Bordeaux's most intensely concentrated, richly flavored and unique red wine. An incredible power, depth and richness yet a remarkable balance with penetrating aromas of ripe mulberry, black currant and fruit and spicy vanilla oak, setting it apart from all Bordeaux's finest wines.
During the 19th century, the domaine belonged to the Arnaud family. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Arnauds founded the "Societe Civile du Chateau Petrus," the shares of which Madame Loubat began to acquire in 1925. By the end of World War II, Madame Loubat was the sole proprietor of Chateau Petrus. At this time the establishment of Jean-Pierre-Moueix, a company of wine merchants from Libourne, had the monopoly for it distribution. In 1961, Chateau Petrus went to madame Loubats nephew and niece: Madame Lacoste and Monsieur Lignac. Since then, Jean-Pierre Moueix has bought Monsieur Lignac's shares.
Under the direction of Jean-Pierre's son, Christian, and their oenologist, Jean Claude Berrouet, Petrus receives the care of a pampered child. The grapes are picked only in the afternoon, when the morning dew has evaporated, so as not to risk even the slightest dilution of quality.
| Wine Spectator 91 points (Mar 31 2014)
This sports sweet spice, bitter cherry and light briar notes, with lively, pebbly tannins guiding the finish. Slightly high-pitched notes of blood orange and red currant fill in as well. Delivers range and length, yet lacks the depth of the top wines in this vintage. Best from 2015 through 2025. -JM
Vinous 91 points (Jul 2014)
Good full ruby. Perfumed redcurrant, blackberry, violet and licorice on the closed nose; this is much more characterized by red fruits than usual, and has less of the Oriental spice elements that I typically associate with this wine. At once ripe and cool, showing very smooth, dense, seamless red berry, dark cherry and licorice flavors. Finishes very long, with ripe tannins and lovely verve, but this strikes me as a much lighter-styled Petrus than usual.
Wine Advocate 95 points (Apr 2014)
A dense ruby/purple-tinged color and restrained but intriguing aromas of kirsch, raspberry jam, wood spice, and mulberries are found in this full-bodied Petrus. An undeniable success in 2011, it is rich, layered and pure with light to moderate tannin, but seems slightly less muscular and tannic compared to its stablemate, Trotanoy. Forget it for a few years and drink it over the following 25 years. Made from 100% Merlot, it tips the scales at 13.5% alcohol. In short, it is typically open-knit and already showing very well. This is quite opulent.
|Wine maker notes
|95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
Average age of vines is 42-45 years. 30 acres producing 4,000 cases.