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Chateau Petrus Pomerol 2004

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Small and seductive It's a tiny region, and it has no classification system. But the wines produced from Pomerol can be sensuous and life-changing. Here lies Chateau Pйtrus, one of the most expensive and sought-after wines of the world – commanding prices higher than the first-growth chateaux of the Mйdoc. The area is all vines, with no real town center, just roads connecting the lands and small, farmhouse style chateaux. Notable Facts Soils in the area are primarily gravel based, intermittent with a clay subsoil which is a factor in the rich flavors of the wines. Like its right bank neighbors, Pomerol sticks mainly to Merlot, with at least 2/3 of the land under vine growing the varietal. Cabernet Franc makes up most of the remainder, with some Cabernet Sauvignon and a spot or two of Malbec. Vines are old and yields are extremely low – add those factors to the soil, and it's a recipe for an elegant, distinctive wine, with typical descriptors of ripe fruit, rich, plump, smooth tannins, intense aroma and supple tannins. It can be a vintage-dependent wine, so with a good vintage, expect melt-in-your-mouth wine.

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Petrus:
  Château Petrus is one of the world’s most distinguished and prized wines. The winery is located in the eastern portion of Pomerol in the Bordeaux region of France. While Pomerol has never been granted “growth” classification status, Petrus is widely considered on par with other First Growth wines.    It may be hard to fathom, but for the first co... Read more
  Château Petrus is one of the world’s most distinguished and prized wines. The winery is located in the eastern portion of Pomerol in the Bordeaux region of France. While Pomerol has never been granted “growth” classification status, Petrus is widely considered on par with other First Growth wines.    It may be hard to fathom, but for the first couple of centuries of its existence, Petrus was a cheap, hard sell. The estate was under the management of the Arnaud family until 1925, when hotel owner Madame Edmond Loubat acquired sole ownership of the property. With consultation from negociant Jean-Pierre Moueix, they reinvented the entire winemaking process on the tiny 12 hectare vineyard to a precise science and raised the price of the wine to signify its value. Soon demand outweighed supply and one of the world’s first cult wines was born. Today it has a prominent place on the wine lists of the world’s top restaurants and fetches stratospheric numbers at auction houses, especially with older vintages.    With the passing of Madame Loubat in 1961, the entire estate was passed on to Mouiex. His sons Jean-Francois and Christian took over the production and all marketing aspects of the wine. In 2008, Olivier Berrouet, son of Petrus technical director Jean-Claude Berrouet, became principal winemaker.    The vineyard’s location in the highest point of Pomerol is made up of iron-rich clay soil, resulting in fruit with excellent mineral balance and aging potential. Petrus was one of the first vineyards to implement green-harvesting techniques, which keeps yields low and quality high. Before 1960, the wines were a blend of Merlot with a small percentage of Cabernet Franc. Since that time, the wine is now 100% Merlot, with two years’ aging in new oak barrels. Only 2,500 cases are produced in each vintage.  Read less

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Snooth User: oliviakoerfer
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12/10/2007

Five glasses


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/02/2009

The dark plum/ruby-tinged 2004 Petrus possesses high acidity as well as copious amounts of sweet cherries and black currants intermixed with hints of cola, earth, and truffles. Deep, medium-bodied, concentrated, ripe flavors are excruciatingly firm a... Robert Parker. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2004 Petrus 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

Offers crushed berries, with chocolate and light vanilla. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit, silky tannins and a caressing texture. Very harmonious and pretty, with a balanced palate. Best after 2008. 2,000 cases made. -JS Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2004 Petrus 750ml



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Small and seductive It's a tiny region, and it has no classification system. But the wines produced from Pomerol can be sensuous and life-changing. Here lies Chateau Pйtrus, one of the most expensive and sought-after wines of the world – commanding prices higher than the first-growth chateaux of the Mйdoc. The area is all vines, with no real town center, just roads connecting the lands and small, farmhouse style chateaux. Notable Facts Soils in the area are primarily gravel based, intermittent with a clay subsoil which is a factor in the rich flavors of the wines. Like its right bank neighbors, Pomerol sticks mainly to Merlot, with at least 2/3 of the land under vine growing the varietal. Cabernet Franc makes up most of the remainder, with some Cabernet Sauvignon and a spot or two of Malbec. Vines are old and yields are extremely low – add those factors to the soil, and it's a recipe for an elegant, distinctive wine, with typical descriptors of ripe fruit, rich, plump, smooth tannins, intense aroma and supple tannins. It can be a vintage-dependent wine, so with a good vintage, expect melt-in-your-mouth wine.

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