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  • Country ranking ?

    825
  • Producer ranking ?

    33
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Porcini Mushroom Risotto with Gorgonzola Cheese

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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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For many the 1964 vintage conjures up images of a truly unique year. It was that in Burgundy, but not Bordeaux, even though the French minister of agriculture declared it to be the vintage of the century in Bordeaux. He made his declaration before the autumn rains began to fall. The vintage was, at any rate, a very good one, quite reminiscent of the 1962, whose large crops produced excellent wines.

The mild, wet winter was followed by a warm spring. The ideal conditions enjoyed during the germination period stayed dry and hot throughout the summer. The grapes ripened beautifully all the way until 8 October, when three weeks of extremely heavy rains pushed into Bordeaux, causing the greatest damage in Médoc, primarily at Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe. Some of the region’s producers had managed to bring their entire harvests in before the rains. One of these fortunate ones was Château Latour.

One of the less fortunate was Château Lynch-Bages, which finally brought its harvest in on 24 October. This vintage, however, favoured the right bank’s Merlot-driven wines, which ripened well before the rains. There are very few drinkable wines at this time. Once again, the Cheval Blanc and Pétrus rise above the other, also in price. Other good ones are Ausone, l’Evangile, Trotanoya, Pavie and Latour. An interesting development in 1964 was Mouiex’s acquisition of shares in Pétrus

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Average Bottle Price

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005
2 787€ +45.1% 1 921€ -8.2% 2 092€ +16.3% 1 799€ +23.6% 1 455€ +12.0% 1 299€

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.

Tasting note

color

Full

ending

Long and Gentle

nose

Intense and Generous

recommend

Yes

taste

Complex and Round

Written Notes

Handsome magnum. Excellent level, wine was almost touching cork. Decanted 1,5 hours. Very impressive, youthful, vibrant colour. Open and sound nose with tobacco, exotic spices and mushrooms.
Almost too sweet and round on palate. Very gentle and harmonious Pétrus. Layers of flavours. Acidity and tannins are well integrated. Dangerously easyto drink. Lots of intense fruit underneath. After an hour in glass it became even slightly more full and tender. Has very good grip and length at the end. This is really very fine.

  • 95p

The 1964 Petrus marks the debut of maestro Jean-Claude Berrouet, fresh out of his oenological studies and straight into his first vintage. Therefore, this wine is a strong candidate for “Greatest Debut Ever”. All three bottles have been remarkable, at least the ones not corked, which sadly includes two examples over the years. It is one of the deepest Petrus wines in terms of color, its opacity indicating the concentration. The bouquet is a cornucopia of red and black fruit laced with liquorish and Indian ink, the richness evidenced by the glycerin that floods this wine. The palate is very rich and opulent, more so than say the 1959 or 1961 Petrus, very succulent and pure, vibrant and youthful with velvety tannins and profound depth. If wine were seen as say a terraced house, the 1964 Petrus is a “mansion” of flavors and nuances, touches of thyme and black truffle emerging on the finish. Well-preserved bottles will continue to amaze and leave you dumbfounded by its brilliance and the fact that it was conjured by a lad straight out of college. Tasted at the Petrus dinner at the Épure restaurant in Hong Kong.

  • 98p

Enjoyed during dinner at Domaine de Chevalier with other excellent wines in April 2014. Seemed like bottle kept under pristine conditions - youthful dark color, almost black ink, powerful, extraordinary complexity, structure, depth and length. Despite 50 years on its birth certificate already, I'm pretty sure this wine will easily live for another 50 years!! Heavenly stuff.

  • 99p
Dark brick red colour. The dark-toned nose is soft, inky, tarry and fruity. Attractive combination of smoothness and firmness. Some maturing tannin left. Medium long fruity and roasted aftertaste. Drink now – 2020.
  • 89p
Dark brick red colour. The dark-toned nose is soft, inky, tarry and fruity. Attractive combination of smoothness and firmness. Some maturing tannin left. Medium long fruity and roasted aftertaste.
  • 89p
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Information

Origin

Bordeaux, Pomerol

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

Serious

Glass time

2h

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