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  • Country ranking ?

    789
  • Producer ranking ?

    31
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Wagyu Steak with Volcano Salt and Creole Sauce

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Winner of the large FINE's Pétrus tasting - left behind this time vintages like 1952, 1949, 1945 and 1961.

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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.

 

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.

 

 

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Wine Information

Château Pétrus 1959 / Although the vintage was abundant, the frost that had killed two thirds of vines in Pétrus vineyards on 1956 caused that the yield was very low.



 

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Average Bottle Price

2018 2015 2014 2013 2011 2010 2005 2000
3 280€ +19.1% 2 755€ +18.3% 2 328€ +2.9% 2 263€ -10.2% 2 521€ -5.2% 2 659€ +119.6% 1 211€ +85.2% 654€

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

23 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full, Brick red and Healthy

ending

Long, Pure and Smooth

flavors

Cedar, Blackberry, Pepper, Vanilla, Coffee and Smoky

nose

Intense, Ripe, Refined and Opulent

recommend

Yes

taste

Warming, Medium tannin, Well-structured, Perfectly balanced, Concentrated, Medium-bodied, Rich, Elegant, Fresh and Sweet

Verdict

Transparent and Sophisticated

Written Notes

The 1959 Petrus was packed with that signature, black olive nose. It had great wheat grains and truly seductive aromas of plum and chocolate with a bit of tomato and mesquite. The palate was on the red side with cherry, citrus tang and dust. It got better with more delicious chocolaty flavors. This was another exceptional Petrus (96).

  • 96p
“The Tb tips of the day. Sometimes you might feel a bit unfortunate when you find your Petrus 1959 Magnum leaking at your wine cellar. If you are lucky it still might be drinkable or like today, it was too oxidated. No worries, just use it as consommé with game stew, and you can still enjoy it, the whole magnum. 98 points”
  • 93p

The 1959 Petrus is a wine that I have been fortunate to taste on three occasions, the first in 2005 spellbinding and the second, at the Hof van Cleve restaurant in Belgium, not quite in the same league. This third comes from a magnum of impeccable provenance served in Bordeaux, though perversely on the Left Bank, not Right. One must remember that this was just three years after the vineyard had been devastated by frost, Mme. Loubat opting to whittle vines down to stump instead of replanting, a risky strategy that worked. It has a quite brilliant bouquet with vibrant red fruit, hints of those Chanterelle fungi that I remarked on before, veins of peppermint developing with aeration. It glistens brightly for 25-30 minutes before remembering its age and fading a little. The palate is beautifully balanced with shimmering red fruit, crushed strawberry and cranberry, a little sous-bois and hung game towards the rustic but compelling finish. It is a fabulous wine, not perfect, but testament to the fortitude of the indefatigable Mme. Loubat. Tasted in Bordeaux at a private dinner.

  • 95p

A fair “fight” between these two, you have sweet red berries and mushrooms on the transfixing nose. It opens with sumptuous red fruit leavened with refined acidity, berries and then notes of caramel almost. It fills out with black fruit and coffee at and past the mid palate. Brilliantly silky, bright and quite opulent, truffles, more black cherries, some cinnamon, texturally enticing, velvety, nicely contoured, exotically attractive, some notes of coconut among the beautiful sweet core of fruit, on a gorgeous, elegant, concentrated, lingering finish. 96 Points++

  • 96p
This Lafite bottling was in a relatively good form with some delicate complexity on the nose, savoury notes, roasted smoky aromas and leather. The palate has accentuated acidity and the fruit is losing its intensity. Tight and firm palate that is alive but will no longer improve. Drink within the next 5 years.
  • 89p
magnum bottle... but leaked... after 2h of breathing it was actually drinkable... :D very smooth stuff... my first Petrus. :)
  • 86p
This Lafite bottling was in a relatively good form with some delicate complexity on the nose, savoury notes, roasted smoky aromas and leather. The palate has accentuated acidity and the fruit is losing its intensity. Tight and firm palate that is alive but will no longer improve. Drink within the next 5 years.
  • 88p
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Information

Origin

Bordeaux, Pomerol

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

Too Risky

Glass time

1h

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