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Petrus plans distribution change - Chateau Pétrus is set for a distribution shakeup, forming a new company as sole distributor.

 

Pétrus is owned by Jean-Francois Moueix (and now his children), while Ets Jean-Pierre Moueix is owned by his brother Christian Moueix. Since 2009 Pétrus has been run entirely separately from the Ets JP Moueix properties.

Bordeaux 2011 picture of Chateau Petrus

The Pomerol estate has appointed Christophe Jacquemin Sablon – who worked as commercial director at Ets JP Moueix for five years, and before that at Louis Roederer champagnes – to head a new company, yet to be named, which will be the sole distributor of Pétrus.

It will be independent of Duclot, the négociant company also owned by Jean-Francois and Jean Moueix. Jacquemin has been at Pétrus since March 2012.

The 2012 vintage is the last year that Ets JP Moueix will have the exclusivity on Pétrus for the export sales, although the chateau will continue to be sold en primeur – it is thought through a larger number of négociants. Some French private customers have always received small amounts of the wine, and will continue to do so.

‘We want to identify where Pétrus will be best to be sold, to ensure that customers are able to get hold of it, and to drink it. We don’t want it concentrated in a few hands,’ Jacquemin Sablon told decanter.com.

by Jane Anson in Bordeaux

 

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History

Christian Mouiex has a problem that many of the world's winemakers would love to be burdened with. The demand for his wines is so huge that collectors are prepared to pay almost anything to get even one bottle. The high price leads to high quality expectations. This often means disappointment, because just like the other top wines of the world, Pétrus is often drunk much too young, when its taste is still raw and undeveloped. Pétrus requires at least 20 years to mature.

Pétrus' fame is to a large extent attributable to Madame Edmond Loubat. She bought the estate piecemeal between 1925 and 1945. Madame Loubat had strong faith in the quality of her wines and asked higher prices than any other producer in Pomerol.

Jean-Pierre Mouiex was the perfect partner for her. Mouiex was a négociant from Libourne and owned some properties himself. Mouiex was successful in marketing Pétrus and catapulted it into global fame. Pétrus became introduced in the United States, and the wine was served at the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1947. Madame Loubat later gifted a case of Pétrus to Buckingham Palace for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

After the 1956 winter frost that devastated the grape vines of Bordeaux region and killed ⅔ of the Pétrus vineyard, Madame Loubat decided not to replant but regraft new vines on top of existing survivor rootstocks (the process recépage previously untried in the region[ with success, ensuring that the vines’ average age remained high and establishing a tradition that has since been followed. Until this year, Pétrus was sold off in cask, as well as in bottle, which came to an end.

When Madame Loubat died in 1961, Mouiex became part-owner in Pétrus. Today, the Mouiex family owns most of it. The son of Jean-Pierre Mouiex, Christian, has been responsible for winemaking at Pétrus since 1970, supported by Jean-Claude Berrouet. Berrouet retired formally from winemaking in 2007, but with the help of his son, Jean-François Berrouet, he has continued work as technical consultant for wineries in Israel, Argentina, China and France. The Petrus Estate, as of 2010, it now run by Jean Pierre Moueix's son Jean-François Moueix, and Berrouet's other son, Olivier Berrouet, is Director of Winemaking.

 

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Vineyards

The myth surrounding the Pétrus vineyard is firstly due to its unique terroir (a bump located at 40 meters high on the famous terrace of Pomerol, made of deep clay lying on iron pan) on which Merlot grape variety expresses itself exceptionally and resists naturally to the climatic variation. 

The average age of the vines exceed 45 years. The estate was among the first in Bordeaux to implement green-harvesting or éclaircissage as a way to lower crop yields and raise the quality of the remaining grapes. Grapes are hand harvested over two to three days,  although the vineyard’s small size permits harvesting to be completed in one day if necessary. The grapes are picked only in the afternoon, when the morning dew has evaporated, so as not to risk even the slightest dilution of quality.

