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.
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 2007 vintage was a source of considerable concern to vine growers from the end of April, and right up to the harvest climatic conditions were chaotic. The health of the vine and grapes necessitated extreme vigilance and a large number of rapid interventions.
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.
A great match with beef, lamb and game.
Serve at room temperature (15ᵒc – 18ᵒc)
AOC Pomerol, Bordeaux