2018 Petrolo Galatrona (750ml) Pre-Arrival15 0 0 0
Luca Sanjust says that this is the most Pomerol of the Merlot-based Galatronas he has created.
Galatrona is the Merlot “Gran-Cru” of Petrolo that is only made with the grapes from the vineyard of the same name. The vines were planted in the mid 80’s and early 90’s with low vigor Bordeaux clones on soil rich in clay, schist, marl and sandstones. It is made of 100% Merlot with only about 30,000 bottles made.
"Aromas of blackberries, black olives, green olives and violets. It’s really aromatic. Full-bodied, yet so precise and polished with creamy, layered tannins that caress your palate. It’s extremely persistent and goes on for minutes. Only 40% new wood. Really balanced. All about purity and complexity From organically grown grapes. Try after 2023." 98 points - James Suckling (13 Jul, 2020)
"A 100% Merlot cuvée that totally delivers. This is seductive with tons of finesse and layers of liquorice and olive paste with grip and smoked swirls of grilled oak. I love the confidence and complexity of this wine. 2018 had less extreme temperatures than 2017 in this corner of Chianti, and it gives a lilting freshness while still guarding the wild fig and rosemary aromatics that give a sense of place. Fermentation is in small barrels and amphoras, with manual punching down of the skins. Overall, a gorgeous wine and an extremely easy bottle to recommend. 20,000 bottles, with the Place de Bordeaux responsible for all distribution outside of Italy. Organic certified since 2016. Owner and winemaker Luca Sanjust worked with the late Denis Durantou of L'Eglise Clinet during the early years of Petrolo, and certainly you can see some of the deft playing with the possibilities of Merlot that became the signature of both men. Drinking Window 2023 - 2043" 97 points - Jane Anson (Decanter, Aug. 2020)
"The flagship 2018 Galatrona, 100% Merlot, is very beautiful. Silky tannins wrap around a core of Merlot fruit. I am struck by how elegant the 2018 is, as Galatrona is so often a wine of impact. Black cherry, chocolate, game, leather, licorice and spice give the 2018 a good bit of nuance. This is an especially understated, refined edition of Galatrona." 96 points - Antonio Galloni (Vinous, August 2020)