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  • Country ranking ?

    554
  • Producer ranking ?

    20
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb with aubergines

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate / This wine has been seemingly fully mature since the mid- to late seventies. It is a seductive, opulent vintage for Petrus. The color now is a dark garnet with considerable amber at the rim. The incredible nose of Christmas fruitcake intermixed with mocha, jammy kirsch, and black currants is followed by a silky textured, full-bodied, very opulent wine that is still totally intact. The tannins have totally dissipated, and the wine is an unctuous, seductive Petrus that is certainly one of the vintages that is most delicious and compelling. A sensational wine and probably the wine of the vintage.

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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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Average Bottle Price

2018 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005
2 780€ +39.8% 1 989€ +38.4% 1 437€ +3.4% 1 390€ -16.0% 1 654€ +39.0% 1 190€ +22.6% 971€

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

38 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep, Cherry Red and Healthy

ending

Long, Lingering, Extensive and Neutral

flavors

Blackberry, Tobacco, Blackcurrant, Licorice, Vanilla and Cherry

nose

Open, Pure, Ripe and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Balanced, Concentrated, Good texture, Developing, Medium-bodied, Firm, Harmonious, Rich and Silky tannins

Verdict

Outstanding and Transparent

Written Notes

The 1971 Petrus was ‘the same as last night’s bottle’ (last night was the Wine Workshop’s 1971 Dinner, btw).  I couldn’t fish the note out from that, but the Petrus was richer and more decadent than the Trot.  Even Jetski was impressed.  It is pretty rare that anything similar can top a Petrus, even when owned and run by the same family (97M).

  • 97p

971 Petrus war wieder in absoluter Topform. Das war einfach Hedonismus pur, so sinnlich und verführerisch mit verschwenderischer Süße. Ein großer, perfekter Petrus mit großartiger Struktur, so dass man hier von präziser Opulenz sprechen müsste. Aber Worte können diesem atemberaubenden Petrus kaum gerecht werden, WT100 ohne Wenn und Aber

  • 100p

Perfumed red fruit, flowers and sage on the ravishing bouquet. Sheer velvet on the palate opening, evidencing ever greater complexity with the dish. A hint more of rusticity is evident, but then the overall harmony asserts itself again just past the mid palate. Soft, spicy red fruit flavors, with a touch of cinnamon embrace the palate. Texturally brilliant, with spicy red fruit on the vital, elegant finale. 96 Points+

  • 96p

"This rich, fresh monster was fabulous. My only criticism is that serving it as the twelfth wine in a dinner line-up was not giving us the treat of enjoying it when our taste buds were at their freshest. It had the life, sap and savour that the 1975, glorious as it was, lacked. I think this wine may just go on and on and on. Surely the best 1971 known to wine-drinking man? Or woman. 20/20 points  (07/2014)

  • 100p
This is my favourite vintage of Pétrus. The third time out of a magnum from the same cellar. A great Pomerol combining power with complexity and elegance.
  • 99p
Deep brownish garnet colour. Toasty, sweet, dried fruit nose full of paprika, salted licorice and dark berries. Powerful yet super smooth palate with the highest tannic grip so far. Full and round fruity taste which charms with its balance and elegance. Peaking now but the wine will keep for 10 to 15 more years due to the great harmony.
  • 93p
Deep brownish garnet colour. Endless complexity on the nose – toasty, sweet, dried fruit nose full of paprika, salted licorice, chocolate, walnuts, hint of black truffles, violets, and dark berries. Powerful yet super smooth even silky palate with the highest tannic grip so far. Full and round fruity taste which charms with its balance and elegance. Peaking now but the wine will keep for 10 to 15 more years due to the great harmony.
  • 94p
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Information

Origin

Bordeaux, Pomerol

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Satisfactory

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Glass time

1h

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