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  • Country ranking ?

    27
  • Producer ranking ?

    5
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    None

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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Average Bottle Price

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005
3 098€ -9.8% 3 433€ +19.9% 2 863€ -16.5% 3 429€ +14.8% 2 987€ +114.9% 1 390€

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

21 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full and Ruby red

ending

Long and Spicy

flavors

Violet, Smoky and Truffles

nose

Ripe and Generous

recommend

Yes

taste

Well-structured, Complex, Medium-bodied, Rich and Ripe

Written Notes

‘Humdinger, Part 2,’ was next, that being the 1989 Petrus.  While half the tasters preferred the HB, one-third preferred the Petrus, including me.  The Mogul found it ‘opulent,’ and it most certainly was.  This was another decadent wine, but in that Pomerol way, textbook in every sense with its purple fruit, heavy cream and chocolate kisses.  As good as it gets, and btw, the 1990 is not in the same category, sorry (99).

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While being an excellent vintage, this year had many challenges. The vines were very much rushing their growth cycle. After April the growth was already three weeks ahead of normal. Early flowering occurred in very favourable conditions and guaranteed a large crop. The summer turned out be the hottest since 1949. The harvest started already at the end of August, being the earliest harvest since 1893. The hot weather caused some problems for reaching the optimum physiological ripeness. Simultaneously when the acidity levels started to decline, the sugar levels skyrocketed. This was a more common problem on right bank. Nevertheless Pétrus turned out to be a success with its edgy austere character. An opaque, intense ruby colour. Very intense, ripe dark berry nose with spice, truffle and floral tones. Rich medium-bodied palate shows very ripe dark fruit character, moderate acidity and chocolate tones with mineral spiciness. Powerful tannic structure takes a hold on a long concentrated finish. An immense concentration and great balance guarantees that this still youthful wine benefits from further aging for ten years or more.
  • 99p

A wolf in sheep's clothing. No sign of age in this wine. Extremely sophisticated and incredibly promising. Very complex and with enormous length on the palate. Let it rest horizontally for 10-15 years more.

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Information

Origin

Bordeaux, Pomerol

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Satisfactory

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

There is a possibility

Glass time

2h

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Pétrus 1989  ( Château Pétrus )

‘Humdinger, Part 2,’ was next, that being the 1989 Petrus.  While half the tasters preferred the HB, one-third preferred the Petrus, including me.  The Mogul found it ‘opulent,’ and it most certainly was.  This was another decadent wine, but in that Pomerol way, textbook in every sense with its purple fruit, heavy cream and chocolate kisses.  As good as it gets, and btw, the 1990 is not in the same category, sorry (99).

28d 3h ago

99p
 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Pétrus 1989  ( Château Pétrus )

A wolf in sheep's clothing. No sign of age in this wine. Extremely sophisticated and incredibly promising. Very complex and with enormous length on the palate. Let it rest horizontally for 10-15 years more.

8m 5h ago

94p
 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Pétrus 1989  ( Château Pétrus )

An often spellbinding wine, this seems to be going through a dormant phase at current. It was strangely muted, even on the nose. You got some red berries, truffles and earthiness. It opened with appealing sweetness, silky and lush in texture, nicely concentrated fruit. Past the mid palate plums and flowers, well rounded, but where before you got incredible, layered, enticing harmony and complexity on a reverberating finish, you felt its wings were slightly clipped on this evening, as if it had gone to ground, to gather itself for the next stage of its evolution, which I’m sure is coming. All the elements were still there, still humming overall, but muted. For a wine I’ve given a nigh perfect score to in the past, this was several points off from that this evening. 94

8m 16d ago

99p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Pétrus 1989  ( Château Pétrus )

"While being an excellent vintage, this year had many challenges. The vines were very much rushing their growth cycle. After April the growth was already three weeks ahead of normal. Early flowering occurred in very favourable conditions and guaranteed a large crop. The summer turned out be the hottest since 1949. The harvest started already at the end of August, being the earliest harvest since 1893. The hot weather caused some problems for reaching the optimum physiological ripeness. Simultaneously when the acidity levels started to decline, the sugar levels skyrocketed. This was a more common problem on right bank. Nevertheless Pétrus turned out to be a success with its edgy austere character.
An opaque, intense ruby colour. Very intense, ripe dark berry nose with spice, truffle and floral tones. Rich medium-bodied palate shows very ripe dark fruit character, moderate acidity and chocolate tones with mineral spiciness. Powerful tannic structure takes a hold on a long concentrated finish. An immense concentration and great balance guarantees that this still youthful wine benefits from further aging for ten years or more.
"

