Located in the eastern portion of Pomerol near the Saint Emilion border lies the world renowned estate of Chateau Petrus. The then 17- acre Chateau Petrus vineyard was originally owned by the Arnaud family in the mid-18th Century. The vineyard has grown to 28 acres and consists of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc according to our Chateau Petrus reviews. Around 1925, owner of the Hôtel Loubat in Libourne Madame Edmond Loubat began investing in the estate and continued the acquisition progressively until she had full ownership in 1949. With the successful 1945 vintage, Jean-Pierre Moueix of the Libourne négociant house acquired exclusive selling rights of Pétrus and international reputation began to grow. Much of its success is accredited to an exceptional terroir boasting a layer of heavy clay soil and iron subsoil as well as a prime location 40 meters above sea level which is the highest point of the appellation. While Pomerol wines have never been classified, hence leaving Petrus out of the Grand Cru Classe designation from the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, Chateau Petrus is considered one of the most revered, sought-after and expensive wines in the world according to our Chateau Petrus ratings.
As so often, Pétrus has the ability to charm and impress, to seduce and overwhelm. This 2005, one of the greatest vintages from this great chateau, is massive and concentrated, with flavors of ripe black figs, chocolate and dark plums. Put that all together and the result is the utmost deliciousness, freshness and elegance. A major wine. Imported by Etablissements…
97-99 Barrel sample. Rich, sweet and concentrated, with a definite spicy character and sweet, soft tannins. This is richer than many Pétrus in the past, textured like velvet, but with final acidity.
While the first impression with Pétrus is the wood, it is the fruit which gradually shows itself. It is extraordinary, this dense fruit, which simultaneously manages to float with elegance. There is layer after layer of fruit, sometime black, sometimes smoky, sometimes spicy. The wine is not yet totally integrated, still intensely young, with decades to go. But…
96–98. Barrel sample. The first vintage from a newly-constructed cellar, this is a beautiful wine, with glorious Merlot flavors. It's full of spice and dense with velvet tannins. The wine has great opulence and its fruit is well integrated into the structure.
Gorgeous, smooth wine, perhaps even more intense than in past vintages. The tannins are totally enveloped by the ripe plum and damson fruits. Complex, powerful, layered and opulent, this is a wine for the long term.
After the fabulous 2005, Pétrus again has produced a magnificent wine in 2006, even if it doesn’t hit quite the same heights. It has an immensely powerful structure and concentration, always the hallmark of this wine. But this structure is almost masked by the superbly ripe and fresh fruit. And with all this weight, there is still a sense of proportion, the rich…
is a classic. Vintage 2004 has given beautifully ripe Merlot, perfectly poised, but also showing the dryness and power. It is hugely intense, structured, bringing in blackberry flavors, fresh acidity and complex wood, perfumed and rich, concentrated. The aging potential? At least 20 years.