I actually returned to taste this several hours later, because it was so closed earlier on and it did finally open, which is atypical for this Pomerol. It is a wonderful Petrus, but one that will deserve bottle age and decanting.
This has lush, fleshy layers of blackberry, fig and black currant confiture rumbling through, pushed by notes of charcoal and warm tobacco leaf. Ganache hints fill in on the finish. Bass-driven, with a serious knot of tannins that have yet to stretch out, but the core of fruit is way too serious to doubt. Best from 2020 through 2035.