1y 8m ago

94p
 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Pétrus 1989  ( Château Pétrus )

"Deep garnet colour. Soft, plummy dark fruit nose with medicinal tones. The firm palate has some restraint and a tight stylish tannic structure. Elegant and intensely fruity, ready to reach its peak in the next 5 to 10 years. Complex with an elegant refreshing acidity and long lasting finish. "

1y 9m ago

100p
 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Pétrus 1989  ( Château Pétrus )

""A spectacular bottle of 1989. Nose of herbs, tar, malt. Creamy palate, densely textured, smoke, lots of fruit left. Unbelievably fine and elegant.""

2y 5m ago

99p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Pétrus 1989  ( Château Pétrus )

"Although it wasn’t universally accepted as such, the 1989 Petrus was my wine of the night. Look, I get the Lafite being the best wine at that time on that night, but that doesn’t necessarily make it the best wine. The 1989 Petrus will go down as one of the Big John Studd wines of all-time. We’re talking Secretariat on his farm, wearing his wreaths the year after he won the Triple Crown, collecting checks for filling the fillies. Yeah, that kind of good. Its nose was Deep Purple, as in the fruit and the rock stars. Big, rich and creamy, this wasn’t rich, this was wealthy. Its acidity could not be denied as the longest and strongest, and anise added just the right amount of kink. Of course, The Inspector was the one who couldn’t deal with this young behemoth, even though I know he is a secret Bordeaux lover lol (99)."

3y 7m ago

99p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Pétrus 1989  ( Château Pétrus )

"What might likely be paired with the two prior wines? Yes, the 1989 Petrus. As good as the Lafleur was, the Petrus smoked it, it was so good and so wow with loads of plum, coffee and chocolate along with earth and the goodness of what milk bones might be if I were a dog. It had enough t ‘n a for an entire chorus line; the 1989 Petrus will always be one singular sensation (99). (PIC –)"

4y 4m ago

98p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Pétrus 1989  ( Château Pétrus )

"Deep garnet colour. Soft, plummy dark fruit nose with black olives, truffles, violets and also medicinal tones. The firm palate has some restraint and a firm chewy tannins, and lovely cassis and spicy vanilla flavours. Elegant and intensely fruity, ready to reach its peak in the next 5 to 10 years. Complex with an elegant refreshing acidity and long lasting finish. "

4y 7m ago

98p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Pétrus 1989  ( Château Pétrus )

"Well, the 1989 Petrus did it again. As good as the 1990 was, the 1989 was again better, even though this was more of a photo finish than I remember the other four or five times I have had these wines together. The 1989 had more acidity and zip; it came across broader and deeper, with more earth and length. It wasn’t opulent like the 1990, but its chocolate, yeast, cedar and black fruits were indubitably great. This remains one of the greatest young wines in the world today, and yes, twenty-three years old is young for great wine"

4y 9m ago

99p
 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Pétrus 1989  ( Château Pétrus )

"Gorgeour 1959 La Mission Haut-Brion. First, I would like to correct a common misconception: Château La Mission Haut-Brion is not now, nor has it ever been, the number two wine from Château Haut-Brion; in fact, the two estates were never even under the same ownership until the Dillons acquired it in 1983.The 1959 is not far behind the 1961 in quality. It has provided enjoyment for a long time and will continue to do so for a good many years."

4y 9m ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Pétrus 1989  ( Château Pétrus )

"It wouldn˙t be an appropriate top ten list without one vintage of Petrus, and while there are many great vintages of Petrus that can flirt with this score, I find myself going back to 1989 more than any other vintage. It remains the reference point, great young Petrus for me. I am looking forward to an historical vertical of Petrus back to 1945 to be held later this year. "

4y 9m ago

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