Chateau Petrus is probably the world’s most famous and most coveted fine wine. The fine wines of Pomerol have never actually been classified, and Château Pétrus is therefore considered an Unclassified Growth.
The official name is Chateau Petrus but even its label refers to it as simply “Petrus.”
The small vineyards (only 12 hectares) are planted with an approximate split of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged for twenty-two months in new oak barrels.
The vineyard’s grapes are usually harvested early and left to mature slowly. Extremely fruity, suggestions of berries, vanilla, mocha, and oak emanate from its rich purple robe. The wine’s finish is something to wait for as it slowly caresses the waiting palate.
The 1998 Pétrus Pomerol is a deep red colour and has a highly concentrated nose with notes of plum and black truffle. Upon swirling, it releases rich aromas of mocha. Concentration, balance and complexity are inseparable qualities of the 1998 Pétrus.
Good acidity matched with a tannin structure that is elegant but still slightly closed confirm the quality of the vintage and the skill of its master vintners. Dark fruit and a slight touch of pepper are integral to the persistent finish.
This particular Merlot was actually one of the favorite wines at the White House during the Kennedy years. Petrus Pomerol 1998 is a truly exquisite vintage and it should reach true maturity after the year 2012.
Petrus Pomerol 1998 sells for about $1,459 per bottle.