Petrus is one of the most famous and expensive wines in the world, however this was not always the case. Records of Chateau Petrus date back to 1837 and through into the 20th Century the estate remained virtually unknown. In 1929, Madame Loubat began to buy shares in the Chateau and by 1949 she had become the sole owner. Loubat joined forces with the negociant house of Jean-Pierre Moueix in 1945 which coincided with a successful vintage and the start of the ‘great age of Petrus’. The estate’s reputation only grew from here on out, with its wine being served at the wedding reception of HRH Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, as well as being considered a favourite wine of the Kennedy’s. After Madame Loubat’s death in 1961, the family sold half of the estate to Moueix whose son manages Petrus today.

The small, perfectly formed Chateau is located in the eastern part of Pomerol, near the border with Saint Emilion, and covers 11.4 hectares. This is the highest area in the appellation and boasts soils that are almost entirely made up of clay. As Merlot grows exceedingly well here, it is little surprise that their wine is made almost exclusively from this variety, with Cabernet Franc occasionally used. This leads to a distinctive, rich taste with a typical nose of spice, truffles and chocolate. Pétrus is often described as powerful with a high concentration of red fruit and most vintages age wonderfully for many decades producing complex tertiary flavours.

Petrus allows their vines to grow incredibly old by Bordeaux standards, only replanting the vines after 70 years. The harvest is done in an incredibly selective manner, with individual berries being picked at various times in the afternoon only after the morning dew has had time to evaporate. Although Petrus used to use all new oak in the 1980s, times and tastes have changed and the estate now opt for the wine to spend 18 to 20 months in around 50% new oak. The quantities of Pétrus produced are very small and despite Pomerol wines never having been classified the global demand is immense.

Available Wines

2016 Petrus, Pomerol 3x75cl

£11,500/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate