1988 Petrus Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • WS 95
  • WA 91

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Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2009
Subtle yet rich aromas of grilled meat black olive and dark red fruits. Full-bodied very soft and silky with ultrarefined tannins. The finish lasts for minutes. The quality of the tannins is beautiful and the complexity... Subtle yet rich aromas of grilled meat black olive and dark red fruits. Full-bodied very soft and silky with ultrarefined tannins. The finish lasts for minutes. The quality of the tannins is beautiful and the complexity of fruit earth and spices is impressive. Drinking this is like listening to Mozart.-'88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). Drink now. 3500 cases made. -JS
WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2003
...The wine started off life impressively deep ruby/purple but is now showing some amber at the edge. It is a medium-bodied rather elegant style of Petrus with a distinctive cedary almost celery component intermixed with... ...The wine started off life impressively deep ruby/purple but is now showing some amber at the edge. It is a medium-bodied rather elegant style of Petrus with a distinctive cedary almost celery component intermixed with a hint of caramel and sweet mulberry and black cherry fruit. It has aged far less evenly than I would have thought and is probably best drunk over the next 8-10 years. Last tasted 11/02. -Robert Parker's Bordeaux Book 4th Edition
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pomerol
Vintage 1988

Label

Fermentation for Petrus is carried out gently, without any over extraction, in temperature controlled concrete tanks. The blend, typically pure Merlot, is defined in December and the wine is aged 18+ months in French oak barrels, 50% of which are new.

Petrus displays an intense color, a rich and complex nose and an opulent fruit. In great vintages, the wine can easily be kept 25 years or more.

Winery

Petrus

Little known 50 years ago, Petrus has become mythical for the uniqueness of its wine. The wine’s inimitability is due to many factors. Among them is an exceptional terroir—located 40 meters above sea level, the highest point of the appellation—with a layer of heavy clay soil and an iron subsoil.

These are ideal conditions for the expression of the Merlot grape and the iron-rich clay is relatively unique within the region. As a result, the 28 acre vineyard is planted only to Merlot. Average vine age is more than 50 years, and are allowed to reach 70 years before replanting.

The approach in the vineyard and cellar is traditional and respectful of the special terroir. The viticulture is fastidious—severe pruning in the winter, regular ploughing, crop-thinning, de-leafing, manicuring the clusters in the summer—and allows perfect ripening of the fruit. Grapes are manually harvested over just two days and sorted before crush.

Ets. Jean-Pierre Moueix purchased half a share of Petrus in the early 1960s and are largely credited with its rise to fame. The company also owns many other properties in both Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, including Magdelaine, Belair-Monange, La Fleur-Petrus, Lafleur-Gazin, Lagrange, Latour a Pomerol, Hosanna, and Trotanoy.