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Château Petrus Pomerol Very Lightly Water/wetness-Stained Label 1996

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The 1996 Petrus is a big, monolithic, foursquare wine with an impressively<br/>opaque purple color, and sweet berry fruit intermixed with earth, pain grille,<br/>and coffee scents. Full-bodied and muscular, with high levels of tannin, and a<br/>backward style, this wine (less than 50% of the production was bottled as<br/>Petrus) will require patience. It is a mammoth example. <br/>(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate)

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

External Reviews for Château Petrus Pomerol Very Lightly Water/wetness-Stained Label

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/16/2011

Despite all the pessimism that emerged from proprietor Christian Moueix, this has turned out to be an exceptional effort. The wine possesses a dense, opaque purple color, a ripe, mulberry, cedar, and coffee-scented nose, and a dense, powerful, medium... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1996 Petrus 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/30/2011

Wild aromas of crushed fruit, forest flower and wild mushrooms. Full-bodied, with incredibly velvety tannins that go on and on. Lovely and exciting fruit. Gorgeous, seductive wine. Hard to resist now. Better than I remember.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrosp... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1996 Petrus 750ml



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The 1996 Petrus is a big, monolithic, foursquare wine with an impressively<br/>opaque purple color, and sweet berry fruit intermixed with earth, pain grille,<br/>and coffee scents. Full-bodied and muscular, with high levels of tannin, and a<br/>backward style, this wine (less than 50% of the production was bottled as<br/>Petrus) will require patience. It is a mammoth example. <br/>(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate)

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