Chateau Petrus 2008

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 

 

 

Chateau Petrus

 

 

Chateau Petrus Bottles

 

 

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Chateau Petrus Label

Robert Parker Petrus 2008 Review

Score: 97 Points

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 25,000 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. *** The 2008 is destined to be one of the greatest Petrus?s ever made, ranking alongside the 1989, 1990, 1998, and 2000, and even eclipsing the 2005. An inky/red/purple color accompanies an unevolved, but promising nose of sweet red and black fruits intermixed with hints of earth, spice box, and caramel. It possesses a formidable personality of great intensity, awesome texture, amazingly well-integrated sweet tannin, and a freshness and precision that are hallmarks of this vintage. Given the tiny production, there will not be much of this sensational wine. Like most recent Petrus vintages, a decade of patience will be required despite the sweetness of the tannin. It should evolve for at least 50 years. *** Like the other top Moueix Pomerol properties, especially such top terroirs as Trotanoy, La Fleur Petrus, Hosanna, and La Providence, yields at Petrus were 28 hectoliters per hectare. This vineyard was harvested much like the proprietors of Yquem pick grapes, waiting for perfect maturity and selecting grape bunches as opposed to sending a team in and harvesting until the entire vineyard is picked. Petrus was harvested on six different days, September 29, October 1, 4, 7, 10, and 12.

Score: 97

 

Chateau Petrus 2008 Recent Price History

Prices below are sourced from wine-searcher.com

WineVintageJune 2009 
Value Per Case
July 2013 
Value Per Case
Value Increase Percentage 
Increase
Petrus 2008 £19,614 £21,324 £2,160 11.27%

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    

 

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