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  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Grilled Beef Medallions served over Corn Pie Puree

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 1985

Château Pétrus

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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Tasting note

color

Medium and Ruby red

ending

Long, Extensive and Lingering

flavors

Earthy, Blackcurrant, Pepper, Coffee, Toasty and Cigar-box

nose

Intense, Complex, Generous and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Medium tannin, Balanced, Well-structured, Complex, Mature, Medium-bodied, Firm, Elegant, Silky and Hard tannins

Verdict

Sophisticated and Fine

Written Notes

Good looking double magnum size bottle.
  • 94p

Very deep on the nose and palate. Perfectly ripe fruit with toasty character, lots of nuances and beautiful length on the palate. Superbly balanced. It's a stunning Pétrus, but there's a feeling of missing final touch. This vintage is the last one, where filtration of the wine was done. Just perfect to be consumed today.

  • 94p
Deep ruby-brick colour. The sophisticated nose is medium-pronounced and restrained: bell pepper, cassis and earthy notes. The palate is medium-bodied with refreshing acidity contributing to good drinkability. Stylishly lean, long and harmonious. Drink now – 2020.
  • 91p

Information

Origin

Bordeaux, Pomerol

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Satisfactory

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Glass Time

1h

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94p
 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Pétrus 1985  ( Château Pétrus )

Very deep on the nose and palate. Perfectly ripe fruit with toasty character, lots of nuances and beautiful length on the palate. Superbly balanced. It's a stunning Pétrus, but there's a feeling of missing final touch. This vintage is the last one, where filtration of the wine was done. Just perfect to be consumed today.

5m 3d ago

91p
 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Pétrus 1985  ( Château Pétrus )

"Deep ruby-brick colour. The sophisticated nose is medium-pronounced and restrained: bell pepper, cassis and earthy notes. The palate is medium-bodied with refreshing acidity contributing to good drinkability. Stylishly lean, long and harmonious. Drink now – 2020."

1y 6m ago

91p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Pétrus 1985  ( Château Pétrus )

"Deep ruby-brick colour. The sophisticated nose is medium-pronounced and restrained: bell pepper, cassis and earthy notes. The palate is medium-bodied with refreshing acidity contributing to good drinkability. Stylishly lean, long and harmonious. Drink now – 2020."

4y 4m ago

94p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Pétrus 1985  ( Château Pétrus )

"From the Bolkesjø collection. In the neck fill.Bright ruby, perfumed, roses, violets, leather, rich of anise and blueberries beneath. Transparent, feels light on its feet even if quite intense. Complex. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, richer palate, some coffee and white chocolate in the long finish. "

4y 4m ago

93p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Pétrus 1985  ( Château Pétrus )

"The 1985 Petrus was a horse race with the 1986, literally, as horse and animal was the first thing I noticed in its nose. There was also deep forest and noticeable t ‘n a there. The palate was rich with olive and chocolate flavors, along with tangy bing cherry and game. This was still zippy, more so than most ‘85s, and it also had some bakery sweet bread flavors develop. There was a sweatiness that stayed with the 1985, and I preferred it ever so slightly to the 1986 ."

4y 6m ago

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