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Chateau Petrus


Chateau Petrus is the favourite wine that realms and beautiful ones of this world. That presents Pomerol wine lies in close proximity to Libourne in the area of cultivation of wine Bordeaux in France. The Pomerol wines are considerably different from the 1s Cru Classé plants of the left shore like chateau Lafite Rothschild, chateau Latour, chateau Margaux, chateau Mouton Rothschild and chateau Haut Brion from the Graves, though. Chateau Petrus is one quite little wine-growing estate with only about 11.50 hectares of wine acreage. It is armed with approx. 95 per cent Merlot and only 5 per cent Cabernet franc. Moreover, these facts are the main difference compared with the wine-growing estates mentioned above, the high Merlot share is typical of chateau Petrus and the further wine-growing estates from the Pomerol. The Pomerol area is located by Bordeaux to the north of 30 km and learned his to this day steady and unstoppable advancement only at the beginning of the 20th century. East of Pomerol that follows much admitted cultivation area Saint Émilion the Pomerol. Within the years before the so-called "discovery" of the Pomerol Wines one knew the sonorous names like chateau Petrus or chateau Le Pin only under insiders in the wine world. It was Belgians and Dutchmen who became a slave to the charm of these wines first. The properties cannot also, in the clear difference to that wine-growing estates of the left bank to hold out with splendid locks and estates. The connoisseur of wine finds quite normal houses or farming enterprises at a visit often like also for chateau Petrus. The best wines of the Pomerol arise on the highest jobs of the plateau because there is the earth made of gravel and loam. Chateau Petrus has this ground composition and thereby the best conditions for the production of a premium wine.

The wines of the Pomerol do not have a classification of their own. Chateau Petrus got merely a gold medal presented as recognition at the world exhibition in Paris in 1878 at which the classification of the Bordelais was also announced.

The star of chateau Petrus rose with the vintage 1945. This is still regarded as century wine next to the 1945s chateau Mouton Rothschild today. Many connoisseurs of wine prefer the vintage 1947 matured well today still better to the 1945s wines, though.

In the year 1925 the properties of the Chateau Petrus went in parts at madame Edmond Loubat. In 1949 the lady then could acquire all shares in chateau Petrus and call the good characteristic of her. Chateau was Petrus at that time but in comparison with today, still contained it considerably more smally only approx. 6.50 hectares. Jean - Pierre Moueix also took on the sale of the wines of chateau Petrus this year and also could buy a third of the shares after the death of madame Loubat in 1961. Today Chateau Petrus is in the possession of the Moueix family, for a long time aforementioned from a to be on the go wine connoisseur and businessman of name Jean Pierre Moueix (1882-1957). To it belong beside Chateau Petrus also Chateau Trotanoy, Chateau Lafleur Pétrus and Chateau Lagrange rank as well as in Saint Émilion - Château Magdelaine. However Chateau Petrus is its presentation property with the best reputation and the maximum valuated wines. The annual production on Chateau Petrus is usually only with approximately 20,000 to 25,000 bottles, which makes a fair and comprehensive dispatching nearly impossible with the subscription. Definitely the Russian magnates of oil as well as the Asian business people pay almost every price for a real one to chateau Petrus. Older classes of the Chateau Petrus are still more difficult from there to get and are guarded like the own eyeball in the arches of wine that realms. There is probably only just as expensive wine as Chateau Petrus, this is the legend of Burgund Domaine Romanee Conti from Vosne Romanée.

Gladly wine lovers would undertake a journey to Chateau Petrus around the cellars and the vineyard situations would visit. This is almost just as impossible as a tasting on the best. By the persistent demand from the Asian room for wines of chateau Petrus today's owners put a certain self-assurance to the day and are not dependent on these marketing measures.

The best vintages on chateau Petrus were 1945 (the century wine!), 1947 (one oft he best petrus of all times 100 points), 1949, 1953 (a terrific 1953 and very popular with the connoisseurs of wine), 1959, 1961 (the most expensive wine on the card of the Ritz Carlton in Moscow with almost 60,000 euros the MAGNUM 1.5 l), 1975, 1989, 1990 and 2005, today acted with over 4.000 Euro.

