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    1 315
  • Producer ranking ?

    58
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Grilled Beef Medallions served over Corn Pie Puree

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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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Château Pétrus

Christian Mouiex has a problem that many of the world's winemakers would love to be burdened with. The demand for his wines is so huge that collectors are prepared to pay almost anything to get even one bottle. The high price leads to high quality expectations. This often means disappointment, because just like the other top wines of the world, Pétrus is often drunk much too young, when its taste is still raw and undeveloped. Pétrus requires at least 20 years to mature.
Pétrus' fame is to a large extent attributable to Madame Edmond Loubat. She bought the estate piecemeal between 1925 and 1945. Madame Loubat had strong faith in the quality of her wines and asked higher prices than any other producer in Pomerol. Jean-Pierre Mouiex was the perfect partner for her. Mouiex was a négociant from Libourne and owned some properties himself. Mouiex was successful in marketing Pétrus and catapulted it into global fame. When Madame Loubat died in 1961, Mouiex became part-owner in Pétrus. Today, the Mouiex family owns most of it. The son of Jean-Pierre Mouiex, Christian, has been responsible for winemaking at Pétrus since 1970, supported by Jean-Claude Berrouet.
The myth surrounding the Pétrus vineyard is firstly due to its unique terroir (a bump located at 40 meters high on the famous terrace of Pomerol, made of deep clay lying on iron pan) on which Merlot grape variety expresses itself exceptionally and resists naturally to the climatic variation. The grapes are picked only in the afternoon, when the morning dew has evaporated, so as not to risk even the slightest dilution of quality.
Drinking Pétrus may be an unforgettable experience. I have been lucky to have the opportunity to taste most of its great vintages. That is why wine enthusiasts often come to me for advice. First, I 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, I 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.


Soil: dark clay
Production area: 12ha
Grape varieties: 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
Average age of vines: 42-45 years
Harvest method: hand picked
Winemaking: fermentations take place in thermo-regulated concrete tanks
Ageing: 100% new oak barrels for 18-20 months

info@jpmoueix.com
www.moueix.com

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

21 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium and Ruby red

ending

Long, Extensive and Lingering

flavors

Earthy, Blackcurrant, Pepper, Coffee, Toasty and Cigar-box

nose

Intense, Complex, Generous and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Medium tannin, Balanced, Well-structured, Complex, Mature, Medium-bodied, Firm, Elegant, Silky and Hard tannins

Verdict

Sophisticated and Fine

Written Notes

We began our parade of Petrus with the 1985 Petrus, which was full of green olive goodness and black fruit. There was some foresty fun, minerals and a touch of black cherry on its open, creamy palate. The fruits were mainly black and purple, but very dusty. The Ambassador thought this vintage was ‘much better in Methuselah,’ and he proceeded to cut off all financial aid to those who only brought bottles (93).

  • 93p

The 1985 Petrus has always been an underwhelming wine in my opinion, one of the few vintages whereby Petrus dropped the ball. Unlike 1986, 1985 was a great year for Right Bank château as attested by both Lafleur and Le Pin. The best adjective to describe the nose is “staid”. It just lacks brightness and animation. Where is the joie-de-vivre? The palate is balanced with a fine bead of acidity, yet it is a Petrus that tries , but finds it difficult to get out of second gear, ergo there is a sense of flatness. Dare I say that this is an “ordinary” Pomerol. Tasted at the Petrus dinner at the Épure restaurant in Hong Kong.

  • 88p

Magnum kindly given to me to commemorate his father by Edmund Penning-Rowsell Jr. Shared to celebrate E P-R's centenary.
Dark vibrant blackish ruby. Heady and immediately glamorous nose. Straight from the magnum a bit austere though with no shortage of density. Briary. Not as luscious and sweet and many Petrus vintages are but utterly in character for E P-R. I suspect he would have approved of this rather Medocain rendition. Impressive on the finish. Needs to open out a bit.
Two hours later from the decanter: Gloriously rich and expansive and much more typically Petrus. A very rewarding Pomerol with a combination of sweetness and lifted leafiness. Not the most opulent vintage but extremely satisfying. Note the alcohol level.

  • 93p

Another wine where my experience continues to be at variance with some mainstream critical assessments. This wine was a sheer delight. Flowers, plums and berries on the nose. A vital palate opening, full of energy and a fine bead of acidity. All the elements flare forth with such dynamism at the mid palate, that there is almost a delightful playfulness to the wine. Silky, rounded, and delightfully sweet, and yet with lovely balance on the memorable finish. 97 Points

  • 97p

The nose is classically Pétrus and also beautifully concentrated due to the fact that only half the crop made the selection for this wine. One of the best wines of the vintage. Fruity, with aromas of liquorice, mocha and truffles on the nose. Flavours of cherry, cassis and a touch of minerality on the palate. A classical long finish.

  • 95p

Very deep on the nose and palate. Perfectly ripe fruit with toasty character, lots of nuances and beautiful length on the palate. Superbly balanced. It's a stunning Pétrus, but there's a feeling of missing final touch. This vintage is the last one, where filtration of the wine was done. Just perfect to be consumed today.

  • 94p
Deep ruby-brick colour. The sophisticated nose is medium-pronounced and restrained: bell pepper, cassis and earthy notes. The palate is medium-bodied with refreshing acidity contributing to good drinkability. Stylishly lean, long and harmonious. Drink now – 2020.
  • 91p
From the Bolkesjø collection. In the neck fill.Bright ruby, perfumed, roses, violets, leather, rich of anise and blueberries beneath. Transparent, feels light on its feet even if quite intense. Complex. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, richer palate, some coffee and white chocolate in the long finish.
  • 94p
Deep ruby-brick colour. The sophisticated nose is medium-pronounced and restrained: bell pepper, cassis and earthy notes. The palate is medium-bodied with refreshing acidity contributing to good drinkability. Stylishly lean, long and harmonious. Drink now – 2020.
  • 91p
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Origin

Bordeaux, Pomerol

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Glass time

1h

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