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Parker 100 point:

Talk about a thrill a second, as well as unprecedented decadence (at least for me), consider the rarity of a flight of six double magnums of Petrus! Because there were not many people at the tasting, there was the possibility of having several large glasses of these wines, making judging them all the more fun. And let's not forget the medical benefit of flushing the fat out of one's arteries with such remarkable juice! The 1970 Petrus has hit its peak of perfection. In the last 4-5 years, it has shed much of its tannin yet remains a young, full-bodied, blockbuster style of Petrus. Extremely concentrated and thick, with layers of mocha-tinged, berry, and black-cherry fruit presented in an enormously-endowed, viscously-textured, alcoholic, full-bodied format, this wine should remain at its plateau for another 20-25 years. 

The notes for this wine are taken from the description of Series IV - Flight B of the 1995 tasting conducted in Munich by Helga and Hardy Rodenstock. Many years after the tasting from which this note derives allegations were made concerning the authenticity of old and rare bottles of wine sold by Hardy Rodenstock to collectors around the world. The matter has been the subject of numerous articles, litigation and at least one book. Mr. Parker believes that the wines served to him at this tasting were authentic so this note and the others from that specific tasting continue to be posted on eRobertParker.com.

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The Story

Drinking Pétrus may be an unforgettable experience. We has 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, WeI 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.



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Vintage 1970

1995 Already over ten years of age, the true Bordeaux classic, allying elegance and nobility.
Great wines are worth the wait. The others are delicious to drink.

1990 Vintage of great heat.
Rich in alcohol and its seduction makes this vintage a favorite amongst numerous wine amateurs.

1989 A great classic vintage and very early (Pomerol harvested early September).
Slightly more austere than the 1990, it remains one of the best vintages in the 20th century.

1982 An almost perfect year. Despite their abundance, the wines have kept an infinite charm.

1975 A dry year of little quantity. Many promising hopes were dashed by a persistant astringence.
A few great successes in Pomerol.

1970 The first vintage of the Modern Times. Vine cultivation came out of decades of difficulty.
Great classic wines.

Personal comments by Christian Moueix

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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005
2 281€ +16.1% 1 965€ -1.1% 1 987€ +24.3% 1 598€ +12.5% 1 421€ -9.1% 1 564€ +3.6% 1 509€ +54.5% 977€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

24 tasting notes

Tasting note


Deep, Brick red and Bright


Long, Lingering and Spicy


Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Vanilla, Violet, Smoky and Meaty


Intense, Complex, Opulent and Seductive




Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Complex, Multi-dimensional, Well-structured, Developing, Medium-bodied, Full, Firm, Harmonious, Sweet and Silky tannins


Well-rounded and Outstanding

Written Notes

If I wrote up the best wine of this meal, it would be the 1990 Margaux or the 1970 Petrus, but delicious trio of the 1997 Margaux and those two ‘76s had me thinking more. Wines like those can exceed expectations; the great ones can only meet them. However, given that I don’t want this article to take an additional month to write, let’s talk about the 1970 Petrus. I have written up this wine many times, and this was a superb bottle. Chocolate and plums were in perfect harmony, and this wine’s sweetness and thickness were both second to none. Spices like cinnamon abounded; this was a wine with a mature knowledge lacking in these other young bucks. Speaking of bucks, the ’70 Petrus is still quite reasonable compared to other Petrus young bucks (97).
  • 97p
Pétrus 1970 / Miserable looking bottle, but the level was into the neck. Mature, healthy looking colour. Very fragrant and intense nose that has hints of blackberries and vanilla oak. Extremely smooth and silky, but at the same time fantastically massive and thick, almost too good to be true. A generous wine that is very complex and harmonious. Ready of course, yet enough depth to last. A stunningly mature wine that thrilled the mind as much as the palate.
  • 97p
Pétrus 1970 / Deep brick red colour. Elegant, complex yet pronounced nose with bell pepper, tobacco leaf and beef stock. The big volume of mouth-drying tannin raises questions if it will ever soften. Full and alive, fruity with a charming combination of elegance and power. Drink within the next 15 years.95 points
  • 95p
Pétrus 1970 was for me a mayor disappointment. I have to admit it didn’t start well anyway, with two bad bottles, one oxidised, one corked. Actually, the third one had a lousy cork as well, but at least the wine was clean. But still, to me it seemed a bit dull, very sweet, sort of obese against the sheer finesse of the Palmer. In it’s defense I must say that because of the faulty bottles we had, the good one didn’t get much time to breathe, so maybe I am too harsh in my judgment.
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Bordeaux, Pomerol

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