Here some notes for the tasting of Chateau Petrus:

Chateau Petrus 1945

How a twin of 61 presented itself on Walter Eigensatz of great sample of the Petrus with similar colour and nose as well as much printing at the palate in 1993. Last 2002 again an authentic 1tel of a honorigen wine friend, marvelously elegant wine with more beautifully sweet ones, worked also in the color clearly older, flowered in the glass with the time up, completely different style than the jelly, doubtful like around, which emerges frequently on paid samples. Absolutely greatly on René Gabriels Petrus sample 2005, the elegance in perfection, an absolute dream material, which does not stop at the palate any longer. The nose still embellishes, grapy fruit, fine sweet in. Maturity tones are clear in the colour there. These excellent 45s keeps years in a such, perfect and absolute genuine magnum for certain of another 10-20 – 100/100 (well up: Broadbent Michael).

Chateau Petrus 1947

Petrus can be in good, real bottles of a correct Hedonisten opera. I still have him jumped over the perfect Cheval Blanc in 1993 in our century test with at that time "21/20", an insanity wine. 1995, a Belgian bargainer filling which took second place to the filling of chateau into nothing thick simply sweetens, mocha, terrifically - 100/100. 1997 to Jörg Mueller 50. a French dealer filling, only with restraint, needed much air, close color, developed purify anise and licorice flavour, became enormously printingful and long with the time, completely large Bordeaux- 98/100. In the same year a Calvet Magnum, the brightest of the Flights, little concentration, clearly more weakly than my 1tel - 93/100. Also as Vandermeulen filling Petrus is greatly, perhaps not quite so opulent possibly more long-lastingly like the Chateau filling, however. 1992 at Drawert strength, abundance, considerably more than a mouth full, long passing, still very fresh - 100/100. 1996, on very high standard the 47s Margaux Vandermeulen as well 1997 where Conseillante Vandermeulen only, only just inferiorly only just also shoved himself in front of that. 2005 on René Gabriels of tall Petrus tasting in the first Vandermeulen bottle of flatly, in the second thick colour, porty sweet, gigantic, energy without end. This is the strength and the splendour – 100/100. Likewise affecting 100 points level two further bottles in the summer 2005, one with infinite bloom and more finely sweet one, the other some more closely and younger. Again one clear candidate for 100/100 but unfortunately corky, 2007, this is aching from the substance! And unfortunately then a forged Magnum which a wine friend had purchased at renowned auctioneers was here in January 2007, too (well up: Dr. Becker).

Chateau Petrus 1949

Petrus was there already considerably more beautiful in the Vandermeulen filling. With much luck I had been able to acquire at the beginning of the 90's several half bottles from Belgium too much justifiable conditions. In those Petrus was never as opulent as 47, but always very strong and printingful and always lay with 95/100. My Vandermeulen were considerably better 1tel. Once at the beginning of 99 with Franz Josef Schorn truffel purely with unbelievably more closely color, drank surely never somewhat better - 100/100, the twin bottle then on my rare piece sample a half year later almost perfection – 100/100. All bottles mind you from a reliable, very good cellar, where they stored since the acquisition at that time and in accordance with in very good condition. Giant-largely also 2005 on René Gabriels Petrus sample, like perfect a Cuvée from Cheval Blanc and a large Burgundy with fine, delicate spice and infinite length at the palate. This one clearly cannot from the strength with 47, however what playing elegance and refinement – 100/100 (well up: Dr. Becker).

Chateau Petrus 1952

Petrus is also tall in 52. My first meeting with this wine was 1993 in the Wachau on the Petrus test. A genuine sensation for the class and better than 50, explosive Bouquet, long, sumptuously – 95/100. A top bottle of 1997 with Willi Krähling, thick colour, hardly age lovely tasty, complex and long – 99/100. One year later the twin bottle, more madly, more closely material with beautiful length– 96/100. Petrus matured more wonderfully, perfectly on a test last 2004 with finer sweet - 96/100. I would not hesitate at good bottles with a faultless descent here. Petrus makes for certain of another 10+ years fun. In every case I would prefer the Chateau filling to the Vandermeulen variant here. The latter could never keep pace with the Chateau filling, drunk 10 times and always given 92-93/100 well within the last 10 years. Last 2005 on René Gabriels of large Petrus sample, where the wine showed clearly that it is on the descent. Both bottles already very ripely with easy oxidation tones, more malziger sweet ones, in addition, light vinegar pass – 92/100. Furthermore even further Belgian dealer filling, recognizable exist at the original Petrus label without the addition „mise en bouteille aux Chateau“.Such a one have I drunk with Willi Krähling in 1999, the wine of the evening and sure on the height of the Chateau filling – 97/100(well up: Dr. Becker).

Chateau Petrus 1953

1953 Petrus. Still so young with a crazy aromatic printing at the palate. In the nose fine, easily exotic sweet ones with cocos, reminded me of the best, so far bottles drunk by the 61er – 100/100 (well up: Dr. Becker).

