Château Pétrus

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Château Pétrus is a Bordeaux wine estate whose eponymous wine, Chateau Pétrus, is regarded as being one of the one celebrated and distinguished in the world.

History

Prior to the current success of Pétrus – and significant rises in sales of wines in the middle of the 20th century, before which fine wines were relatively cheap and difficult to sell – the estate was owned by the Arnaud family for almost two hundred years.

Madame Loubat

It was after Madame Loubat, who had progressively acquired pieces of the property since 1925, became the sole owner of the estate at the end of World War II that the Château’s wines began to flourish on the world market.

Quality of wine

According to experts The Antique Wine Company, Château Pétrus:

It possesses Pomerol’s unctuous, almost chewy quality of richness and power but with a rare depth of colour, clarity of flavor and structured pedigree that is unlike anything else.

Value on the markets

Pétrus vintages (1920-2009) consistently sell for thousands at auction. Especially popular vintages, based on average auction results are:

  • 1946 - £15,000
  • 1961 - £6,500
  • 1982 - £6,995

Main article: Château Pétrus wine price guide

Top Château Petrus vintages

Favourite Pétrus vintages among experts include:

  • Château Petrus 2008: (98-100 RP) - "Destined to be one of the greatest Petrus's ever made…" – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
  • Château Petrus 2000: (100 RP) - "A prodigious Petrus, this wine has that extra level of intensity and complexity that is monumental…" – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
  • Château Petrus 1990: (100 RP) - "The vintage's sweetness, low acidity, and velvety tannins are present in abundance…" – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
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