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Winemaking

The grapes are picked by hand, destemmed, and since 2009 an optical sorter has replaced hand sorting. They are gently crushed before vinification in concrete vats. Maceration usually lasts 15 to 21 days to extract only the softest and most mature tannins from the skins and the pits. Half the juice is gently pumped over in the morning and the other half in the evening. After maceration the juice goes into another vat for the malo-lactic fermentation.

The must is lightly pressed and sometimes the press wine is incorporated into the final blend. After the malo-lactic fermentation is complete each vat is tasted and those which are good enough are blended together before the wine is aged in barrels. Only 50% of the French oak barrels are new. When these are received from the coopers they are filled with water for 15 days in order to get rid of the most aggressive tannins. The barrels are closed with a silicon bung from the very start in order to protect the wine from contact with oxygen. There is no ullage. The wines are racked every three months. The aging varies in length from one vintage to another depending on the quality of the grapes.

 

Drinking Pétrus may be an unforgettable experience. We have been lucky to have the opportunity to taste most of its great vintages. That is why wine enthusiasts often come to us for advice. First, we advise you to choose a good vintage, an excellent one if your wallet allows. If you taste a poor vintage, you will notice how it raises above most other wines of the same vintage, but you will miss the actual point of Pétrus. Second, purchase wine that is at least 10 to 20 years old, because a young Pétrus is difficult to approach, besides which oak and tannins predominate in its taste. Young Pétrus may be impressive, but it ages fantastically and requires more time than any other Pomerol wine to reach its culmination. Finally, we would advise you to decant the wine with care and well in advance, and also to give it time to develop in the glass. Then you will have the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable experience.

When Jean-Claude Berrouet retired as technical director after 44 vintages in 2007 he was replaced by Eric Murisasco. Berrouet’s son Olivier Berrouet was appointed the new winemaker, and is in training to become technical director as Christian Moueix stated in 2008 his intention to distance himself from Pétrus, limiting his role to that of a consultant.

Soil: dark clay Production area: 12ha Grape varieties: 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. 

Average age of vines: 42-45 years Harvest method: hand picked

Winemaking: fermentations take place in thermo-regulated concrete tanks Ageing: 100% new oak barrels for 18-20 months 

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Inside information

The producers of the 2004 film Sideways had originally wanted the character Miles Raymond’s treasure bottle to be a Pétrus, which ultimately became a 1961 Château Cheval Blanc. Moueix stated, “Quite a few film scripts cross my desk and I vaguely recall Sideways asking for permission to use Pétrus. I am afraid that at that time, I found the script unexciting and declined”.

 

PÉTRUS AND CHAMPAGNE TO LEAD CHRISTIE’S HK SALE

A 57 bottle vertical of Pétrus and prestige Champagne cuvées from Salon, Krug, Gosset and Selosse will lead Christie’s next Hong Kong sale this month.

Champagne-BottlesTaking place on 21 March, the sale features “outstanding” lots of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Alsatian, Rhône and Italian wines.

One of the centrepieces of the sale will be Right Bank super star Pétrus, with a 57 bottle lot spanning 1950-2009 expected to fetch HK$1.1 to HK$1.7 million.

Also strongly represented is Champagne with bottles and magnums of 1990 Cristal, 1996 Bollinger R.D., Philipponnat’s Clos des Goisses, Krug, Salon, Dom Pérignon rosé and Jacques Selosse all up for sale.

Burgundy will be strongly represented by large consignments of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Henri Jayer and other domains, while Zind-Humbrecht, Weinbach and Trimbach will fly the flag for Alsace.

Top lots for Italy include mixed cases of Giusto di Notri from Tua Rita and Redigaffi 2006 from the same estate.

4th March, 2015 by Rupert Millar

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 Tuula Hällström, Wine Collector (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pétrus . In a tasting of  9 wines 

My country, Finland, celebrates it's 100-Anniversary on this year and we honoured it by tasting several wines from 1917 - the best ones were Château Lafleur-Petrus 1917, Moet & Chandon Imperial 1917, Coutet 1917 ...

