With origins dating back to 1770, this almost mythical wine is recognised for its constituency of style and quality. This celebrated Pomerol estate was originally under the label of “Petrus-Arnaud” acknowledging the original owners, although the origin of the allusion to St Peter is unknown. At the end of the 19th century, Petrus was recognised as one of the best crus in Pomerol, and sold at the same price as 2eme Crus from the Médoc. 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 top of the plateau de Pomerol. The vines benefit from the “argile bleue” soil which offers unique drainage properties which are optimal for Merlot.
A good quality but irregular vintage. After a hot and dry summer, the quality of this vintage was compromised by heavy rain, resulting in concentrated and tannic wines with a good cellaring capacity. Those produced from Merlot had better results.
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)
A great match with beef, lamb and game.
Serve at room temperature (15ᵒc – 18ᵒc)
93 pts – Robert Parker
AOC Pomerol, Bordeaux