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  • Country ranking ?

    3 977
  • Producer ranking ?

    52
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Grilled Rack of Lamb with Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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 1988

Little known 50 years ago, this château has seen the rise of a myth about the uniqueness of its wine. The wine’s inimatibility is due to many factors, first of all, an exceptional terroir - 40 meters above sea level, the highest point of the appellation - with a layer of heavy clay soil and an iron subsoil. These are ideal conditions for the expression of the Merlot grape. With such a special terroir, the approach in the vineyard and cellar is traditional and respectful.
The work done in the vineyard is fastidious - severe pruning in the winter, regular ploughing, crop-thinning, de-leafing, manicuring the clusters in the summer - and allows the perfect ripening of the fruit.

The grape are manually harvested within two afternoons and sorted before crush.
Fermentation is carried out gently, without any overextraction, in temperature-controlled concrete tanks. The blend, very often pure Merlot, is defined in December and the young wine is aged in 100% new oak barrels.
PETRUS displays an intense color, a rich and complex nose and an opulent fruit. In great vintages, the wine can easily be kept 25 years or more.

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Tasting note

taste

Complex and Elegant

Written Notes

If there was one vintage that arguably could have been in another flight, it would have been the 1988 Petrus. The Hedonist joked that this was an ‘English vintage, tight ass.’ Roman observed, ‘hazelnut and almond,’ and I also found exotic qualities of cinnamon and red fruits. It was rich, tasty and had the best acidity of the first flight. Cereal flavors rounded out the palate, which lost a step in the glass in time
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Deep developing ruby red colour. Roasted earthy nose with plums, paprika, minerals and spiciness. The palate is attractively silky and substantially voluminous. However, it lacks some back bone and freshness. Drinks perfectly today and in the next 5 to 10 years.
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Deep developing ruby red colour. Open roasted earthy nose with plums, cassis, cedar, paprika, minerals and spiciness with rubber notes. The palate is attractively silky and substantially voluminous. However, it lacks some back bone and freshness leaving a bit harsh finish. Drinks perfectly today and in the next 5 to 10 years.
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Information

Origin

Bordeaux, Pomerol

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

1h

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 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Pétrus 1988  ( Château Pétrus )

"Deep developing ruby red colour. Roasted earthy nose with plums, paprika, minerals and spiciness. The palate is attractively silky and substantially voluminous. However, it lacks some back bone and freshness. Drinks perfectly today and in the next 5 to 10 years."

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 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Pétrus 1988  ( Château Pétrus )

"Deep developing ruby red colour. Open roasted earthy nose with plums, cassis, cedar, paprika, minerals and spiciness with rubber notes. The palate is attractively silky and substantially voluminous. However, it lacks some back bone and freshness leaving a bit harsh finish. Drinks perfectly today and in the next 5 to 10 years."

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Pétrus 1988  ( Château Pétrus )

"If there was one vintage that arguably could have been in another flight, it would have been the 1988 Petrus. The Hedonist joked that this was an ‘English vintage, tight ass.’ Roman observed, ‘hazelnut and almond,’ and I also found exotic qualities of cinnamon and red fruits. It was rich, tasty and had the best acidity of the first flight. Cereal flavors rounded out the palate, which lost a step in the glass in time "

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