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 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pétrus . In a tasting of  25 wines 

This was definitely the most amazing dinner I had the pleasure to attend this year. 30 wines from 1947.
2 bottlings of Pétrus and 5 bottles of Cheval Blanc.


Thank you Robert.
My favorites were Cheval Blanc, Pétrus, Mouton and Margaux.

17d 16h ago

 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pétrus . In a tasting of  11 wines 

Romanee Conti 1978 / Simply staggering, unlike anything else on the palate you could conceive of. The amalgam of deep fruit, suave and sensual poise, coupled with such entrancing balance and structure is extraordinary. Licorice, cherries, spicy red fruit on the nose. Sheer velvet at the mid palate, and then just penetrating beauty, blackberries and plums, a mouth perfume of violets -- an anthem to primary and tertiary beauty encased in haunting Vosne spice. You have ravishing majesty here. 100 Points

25d 17h ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pétrus . In a tasting of  31 wines 

What can I say about the 1989 Haut Brion that I haven’t already said over and over again.  It, along with the 1989 Petrus, are the two greatest “young” wines I have ever had, and the youngest wines I would include in my ‘Top Ten’ lifetime category (I would let them share a spot lol).  This wine has been great every time I tasted it and has never shut down.  ‘Humdinger’ summed it up nicely (98+).

1m 23d ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pétrus . In a tasting of  15 wines 

Autumn tasting series started with friends at my home. Best wines were Terrantez 1795, Petrus 1990 mg, Cheval 1947, Latour 1961 and Pol Roger 1947 Mg.

1m 24d ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pétrus . In a tasting of  31 wines 

The Finnish summer has not started yet - the sea is still cold (+14c) and it's raining every second day - but the colder the weather is, the better is the taste:)


Here are some summer wines I have tried between the showers.

3m 5d ago

 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  4 wines  from  Château Pétrus . In a tasting of  30 wines 

Le Cinq "Wine Legends" Dinner with wines like Bouchard 1865, Beycheville 1899, DRC Conti 1940, DRC Richebourg 1942, Margaux 1928, Latour 1929, Mouton 1949, Petrus 1949, 1955, 1959, and 1966 etc.

3m 19d ago

 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pétrus . In a tasting of  11 wines 

1949 was a great vintage that has aged beautifully.

3m 21d ago

 Dhruv Sawhney, Wine Lover (India)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pétrus . In a tasting of  14 wines 

Vintage 1961 tasting with Mouton, Lafleur, Petrus, Latour, La Chapelle, Palmer etc.

4m 7d ago

 Andreas Larsson / Best Sommelier in the World 2004, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pétrus . In a tasting of  2 wines 

1911 Niepoort – it feels like it would be unfair to compare this with the non fortified wines as no one would stand a chance to compete with the incredible power, inimitable intensity, mind blowing length or alluring complexity of the 1911 Colheita! Once again I think it would be a waste trying to describe the individual aromas or flavours, let´s just say that this encapsulates and amplifies everything we´ve learned to love about fine old Port. A taste of another era that makes you wonder if you want to go back?

4m 21d ago

 Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Pro (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pétrus . In a tasting of  13 wines 

My TOP Bordeaux from 2010 vintage / Deep ruby in colour, the Lafite has wonderful aromatics, with a gorgeous perfume of violets, cedar, cassis and blackberries. With its velvety tannins and layered, delicate flavours, there is a succulent juicy character to its fruit profile, accented with hints of violet. It is a gorgeous wine that is filled with delicate layers of flavours and at the same time is not heavy or dense. This is clearly a very successful vintage for Lafite in both style and intensity, producing a wine that will outlive the outstanding 2009. 100 points

4m 29d ago

 Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Pro (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pétrus . In a tasting of  11 wines 

Petrus 2009 / 100 points / If a wine's aroma can be sexy, then this is it: Vibrant mixed spices, sweet, ripe plums, blackberries and violets. The wine has amazing density and richness with Petrus' signature layers of flavours including hint of game, anise and exotic Asian spices that go on and on. This is an intoxicating wine that will be a hedonists' delight in its youth or after decades of aging.

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