Chateau Petrus 1997

Review of the Estate

Chateau Petrus, one of the world`s rarest and most expensive wines. When the Moueix family bought a half share in the property in 1962 its true potential began to be fully realised. Chateau Petrus is now under the direction of Christian Moueix and oenologist, Jean Claude Berrouet.

Chateau Petrus has an 11.4 hectare vineyard located on a plateau on the highest part of Pomerol in the far east of the appellation. The topsoil and the subsoil at Chateau Petrus is almost all clay (in neigbouring properties the soil is a mixture of gravel-sand or clay-sand) and Merlot flourishes in this soil.Chateau Petrus vineyard is planted with 95% Merlot.

The vines are unusually old and are only replanted after they reach 70 years of age. The grapes at Chateau Petrus are hand harvested only in the afternoon, when the morning dew has evaporated, so as not to risk even the slightest dilution of quality. The grapes at Chateau Petrus are fermented in cement vats and the wine is aged in 100% new oak barrels for 22-28 months. Petrus is bottled unfiltered.

Chateau Petrus is extraordinarily rich, powerful and concentrated, often with characteristics of chocolates, truffles, Asian spices and ultra-ripe, creamy, black fruits. Chateau Petrus is usually approachable after a decade or so in bottle, but the wines from the very greatest years will continue improving for many more years.


 

Vineyard

Surface area: 28.2 acres

Grape Varieties: 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc 

Average age of vines: 35 years

Density of plantation: 6,500 vines per hectare

Average yields: 36 hectoliters per hectare

Average cases produced: 2,300 per year

Plateau of maturity: 10 - 30 years 

 

 

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Robert Parker Petrus 1997 Review

Score: 91 Points

The backward 1997 (2,300 cases produced) needs 3-4 years of cellaring. The dense plum/ruby/purple color is accompanied by a closed bouquet of mocha, dried tomato skin, and black fruits. In the mouth, it is one of the most muscular 1997s, exhibiting outstanding concentration, length, intensity, and depth, copious tannin, and a fine mouth-feel. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2025. *** The 1997 Petrtus may ultimately turn out to be a superior wine, but somewhat of an insider’s secret. The color is a saturated ruby/purple. The wine offers up copious quantities of sweet coffee, mocha, and blackberry fruit intermixed with cherry and subtle new oak notes. This medium to full-bodied wine is not a blockbuster, but gorgeously rich, with layers of glycerin, extract, and richness coating the palate. Dense and ripe, with moderate tannin in the surprisingly long finish, it should be at its peak between 2007-2025.

Score: 91

 

Chateau Petrus 1997 Recent Price History

Prices below are sourced from wine-searcher.com

WineVintageJuly 2008 
Value Per Case
July 2013 
Value Per Case
Value Increase Percentage 
Increase
Petrus 1997 £7,872 £14,940 £7,068 89.79%

Chateau Petrus Wine List

Petrus 1990 N/A Petrus 1992
Petrus 1993 Petrus 1994 Petrus 1995
Petrus 1996 Petrus 1997 Petrus 1998
Petrus 1999 Petrus 2000 Petrus 2001
Petrus 2002 Petrus 2003 Petrus 2004
Petrus 2005 Petrus 2006 Petrus 2007
Petrus 2008 Petrus 2009 Petrus 2010
Petrus 2011    

 

Bordeaux Investment Wines - Chateau Petrus 1997 Review

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