All-important here is the vineyard. The Pomerol plateau was formed by geological accident, a long period of freeze-thaw movement during which a buttonhole of clay burst through thin gravel. This area of clay demarcates what has become the vineyard of Petrus, something which simply cannot be replicated. It is a small 11.5 hectare site surrounded by Vieux-Château-Certan, La Conseillante, Gazin and L’Evangile. The vines are old, 45 years on average, but with some very old vines, low-yielding but coaxed into rude health through meticulous plant husbandry. Both vineyard and cellar are overseen by technical Director and oenologist Oliver Berrouet, son of the acclaimed Jean-Claude Berrouet, responsible for Petrus from 1964 to 2014, when he retired. Indisputably one of the most sought-after wines in the world, demand dramatically outstrips supply. Sales the world over are on allocation.
Petrus is planted with 100% Merlot yields strictly controlled. With perfectionism bordering on obsession, the vineyard team redefines haute couture in their care of Petrus throughout the year. The young wine is aged in 50% new French oak for up to 16 months. Severe pre-assemblage vat selection is carried out and certain parcels are rejected from the Grand Vin ensuring exemplary quality.
To find out more about the latest Petrus vintage please read our brochure HERE.
In-Bond / En-Primeur
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