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A case of Chateau Petrus 1990 fetched $45,938 and 12 bottles of the same producer’s 1989 vintage sold for $42,875 to lead a Sotheby’s wine auction in New York dominated by buyers from North and South America.

The auction shows renewed buyer appetite for older Bordeaux vintages and rare Burgundies following price declines for younger wines, particularly first-growth claret. The Liv-ex 100 Fine Wine Index has retreated for 14 consecutive months, resulting in a 13 percent drop since March 2013.

Both top lots went to a Latin American buyer while nine bottles of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982 Bordeaux sold for $27,563 to a U.S. trade client, according to an e-mailed statement from Sotheby’s. Six magnums of La Tache 1998 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Burgundy sold for $24,500 while a single bottle of Romanee-Conti 1990 DRC fetched $19,600.

The sales reflect “really strong prices for the best producers and best domaines in Burgundy,” Duncan Sterling, head of New York wine auctions at Sotheby’s, said in a phone interview. “The American market is looking healthy.”

Petrus 1990 more than tripled in price on the London-based Liv-ex online wine exchange from 2005 to 2011, reaching 36,000 pounds ($61,000) a case in May 2011 at the height of the bull market for Bordeaux before retreating to 31,728 pounds last July.

Collectors have shunned the three most recent Bordeaux vintages, deterred by high prices and poor weather that harmed the crop during the growing season.

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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 1990

A hailed vintage together with 1989. They were very similar but the hot period that hit in 1989 on July was in 1990 on August.
This affected on lower acidity levels in grapes on 1990 vintage. The wines are rounder and seem to mature more rapidly than 1989 vintage.

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


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Average Bottle Price

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000 1995
3 450€ +11.7% 3 090€ +42.4% 2 170€ -23.7% 2 843€ -18.5% 3 487€ +26.5% 2 756€ -8.2% 3 002€ +14.1% 2 632€ +83.8% 1 432€ +81.5% 789€ +14.8% 687€

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.

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22 tasting notes

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Violet, Smoky and Truffles






Well-structured, Complex, Full-bodied, Round, Rich, Ripe and Silky tannins

Written Notes

There were two flights to go, and this next flight was a championship one, beginning with a glorious 1990 Petrus. This was a fruity and sexy Petrus, a veritable red, black and purple ménage a trois in its tropical nose. Cedar and pomegranate emerged to add secondary complexity. The palate was decadent and tasty; its opulence was spilling out of the glass, but its cedar and structure provided foundation and backbone. There was jam on this toasty, gamy and exciting wine. While 1989 has historically stolen the thunder from the 1990, this was one of the best 1990s I can remember
  • 97p

This is a magnificent wine. Red and black fruit on the nose, it opens awash in licorice and minerals, some strawberries, and sumptuous velvet on the mid palate. Plums and dark cherries, polished silky tannins, layered Merlot sumptuousness, flowers and brown sugar, refined and yet lush at the same time. It evokes the audible appreciation we heard from around the room. You then get more savory fruit, so velvety and seamless, earthy and yet ebullient, some figs and then a just brilliant cascading finale that invites and merits enthusiastic affirmation. 97 Points

  • 97p
Petrus 1990 / Deep developing dark red colour. Rich and pronounced licorice nose with red berry freshness, dust and bell pepper. Fascinating spectrum of aromas and positive development in the glass. Also the palate drinks perfectly today: fresh and firm with voluptuous fruitiness and a substantial finish. Benchmark Pétrus. Drink within the next 15 years. 96 points
  • 96p
Deep developing dark red colour. Rich and pronounced licorice nose with red berry freshness, dust and bell pepper. Fascinating spectrum of aromas and positive development in the glass. Rich wine on palate with firm ripe tannins, ripe cassis and plums with blueberries, elegant touch of oak with vanilla, licorice and chocolate flavours. Also the palate drinks perfectly today: fresh and firm with voluptuous fruitiness and a substantial finish. Benchmark Pétrus. Drink within the next 15 years.
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Inside Information

Wine Advocate #183
Jun 2009
Robert M. Parker, Jr. 100 Drink: 2014 - 2054 $3916-$9757
The 1990 Petrus remains incredibly young, one of the least evolved wines of the vintage (along with Montrose and Beausejour-Duffau). This dense ruby/purple-colored effort is beginning to hint at the massive richness and full-bodied intensity lurking beneath its wall of tannin. The vintage’s sweetness, low acidity, and velvety tannins are present in abundance, and the wine is massive in the mouth as well as incredibly pure and well-delineated. I thought it would be drinkable by now, but it appears another 5-10 years will pass before it begins to reach its plateau of maturity. This wine is capable of lasting at least four more decades. An incredible achievement! Release price: ($5000.00/case)
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