Petrus is very likely the most famous wine in the world. Its prestigious status and astonishing price has caught a lot of people’s attention. Unfortunately, Petrus is also one of the top 10 most counterfeited wines in the world.

Petrus has an uniquely dense, iron rich clay soil vineyard (11.5 ha) at the highest altitude of Pomerol. As of 2016, the average of the vines is 40 years old, 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. The average annual production of Petrus is 2500 cases, and there is no second wine.

Photo of the Petrus vineyard map from Neal Martin

The grapes of Petrus are fermented in cement vats, aged in 100% new French oak for 22 to 28 months and bottled without filtration.

Petrus 1998

Petrus makes some of the most intense and exuberant merlot in Bordeaux. This 1998 Petrus is rich and complex. Luxurious dark chocolate, dense dark fruit, ripe plums, liquorice spice and black olive tone. Concentrated with refined and subtle flavours. The structure is unbelievably big, but it doesn’t hide the seamless fruit and subtle flavours.  

The 1998 Petrus has a serious richness, much more powerful and big-boned than the 1998 Lafleur Petrus and 1998 Lafleur. (97+/100)

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