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Top Vintages Produced:
1921, 1929, 1945, 1947, 1950, 1961, 1964, 1970, 1975, 1989, 1990, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2008 and 2009
Merlot (95%), Cabernet Franc (5%)
Château Petrus: 100% Merlot
Château Petrus is one of the most celebrated and distinguished wines in the world. It is therefore
difficult to comprehend that the wine was, until recently, relatively cheap and difficult to sell. It was not until
the middle of the 20th century that its reputation was finally cemented, making it a globally sought-after wine
and a blue-chip collectable.
Prior to the current success of Petrus, the estate was owned by the Arnaud family for almost two hundred years.
It was only after Madame Loubat, who had progressively acquired pieces of the property since 1925, became the sole
owner at the end of World War II that the Château’s wines began to flourish on the world market. (read more)
early years of Château Petrus' reinvention, Loubat worked in partnership with Jean-Pierre Moueix, a successful
négociant. Their accomplishments can be attributed to shrewd management, increased levels of green-harvesting
and precise vinification. In addition, as the vineyard is a miniscule 12 hectares, significant price increases became
justifiable when heavy demand outstretched the tiny supply.
After Madame Loubat's passing in 1961, her family sold Moueix their remaining shares leaving Jean-Pierre as the sole
owner of the estate vineyards and modestly proportioned Château. Today, following the passing of Jean-Pierre,
the estate is managed by his son Jean-Francois, whilst his brother Christian oversees the vineyard, vinification,
marketing, and distribution of the wines.
Château Petrus continues to remain a breed apart from surrounding estates and maintains its status as one
of the world’s most coveted wines. It possesses Pomerol’s unctuous, almost chewy quality of richness and power but
with a rare depth of colour, clarity of flavor and structured pedigree that is unlike anything else.
Viticulture and Vinification
Château Petrus's outstanding location on a plateau in the eastern portion of Pomerol is complemented by
the high percentage of iron-rich clay in the soil (far more than is contained in surrounding properties). The estate
was among the first in Bordeaux to implement green-harvesting as a way to lower crop yields and raise the quality of
the remaining grapes by concentrating their power and quality. This technique, combined with the minute area under
vines (only 12 hectares), produces very small quantities of fruit and consequently wines of great expense.
Unusually, the wine is produced almost entirely from Merlot grapes. Prior to the 1960's, up to 20% of Cabernet Franc
was added to the blend but this was gradually abandoned by Loubat and Moueix in favour of a more distinct style.
Fermentation and maceration takes place over 20 to 24 days, followed by up to 2 year's ageing in 100% new oak barrels
in order to fully integrate the flavours in the wines and allow for greater complexity.
With only 2,500 cases produced each vintage, this wine is quickly snapped up year after year.
- Pomerol has no formal classification but Château Petrus is considered to be one of the top properties
and the equivalent of a First Growth estate.
- The vineyards are predominately Merlot (95%), with a little Cabernet Franc (5%).
- Château Petrus: 100% Merlot
Order top vintages of Château Petrus
- Château Petrus 2008: (98-100 RP)
"Destined to be one of the greatest Petrus's ever made..." – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
- Château Petrus 2000: (100 RP)
"A prodigious Petrus, this wine has that extra level of intensity and complexity that is monumental..." – Robert Parker,
The Wine Advocate
- Château Petrus 1990: (100 RP)
"The vintage's sweetness, low acidity, and velvety tannins are present in abundance..." – Robert Parker,
The Wine Advocate