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  • Producer ranking ?

    34
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    2025-2040
  • Food Pairing

    Duck Breast & Lentil and Parsnip Salad

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“It is hard to call Petrus a “sleeper of the vintage,” but the 2008 will merit more attention than most consumers would think. Low yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare resulted in only 25,000 bottles of this beauty. A wine of great intensity (possibly the most concentrated wine of the vintage), this 100% Merlot boasts a dark purple color as well as a sweet perfume of mocha, caramel, black cherries, black currants, earth and forest floor. Deep, unctuously textured, full-bodied and pure, it will benefit from 4-5 years of cellaring and should drink well for 25-30+ years.” -Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (97 Points)

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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

2008 Patience and perseverance were needed, with a wet and late start, an average summer, but a wonderful indian summer allowing a perfect maturity. Some exceptionnal viticultural successes.

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Average Bottle Price

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
1 965€ +4.0% 1 890€ +25.6% 1 505€ -24.0% 1 980€ -10.8% 2 219€ -5.3% 2 344€ -16.0% 2 790€

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.

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There's so much floral and berry character on the nose and palate here. It's full-bodied and very dense with lots of fine and delicate tannins. Winemaker Ol iver Berrouet calls it a classic Bordeaux in style and I have to agree with him because of the fine tannins, fresh acidity, and beautiful reserve fruit. Lovely sweet berry and chocolate finish to the wine. Try in in five to six years.

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This vintage has an attractive perfume of violets, sweet ripe plums and spice like cinnamon and nutmeg. The wine first enters quite gently, but the flavors start to unfold on the mid palate along with firm, ripe tannins. There is immense vivacity and focus here with the intense flavors and dense tannins providing an interplay of power and finesse. The wine rises like a crescendo and leaves a sweet note in its long finish. Youthful and densely layered, this wine is still in its nascent stage and will offer so much more in 6 to 8 years time.

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This wine didn't make the headlines at all in April 2008. Rather subdued and oaky. I guess adding press wine will do Petrus 2007 a really great favor. I didn't have a chance to retaste this wine yet - maybe retasting would give much better TNs.

Ruby. Somewhat deep but equally pure, blueberries and floral. Extremelly layered nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, almost creamy texture, yet nuanced. Again somewhat light body with intense flavours that easilly escapes you. Superb length.
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Origin

Bordeaux, Pomerol

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

Drinking temperature

18

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Inside Information

Wine Advocate #182
Apr 2009
Robert M. Parker, Jr. (98-100) Drink: N/A $2084-$3000
The 2008 is destined to be one of the greatest Petrus’s ever made, ranking alongside the 1989, 1990, 1998, and 2000, and even eclipsing the 2005. An inky/red/purple color accompanies an unevolved, but promising nose of sweet red and black fruits intermixed with hints of earth, spice box, and caramel. It possesses a formidable personality of great intensity, awesome texture, amazingly well-integrated sweet tannin, and a freshness and precision that are hallmarks of this vintage. Given the tiny production, there will not be much of this sensational wine. Like most recent Petrus vintages, a decade of patience will be required despite the sweetness of the tannin. It should evolve for at least 50 years.

Like the other top Moueix Pomerol properties, especially such top terroirs as Trotanoy, La Fleur Petrus, Hosanna, and La Providence, yields at Petrus were 28 hectoliters per hectare. This vineyard was harvested much like the proprietors of Yquem pick grapes, waiting for perfect maturity and selecting grape bunches as opposed to sending a team in and harvesting until the entire vineyard is picked. Petrus was harvested on six different days, September 29, October 1, 4, 7, 10, and 12.
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