Chateau Petrus 1959

Petrus particularly of the ones who at present are offering him on auctions is very praised in 1959. I cannot comprehend this. On walter self-set of large Petrus sample 1993 a Magnum, spicy, malty sweet ones, largely, strengthens acid – 95/100. 1996 with Drawert then a Belgian Grafé Lecocq Magnum with very dark, strong color without age, substantial (too much!) Acid, tannic, built off 93/100 with the time in the glass. I was confused on René Gabriels Petrus sample in 2005 of Petrus in the Grafé-Lecocq filling. In both bottles was a giant with mad outlet. Coffee without end and a never eucalyptus tone, surely 97/100 worth, noticed with Petrus, but was this Petrus? (well up: Dr. Becker).

Chateau Petrus 1961

Whoever would like to enjoy mega-rare and ultra-expensive 61s Petrus needs deep bags, generous friends or both. And even then it is not still long ensured that in the bottle is actually 61 Petrus. Of few wines, so many forgeries might primarily into big bottles exist in the relationship like of Petrus. My first 61s Petrus 1993 on Walter Eigensatz of great Petrus test was absolutely genuine and still very young – 97/100. I prefer to spread the coat of the silence over several bottles after that, all of them Magnums in paid tests. All the more I looked forward then 2001 to the high point of the 61er sample of a wine friend, unfortunately however only a cheap egg thief falsification with extremely young color and Rhone or Syrah nose. And since this poor person had acquired two Magnums at once, he turned on the second also in 2004 and, on the other hand, presented a genuine Magnum which had lain in a collector cellar for several decades. The twin bottle falsification again the young Syrah, this time already something feather-edged, sensationally against it the original, Petrus in perfection with enormous flavour bunch, despite all ripe one unbelievably printingful at the palates, a clear, rare 100 points experience. And the moral of history: Petrus 61 like 47 Lafleur and other only from absolutely respectable sources with 30 of years old original invoice buy. And then itself it is not guaranteed of course that the wine represents the paper form. On René Gabriels of large Petrus sample 2005 was the 61er by all means no bad wine and in these Magnum probably also authentic. But it was clearly more ripely than I it knows. The nose still was typically and quite beautifully but much did not happen at the palate. Where otherwise a crazy aromatic printing builds up at 61s, there was only a fine, elegant wine here which already acted a little tired and feeble. I do not know the descent of the bottle, am, however, sure that she already had some properties. There is this effect with far and much-travelled trophy wines once in a while. Those one does not open better, but keeps the illusion – 92/100 (well up: Dr. Becker).

Chateau Petrus 1970

Big the Petrus. Very much already shows colour, gigantic potential, sensationally writes poems in 1994 -98/100. Drunk in 1996 in Chicago against the 75s in the Italian Village which is not at all from bad parents, visually not optimal (ts) but contents convincing. Invigorate colour without age tones at the beginning of the drinking hoarfrosts and superior to 75s – 99/100. Outstandingly 2005 on René Gabriels of large Petrus sample, so young, so fruity, so an explosive aromatic. This is Pomerol of the top of the line again – 100/100 (well up: Dr. Becker).

Chateau Petrus 1975

Unfortunately, I have drunk Petrus till now only 5 times. 1996, for 8 hours, firm colour had tannic, very long passing, with clear brown tone, mint, pencil, at which palate still invigorates much strength, chocolate decanting survives! – 97/100. Few months later in Italy Village in Chicago in the comparison to 70's, optically not optimally (ts), but with convincing contents of, strong color without age tones, for which 70's supports momentarily, surely still 5-10 years need, whereby hopefully the fruit survives – 96/100. 2005 on René Gabriels of large Petrus sample still an impetuous contemporary, spicy, kräuterig, biting tannic, strong, basic acid, in addition notes of mint, in addition, chocolate and an intensive mineral, a hypothetical mixture from the best years Lafleur and Heitz Martha´s Vineyard and still do not lengthen completely – 98/100 (well up: Broadbent Michael).

Chateau Petrus 1989

I do not like to think of the mad prices of extremely highly weighted and sought-after Petrus at all. I had this wine in the glass, among this once 2001 from a dual magnum which was too young like all other bottles, since 1993 5 times. Last 2005 on René Gabriels of large Petrus sample totally locked nose, at the palate too, one feel much power and biting tannic. Only potential, no pleasure is, unfortunately, more than 85/100 are not drinking pleasure in the glass here at present there. (well up: Dr. Becker).