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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.
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.
This property made famous by Madame Edmond Loubat and then by Monsieur Jean-Pierre Moueix, culminates at 130 feet on the plateau of Pomerol. Ets Jean-Pierre Moueix is responsible for the cultivation, vinification and aging as well as the export distribution of Petrus wines.
During the first half of the 1940s, wine was produced in the middle of a world conflagration. Even though the occupying force set the terms for selling wine, they still respected the winemakers’ work by paying for the wine they drank, instead of simply confiscating it. This had a positive influence on the winemakers' desire to produce wine during wartime. And even though wartime vintages are not very highly acclaimed, they were in actual fact comparatively good, both in terms of red and white wines. Unfortunately few have stood the test of time after decades in storage. One of the best wine from the war years that is still drinkable is the Château Pétrus 1943.
The growing season in 1943 got off to a rip-roaring start, when the germination phase was already over at the beginning of June. This was followed by a dry, hot summer, which generally ensures excellent weather conditions. The relatively small crop was harvested in perfect weather, thus making for a truly outstanding year. The year turned out even better for the Pomerol and Saint-Émilion regions. Médoc wines are characteristically very tannic, but they all too often lack intensity and nuance. Due to the small production lots, these wines are now extremely hard to come by.