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  • Country ranking ?

    739
  • Producer ranking ?

    29
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Duck Confit with a Merlot Sauce

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Parker 100 point:

Talk about a thrill a second, as well as unprecedented decadence (at least for me), consider the rarity of a flight of six double magnums of Petrus! Because there were not many people at the tasting, there was the possibility of having several large glasses of these wines, making judging them all the more fun. And let's not forget the medical benefit of flushing the fat out of one's arteries with such remarkable juice! The 1970 Petrus has hit its peak of perfection. In the last 4-5 years, it has shed much of its tannin yet remains a young, full-bodied, blockbuster style of Petrus. Extremely concentrated and thick, with layers of mocha-tinged, berry, and black-cherry fruit presented in an enormously-endowed, viscously-textured, alcoholic, full-bodied format, this wine should remain at its plateau for another 20-25 years. 

The notes for this wine are taken from the description of Series IV - Flight B of the 1995 tasting conducted in Munich by Helga and Hardy Rodenstock. Many years after the tasting from which this note derives allegations were made concerning the authenticity of old and rare bottles of wine sold by Hardy Rodenstock to collectors around the world. The matter has been the subject of numerous articles, litigation and at least one book. Mr. Parker believes that the wines served to him at this tasting were authentic so this note and the others from that specific tasting continue to be posted on eRobertParker.com.

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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

1995 Already over ten years of age, the true Bordeaux classic, allying elegance and nobility.
Great wines are worth the wait. The others are delicious to drink.

1990 Vintage of great heat.
Rich in alcohol and its seduction makes this vintage a favorite amongst numerous wine amateurs.

1989 A great classic vintage and very early (Pomerol harvested early September).
Slightly more austere than the 1990, it remains one of the best vintages in the 20th century.

1982 An almost perfect year. Despite their abundance, the wines have kept an infinite charm.

1975 A dry year of little quantity. Many promising hopes were dashed by a persistant astringence.
A few great successes in Pomerol.

1970 The first vintage of the Modern Times. Vine cultivation came out of decades of difficulty.
Great classic wines.

Personal comments by Christian Moueix

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Average Bottle Price

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005
2 750€ +20.6% 2 281€ +16.1% 1 965€ -1.1% 1 987€ +24.3% 1 598€ +12.5% 1 421€ -9.1% 1 564€ +3.6% 1 509€ +54.5% 977€

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

34 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep, Brick red and Bright

ending

Long, Lingering and Spicy

flavors

Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Vanilla, Voluptuous, Smoky and Meaty

nose

Intense, Complex, Opulent and Seductive

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Complex, Multi-dimensional, Well-structured, Developing, Medium-bodied, Full, Firm, Harmonious, Sweet and Silky tannins

Verdict

Well-rounded and Outstanding

Written Notes

The 1970 Petrus had a milky nose full of stems and steam. It was a bit tangy and sour and even a touch woodsy…eh…I was not particularly impressed as it finished dryly, and the tannins felt too woody. This was just an OK bottle, one that is usually much better (91A?).

  • 91p
Pétrus 1970 / Miserable looking bottle, but the level was into the neck. Mature, healthy looking colour. Very fragrant and intense nose that has hints of blackberries and vanilla oak. Extremely smooth and silky, but at the same time fantastically massive and thick, almost too good to be true. A generous wine that is very complex and harmonious. Ready of course, yet enough depth to last. A stunningly mature wine that thrilled the mind as much as the palate.
  • 97p

Pure and rich. Long. Pure and sweet. Complex and racy. Really lively and complete. A wonderful bottle of the 1970.

  • 100p

Just delightful, with a bouquet of black fruit and dried herbs. The mouth perfume as it opens on the palate, captivates. You have autumnal notes and licorice next. Lovely spice notes among the plush mulberry and black raspberry. Gentle acidity, intensity of flavor, surpassingly elegant, impeccably focused, with a long, engaging, finish that positively haunts your recall in the aftermath. 96 Points+

  • 96p
Pétrus 1970 / Deep brick red colour. Elegant, complex yet pronounced nose with bell pepper, tobacco leaf and beef stock. The big volume of mouth-drying tannin raises questions if it will ever soften. Full and alive, fruity with a charming combination of elegance and power. Drink within the next 15 years.95 points
  • 95p
Pétrus 1970 was for me a mayor disappointment. I have to admit it didn’t start well anyway, with two bad bottles, one oxidised, one corked. Actually, the third one had a lousy cork as well, but at least the wine was clean. But still, to me it seemed a bit dull, very sweet, sort of obese against the sheer finesse of the Palmer. In it’s defense I must say that because of the faulty bottles we had, the good one didn’t get much time to breathe, so maybe I am too harsh in my judgment.
  • 90p
Deep brick red colour. Elegant, complex yet pronounced nose with bell pepper, earthy tones, tobacco leaf, black truffles and beef stock. Rich and firm structured wine on palate. The big volume of mouth-drying tannin raises questions if it will ever soften. Full and alive, fruity with a charming combination of elegance and power. Drink within the next 15 years.
  • 97p
Good looking magnum size bottle.
- (Tasting note created by Tb's AI)
  • 98p
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Information

Origin

Bordeaux, Pomerol

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

Serious

Glass time

1h

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In 2014, the huge, spicy nose is as great as ever. Incredible to remember that this had only a 12-day maceration, short for Petrus. Rich and opulently-textured on the palate. Defies its age. Meaty, sweet and gummy. One half of that legendary pair of Petrus, 1970 and 1971. I wish we met more often. Serena Sutcliffe, MW WA 99

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