2008 Petrus Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L

  • WA 97
  • IWC 95
  • WS 93

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WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
It is hard to call Petrus a "sleeper of the vintage" but the 2008 will merit more attention than most consumers would think. Low yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare resulted in only 25000 bottles of this beauty. A wine... It is hard to call Petrus a "sleeper of the vintage" but the 2008 will merit more attention than most consumers would think. Low yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare resulted in only 25000 bottles of this beauty. A wine of great intensity (possibly the most concentrated wine of the vintage) this 100% Merlot boasts a dark purple color as well as a sweet perfume of mocha caramel black cherries black currants earth and forest floor. Deep unctuously textured full-bodied and pure it will benefit from 4-5 years of cellaring and should drink well for 25-30+ years.
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2011
Deep ruby-purple. Captivating aromas of blackberry black cherry flowers licorice and Oriental spices are lifted by hints of white pepper and soy sauce. Rich and concentrated yet suave on entry then sweet but with... Deep ruby-purple. Captivating aromas of blackberry black cherry flowers licorice and Oriental spices are lifted by hints of white pepper and soy sauce. Rich and concentrated yet suave on entry then sweet but with outstanding grip in the middle with harmonious acidity providing terrific lift and definition to the multifaceted opulent flavors of dark berries mocha iron and spices. This massive exotic wine coats the entire palate without conveying any impression of weight; its remarkably smooth finish lasts for minutes. One of the top three wines of the vintage and a remarkable Petrus. 95+
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, December 2010
This has texture and range that's a step up from the pack with agorgeous silky feel to the ripe but restrained cherry raspberry and damson plum notes that are layered with hints of black tea incense and mineral. The long... This has texture and range that's a step up from the pack with agorgeous silky feel to the ripe but restrained cherry raspberry and damson plum notes that are layered with hints of black tea incense and mineral. The long finish is more about poise than power. Lovely. Drink now through 2020. From France.-J.M.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pomerol
Vintage 2008

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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.