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Château Petrus

Bordeaux wine Château Petrus Pomerol
Château Petrus
Pomerol
Rouge
1998 
Notations : 
  • Robert Parker : 100 points
  • Wine Spectator : 99 points
3 300.00 €
Quantity 
Red wine
0,75 L
CARD-INDEX OF CELLAR
Area : Bordeaux
Name : Pomerol
Type : Red wine
Grape variety : Cabernet-franc, Merlot
Structure : Complex, Deep, Dense, Length, Lush, Powerful, Rich
Families of flavor : Café, Chocolat, Mokka, Réglisse, Spices, Tobacco, Truffe
Conservation : Apogée 2010-2040
Temperature of service : 16-17°
Mets/Wines agreements : Canard sauce aux truffes, Carré d'agneau aux herbes, Poularde truffée
Capacity : Bottle (0,75 L)
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Description :

The 1998 Petrus is unquestionably a fabulous effort boasting a dense plum/purple color as well as an extraordinary nose of black fruits intermixed with caramel, mocha, and vanilla. Exceptionally pure, super-concentrated, and extremely full-bodied, with admirable underlying acidity as well as sweet tannin. The finish lasts for 40-45 sec

Château Petrus

Château Petrus Grand Cru Classé Pomerol 

Is Petrus today the most famous estate in Bordeaux ? If this is so it would hardly be surprising; Petrus is one of a trio of right bank wines, the others being Le Pin and Ausone, which now sell at astronomical prices, typically thousands of pounds, dollars or euros per case if not per bottle.

As Clive Coates wrote in 1995 in Grands Vins, "Many of the top wines of Pomerol, I suspect, are known more by their reputation than by actual tasting experience".

The vines are trained low, and many are very old, with an average age in excess of 45 years. The heritage of the vineyard has been protected by both Loubat and Moueix over the years; after the devastating frost of 1956 Loubat refused to replant, instead grafting new vines onto the surviving rootstocks; some of these half-old, half ancient vines still populate the vineyard today. Since then, whereas it is usual to replace individual deceased vines with new, Moueix has resisted, ensuring the age of the vineyard remains high, and replanting whole blocks when it is ultimately necessary.

The ultimate yield is typically in the order of 35 hl/ha. In the cellars, which sit unprepossessingly at the side of one of the many minor roads that criss-cross the Pomerol appellation, the process of converting grape into wine follows a fairly standard pattern. There is a sorting before pressing and fermentation in thermoregulated concrete tanks, with maceration of the skins for 18-25 days. There is malolactic fermentation in a mix of oak and vat, and blending takes place in December before the barrel ageing per se begins, using 100% new wood. The wine will rest here for up to two years before bottling.


Notes de dégustation

Robert Parker : 100 points
"The 1998 Petrus is unquestionably a fabulous effort boasting a dense plum/purple color as well as an extraordinary nose of black fruits intermixed with caramel, mocha, and vanilla. Exceptionally pure, super-concentrated, and extremely full-bodied, with admirable underlying acidity as well as sweet tannin, it reveals a superb mid-palate in addition to the luxurious richness for which this great property is known. The finish lasts for 40-45 seconds. Patience will definitely be required. Production was 2,400 cases, about 1,600 cases less than normal. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2040." (Nov 2002)

Wine Spectator : 99 points
"Green olives and blackberry jam, with hints of vanilla and Indian spices. Some dark chocolate too. Complex nose. Very full-bodied, with dense, dark fruits and a licorice undertone, yet the huge tannin structure is polished and almost seamless. A massive and powerful wine, yet balanced and refined. Fantastic. Just a beautiful baby still.¿’88/’98 Bordeaux retrospective (2008). Best after 2012." (Jan 2009)

Stephen Tanzer : 95-98 points
"Saturated ruby-purple. Knockout multidimensional aromas of pungent spice, raspberry, mulberry, minerals and iron filings; has a distinctly sappy, liqueur-like aspect. Pure sweetness supported by firm structure; a vibrant, extremely intensely flavored wine with an almost three-dimensional texture. Really explodes in the mouth. Finishes with firm but noble tannins and terrific grip. Potentially the greatest Petrus since the monumental 1990, and, along with L’Eglise-Clinet, a strong early candidate for wine-of-the-vintage honors." (Jun 1999)

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