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    6
  • Decanting time

    5h
  • When to drink

    from 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Duck

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98-100 JEB DUNNUCK: "The 2018 Petrus is a brilliant wine that has perfection written all over it, and it’s unquestionably one of the most powerful, opulent wines in the vintage. As always, it’s 100% Merlot and offers a heavenly bouquet of cassis, smoke, earth, graphite, and beautiful liquid violets. Full-bodied, deep, and opulent on the palate, I must have written “huge wine!” three or four times in my notes, and despite all its power and richness, it’s seamless, light on its feet, and already hard to resist. Possessing terrific mid-palate depth, sweet tannins, and a finish that ranks with the greatest wines out there, Merlot or any wine for that matter, doesn’t get better. If you’re lucky enough to have a few bottles of this elixir, do your best to give bottles 7-8 years in the cellar, and I suspect it will keep for 40-50 years."

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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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The 2018 Petrus is a magnificent wine. There is not much else to say. From the very first taste, the 2018 Petrus is simply magical. Dark, sumptuous and beautifully resonant on the palate, the 2018 offers superb richness, aromatic depth and intensity. Blueberry, spice, black pepper, licorice and earthy notes open up in the glass, but it is the wine's vivid beauty and extraordinary harmony that stand out most. I don't think I have ever tasted a young Petrus with such silky, suave tannins. "We lowered the canopies and left more leaf cover to protect the fruit," Technical Director Olivier Berrouet told me. "The berries were especially small. Cuvaison was a bit longer than normal, but we chose to extract more gently."

  • 100p

100% Merlot. Barrel sample.
Black core with purple rim. First impression is a paradoxical combination of intensity and restraint. There's obviously great fruit concentration even though it is not jumping out of the glass – perhaps because it is so concentrated – but there's also a pencil-shavings mineral quality, very slightly cedary. That same beauty in restraint on the palate, bone-dry, super-fine tannins, layered and compact, almost chalky, darkest of black fruit and mineral savour. As it opens, there's a tiny, tiny, hint of violets giving scent to the palate. Even with all that restraint, it is a big, powerful wine. Very concentrated if not in the least heavy. The restraint and the tannins are the freshness. Creamy richness on the finish but still so finely dry and that floral character in the empty glass. Gorgeous in its restrained and elegant power. Perfect tailoring and leaves your mouth clean and dry. (JH)

  • 95p

Petrus 2018 / A Petrus of great dimension with a structure that gains in finesse with the passing weeks and an aromatic scope delivering spices, pepper, iris, marshmallow, violet. Alluring and shining tannins. A legendary vintage for the cru. 99 points

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Petrus 2018 - oh la la! Enormous intensity, enormous complexity, everything velvety and silky, incredible complexity, sophisticated touch, refinement, richness and breathtaking length. A true legend in making. My wine of the vintage together with some few chosen ones! 100 points

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Ruby. Scented, layered, detailed, highly scented, blueberries, seductive, stunning nose, filigree. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, smooth, creamy, detailed, layered, nuanced, elegant, refined, just goes on and on, so superbly balanced, some peppery, dark berries, minerals, stunning length. 99-100

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Deep colour. Aniseed herb garden dark cherry plum shellac aromas. Immensely concentrated densely packed wine with dark plum paneforte flavours, espresso mocha notes, fine loose knit supple and chocolaty textures, superb richness and volume, integrated acidity. Lovely tannin plume at the finish. Really lovely powerful but elegantly proportioned wine with all the elements in perfect balance. Like the 1947.

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Dark purple red colour with violet hue and almost black core. Very open nose, complex aroma, wonderful balance, ripe blackberries and dark stone fruit. subtle oak, discreet toasting aroma, hints of mild spices in the background. Elegant on the palate with sweet tannins, excellent concentration, gentle extraction, excellent depth and length, a wonderful "textbook" Pétrus. 

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Bordeaux, Pomerol

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100 JAMES SUCKLING: "This wine leaves me speechless. It has so much intensity and density with fantastic ripe fruit with spices, dark berries and walnuts and hazelnuts Currants and licorice. Violets and earth. Full-bodied, very, very tannic yet polished and beautiful. Lasts forever on the palate. Reminds me of the great 1998."

98-100 THE WINEADVOCATE: "Very deep purple-black colored, the 2018 Petrus is a little slow to reveal itself, opening out to beautiful floral notions of violets, red roses and lavender with emerging scents of blueberry compote, powdered cinnamon, star anise, fragrant earth and unsmoked cigars plus nuances of black tea, cardamom, rose hips, iron ore and Sichuan pepper. Full-bodied, the palate builds very slowly in the mouth, growing to a crescendo of black and blue fruit with an aria of earth and exotic spice accents, finishing with the most amazing perfume, all draped in super plush, seductive tannins, ending with just enough freshness to make the beguiling flavor waves go on and on. Big, bold and opulent yet with fantastic muscle and energy, this timeless 2018 is nothing short of mind blowing."

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