When the Moueix family bought a half-share in the property in 1962, the estate’s true potential blossomed. Pétrus is currently under the direction of Christian Moueix and oenologist Jean Claude Berrouet.
The 11.4 hectare vineyard is situated on a plateau on the highest part of Pomerol, in the far east of the appellation. The topsoil and the subsoil at Pétrus is mostly clay, where the Merlot grape can flourish. As such, the Pétrus vineyard is planted with 95% Merlot.
The vines are unusually old; they are only replanted after they reach 70 years of age. The grapes are hand-harvested only in the afternoon only once the morning dew has evaporated, eliminating the risk of even the slightest dilution of quality. The grapes are fermented in cement vats and the wine is aged in 100% new oak barrels for 22-28 months. It is then bottled, unfiltered.
Pétrus is extraordinarily rich, powerful and concentrated, showcasing notes of chocolate, truffles, Asian spices and ultra-ripe black fruits. Pétrus is usually approachable after a decade in a bottle, but the wines from the greatest years will ameliorate for many more years.
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