Petrus is about as famous a Bordeaux as you can find. It’s a relative newcomer to the ultra-premium world of hyper-expensive Bordeaux. Just 50 years ago, no one really cared much about Petrus, but then word spread. The news got out about this exceptional Merlot from Bordeaux’s Pomerol region and prices soared. How high? The 2006 vintage is selling for around $1,500 a bottle and up.
There is no substitute for Petrus, but La Vielle Cure from Fronsac, also in Bordeaux, is a very nice wine, affordable at under $30 a bottle and a fine example of a Merlot-rich (about 75%) Bordeaux blend.