Petrus, Pomerol, 2016


The 2016 Petrus is so different from its predecessor, yet when one compares notes there is a similar theme; these are both magnificent, handsome, regal wines, full of reserve and class. Aromatically, there is a touch of wildness, vivid bramble fruit, crème de mûre, sweet earth, a touch of exotic spice, mulberry and clay. Whereas the 2015 was all sophistication, a real smoothie, this has a bit of edge and a lot of gravitas... The palate is awash with hedonistic black fruit and fine minerals; one can really sense the terroir. Although this is 100% Merlot, there is more than a hint of Cabernet character - the freshness of fruit, a florality and mintiness that one doesn't normally associate with Merlot. The fruit is so silky and refined; a restrained power and authority is ever-present as well as a tension and nervous energy. Although I wasn't there to taste them from barrel, I assume the 2015 and 2016 may be reminiscent of the young 1989 and 1990. These are totally unique vintages, and this magnificent terroir has expressed itself so differently, yet the results are both absolutely magical.

Contains Sulphites.

About Petrus

Although this estate can trace its origins back to Roman times, Petrus is a relative newcomer to Bordeaux’s top table. In fact Pomerol as a whole was overlooked for centuries in favour of the Medoc. Petrus’ fortunes changed in the 1940s when the owner Madame Loubat signed a contract with Jean-Pierre Moueix to produce and distribute the wines. Throughout the 1960s, the Moueix family added to their stock until in 1969, they were the sole owners. In this same year Jean-François Moueix purchased an exceptional 12.5 acre parcel from neighbouring Chateau Gazin, taking the vineyard holdings to 11.4 hectares; large by Pomerol standards.

The other name that is synonymous with Petrus is that of the Berrouets. In 1964 Jean Claude Berrouet took over as the winemaker, a position he held until 2008, when his son, Olivier took the reins. Over the intervening years, the reputation has grown and with it, so has the reputation of Pomerol. Now, Petrus is quite rightly revered as the most exclusive and most expensive wine of Bordeaux.

The vineyards are exclusively planted with Merlot, on the unique blue clay soils found in the south easterly corner of the commune. The wines are quite simply exquisite. They can be dense and monumental in grand vintages, but there is always a nobility and grace and balance that makes these a joy to drink at almost any stage of their evolution. Winemaking is gentle and respectful, always sympathetic to the limitations and strengths of the given harvest, allowing the terroir to speak for itself.

We feel very honoured to be one of the distributors for Petrus in the UK. As allocations are small, the wines are not offered on general release. If you are interested in buying Petrus en primeur, please speak to our sales team for more information.

Appellation: Pomerol

Pomerol’s Merlot-dominated wines at their best are rich, seductive and silky. For hundreds of years Pomerol was considered as nothing but a satellite district of neighbouring St-Émilion to the east, and it was not really until not until the 1950s that Pomerol started its meteoric rise led by Château Petrus. By far the most dominant merchants in the region are Jean-Pierre Moueix who own or distribute the majority of the finest properties in Pomerol, the most renowned being Petrus.

Pomerol's finest wines originate from the highest parts of the plateau, which is predominantly gravel and clay, with an iron rich subsoil called crasse de fer.
Apparently as important in fashioning wines that are plump, voluptuous, and richly Merlot dominates plantings dramatically, though the notable exception is Vieux Château Certan, nearly half of their estate is devoted Cabernet Franc. Pomerol has no no official classification, but its small scale wines fetch some of the greatest prices for wine in the world. The regions greatest names are Pétrus, Lafleur, Certan de May, Hosanna, La Fleur de Gay, L'Église-Clinet, Le Pin, La Conseillante, Trotanoy, , L'Évangile, Latour-à-Pomerol, and Vieux-Ch-Certan

Grape Type: Merlot

The supple, alluring plummy characteristics of Merlot have made it hugely popular the world over. It is often blended with the more structured Cabernet Sauvignon, though on its own there are some very serious, long-lived examples in Pomerol and Saint Emilion, where it is planted on both cool clay and hotter gravely soils. It is grown more extensively throughout France and the rest of the world to produce soft, approachable, uncomplicated wines, namely in the Languedoc, Chile, California, Italy and Australia.