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 Château Petrus

Château Petrus

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Château Petrus
1, rue Pétrus-Arnaud, 33500 Pomerol
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The estate is located in the heart of the community Pomerol in the same area (Bordeaux). The winery is a small stone statue of the eponymous saint. At the World Exhibition in Paris in 1878 but it won a gold medal, but internationally, the winery was a long time little known. This changed abruptly with the 1945 vintage, as the Century wine applies. In 1925 the estate was partly owned by Marie Louise Loubat and was acquired in 1949 from this completely. At that time included the 6.5 hectares of vineyards with 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. This year, Jean-Pierre Moueix (1882-1957) the exclusive distributor for the wine. After the death of the owner in 1961 Moueix acquired a third of the shares, the other two inherited Lily Lacoste (niece of Madame Loubat). In 1964, Moueix purchased additional shares on now two-thirds. After the death of Jean-Pierre Moueix in 2003 took over son Jean-François (b. 1945) the lead, while his son Christian (b. 1946) directs the production.

The vineyards are enlarged in 1969 through the purchase of 5 acres of the neighboring Château Gazin to 11.5 hectares. The grape-growing stock was changed to 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. This red wine is one of the best and most expensive in Bordeaux and in the world. The 2000 vintage tasted 2010 (after ten years, you should open it at the earliest) between € 3,500 and € 3,800. The well-known wine journalist Hugh Hugh Johnson noted: "Unparalleled - but unfortunately only for millionaires." In Pomerol there is no special Grand Cru , but he is arguably the leading greenhouse and the five Premier Cru Classé in Medoc at least equivalent to. The label is now just "Peter" on labels is old but still very much "Château Pétrus" given (by the way, there is no Château = lock).

The gritty sand-clay soil on a bed of ferruginous earth, with particularly good Water discharge preferred and creates excellent conditions. This is ideal for Merlot, from which the wine in most vintages wine is made of 100%. Another criterion is that in some cases up to 70 years old vines. And a third point is the extreme limit yield. In the winter pruning on each vine only eight left eyes (just two more would increase the yield by a quarter). In the summer, another limitation is done by rigorous Thin out to around 50%. Even in good years, not more than 4,000 cases are produced. The Vintage Special attention will be given. A total of 180 harvest workers are on call. The start is to when the grapes are the perfect physiological maturity has been reached. It begins in the afternoon so that the rope (which could dilute the must) is already evaporated. The harvest takes place naturally in several passages of grapes each. Immature and unhealthy grapes is eliminated without mercy. If necessary, unusual methods are used. When it rained once before the start of the harvest was used to dry the vines a low-flying helicopter.

The tunnel is a 18 to 22 months in new oak barrels to 100%. During this period, continually find sensory tests instead, only the best barrels go into the Grand Vin. A special feature of the dark and incredibly concentrated red wine is the small acidity, making it soft, round and smooth. Despite the high tannic wine is soft and oily, which you can literally chew and bite. He was certified aromas of black currants, blackberries, mulberries and plums, which over the years Tobacco supervene. As already mentioned, you should not open the wine at best a decade ago, the shelf life is 30, 40, 50 years and longer. It is actually a wine you should bequeath to his heirs after your purchase. Particularly outstanding were born and are 1964, 1967, 1971, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998 and 1999.

The wines

1970, Pomerol AOC
Red wine, Bordeaux, Château Petrus
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