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Petrus

With origins dating back to 1770, this quasi-mythical wine is recognised for its consistency of style and quality, as well as the small quantities produced. The celebrated Pomerol estate was originally under the label of “Petrus-Arnaud” acknowledging the original owners, although the origin of the allusion to Saint Peter is unknown. After winning a gold medal at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1878, Petrus came to be recognised as one of the best crus in Pomerol, and sold at the same price as 2eme Crus from the Médoc – the first Pomerol wine to do so.

After a couple of changes of ownership, in 1945 Jean-Pierre Moueix was granted exclusive commercialisation rights, working with the owner to transform the reputation of the wine, bringing its market price up to the same level as the 1er Grands Crus. In 1969, the Moueix family bought the property outright, as well as an additional four hectare of land from Château Gazin significantly increasing the estate’s size. Jean-Francois Moueix is the actual owner.

The estate’s 11ha of Merlot vines are situated on the top of the plateau de Pomerol. The vines benefit from the “argile bleue” soil which offers unique drainage properties which are optimal for Merlot. An average yield might offer 2,500 cases.

All grapes are picked in the afternoon only, once the morning dew has evaporated, avoiding any chance of dilution. The grapes are fermented in cement vats, with maceration lasting normally between 15 and 21 days to ensure no over-extraction. Once fermentation is complete, the wine is then aged in French oak barrels for 22-28 months.

The style of Petrus is unique. It can be the most aromatically complex wine of Pomerol, filled with spice, coffee, blackcurrant, liquorice, violet, chocolate, plums, dark cherries, truffles, wet earth and fresh flowers. In the best vintages, the texture is other worldly. It has a richness, as well as silk and velvet feel that no other Bordeaux wine can offer. Petrus requires time to develop. Even though it’s produced from almost 100% Merlot, Petrus is one of the longest lived Bordeaux wines produced.

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Petrus 2007 — Petrus

Petrus 2007

AOC Pomerol, Bordeaux

100% Merlot

Tasting note

The 2007 can be drunk immediately. Relatively big for the vintage, it offers a dark plum/ruby colour as well as aromas of mulberries, black cherries, cedar and soil undertones. It abounds with fruit, a plump, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, silky tannins, and low acidity.

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Petrus 1994 — Petrus

Petrus 1994

AOC Pomerol, Bordeaux

100% Merlot

Tasting note

Opaque purple/black in colour with a sweet vanilla, pain grille, cherry-jam and cassis-scented nose, this full-bodied and dense wine reveals layers of flavour and an inner core of sweetness with huge levels of glycerine and depth. A tannic, classic style of Petrus, with immense body and great purity. Maturity:  now until 2035 (Robert Parker)

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Petrus 1988 — Petrus

Petrus 1988

AOC Pomerol, Bordeaux

100% Merlot

Tasting note

Sweet, round and rich, it was initially served blind and was obviously something exceptional. Lovely cleanliness as well as flattering sumptuousness. Tannins difficult to discern. Acidity well integrated. (Jancis Robinson)

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Petrus 2006 — Petrus

Petrus 2006

AOC Pomérol, Bordeaux

100% Merlot

Tasting note

Powerful, structured, masculine, 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 and impressive concentration. 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.

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Petrus 1979 — Petrus

Petrus 1979

AOC Pomerol, Bordeaux

100% Merlot

Tasting note

Fully mature with hints of mellow old fruit, the wine is still balanced and harmonious. Notable for its fine structure.

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