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  • Country ranking ?

    4 462
  • Producer ranking ?

    53
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Beef Medallion with Green Quinoa

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 1983

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. 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.
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 grapes are picked only in the afternoon, when the morning dew has evaporated, so as not to risk even the slightest dilution of quality.
Drinking Pétrus may be an unforgettable experience. I have been lucky to have the opportunity to taste most of its great vintages. That is why wine enthusiasts often come to me for advice. First, I 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, I 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.


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

info@jpmoueix.com
www.moueix.com

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Written Notes

A wine which will forever live in the shadow of the 1982, fair or not. And on this showing, a wine that deserves its own slice of glory. Really, seriously good. Notes of dry hay, warm earth, cherries. It has developed plenty of complexity and is a beautifully mature wine. Seamless and well structured. Very fine tannins. Terrific Bordeaux.
  • 96p
The 1983 Petrus smelled like good real estate in the nose. There were also musk, oats and chocolate pie aromas. The palate was in a great spot like many 1983s, still not peaking either. Rich, tasty and long, I thought this was the best wine of the evening so far, although The Hedonist found it a touch dry
  • 94p

A level fill, ruby with brick rim. Mocca, heavy and ripe feel to it, vanilla, coffee and ripe dark fruits. Body is leaner than fruit sugests, fresh acidity, ripe tannins, green bell peppers and herbal finish. Good length. 90

  • 90p
Deep dark red colour. Roasted nose with tar, cigar box and leather. The rich palate is juicy and there is pleasant volumes of firming smooth tannin left. Long lasting fruity finish. The wine drinks well from now until 2020.
  • 90p

Information

Origin

Bordeaux, Pomerol

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

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