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.
2007 A vintage of challenges, with a very warm spring, a wet and cool summer and a beautiful month of September.
The early maturing terroirs appear to have an advantage. A reminder of the Mark Twain definition: “Climate is what you expect, Weather is what you get”.
2006 A vintage contrasted by an uneven summer with mixed results. An early, sunny and successful harvest for the Merlots.
2005 A vintage blessed by the gods. A superb summer, dry and hot, but not excessively so. Ideal harvest.
A general success for all the varietals and all the appellations.
2004 A rather successful vintage. The wines lack a bit of charm but their fine constitution makes them a bottle to keep.
2003 A vintage of climatic excesses. Some grapes were sun-burned, creating atypical wines.
Attentive and cautious wine growers succeeded in producing rich wines with great promise.
A particular success in Médoc and for the clay soils of Pomerol.
2002 A difficult climate allowed for the production of easily accessible wines which can be drunk young.
2001 A classic year under estimated after the fanfares of 2000.
The wines are remarkably balanced and already delicious.
2000 A banner year. Great, powerful, structured wines which are worth the wait.
1999 A year without excess. A beautiful abundant harvest having produced wines relatively easy to drink now.
1998 A particular success for the Right Bank thanks to sunny harvests after a very beautiful summer, some very great wines.
Personal comments by Christian Moueix