2006 Pétrus, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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2006 Pétrus, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

We come together around the idea of saying “yes”: A small word that contains everything.

Chateau Pétrus produces what is widely regarded as the greatest merlot in the world. The name comes from the latinate of Saint Peter. The domaine has produced wine since the early 1800’s, though the great age of Pétrus began, according to David Peppercorn MW, with the end of WWII and the historic 1945 vintage. Mme Edmond Loubat championed the domaine and its terroirs from the 1920’s on, insisting that it was of a similarly vaunted quality as the first growths of the left bank. The 1855 Medoc Classification which created Bordeaux’s tiers did not include the left bank. From the post-war period, Petrus has rocketed into the stratosphere of mythic wines. Pétrus posses a unique terroir atop a plateau in Pomerol of gently sloping, iron-rich, clay soils ideal for producing merlot of definition, complexity, and power that are able to age seemingly interminably. It is the highest elevation in the appellation, allowing its grapes to retain freshness even with powerful fruit, and Chateau Pétrus devotes an astonishing energy to produce fruit of the greatest ripeness and definition possible. The vines are pruned severely in the winter and then green harvested in the summer to keep yields as low as possible and concentrate the flavors into the remaining bunches. The wine is hand picked and then goes through a gentle crushing before fermenting in temperature-controlled concrete vats. It is pressed off and then aged in large new oak barrels.

2006 Chateau Pétrus Pomerol is a wine of immense structure and concentration but also incredible aromatics. There is a bounty of ripe black and red plums, black currants, blueberries, cedar wood, violets, and like the smell of baking spices and light herbs over everything. The balance of the enormous fruit and the aromatic complexity and definition belies a sophistication that is difficult to describe. Like watching something find balance that seems like it shouldn’t. The wine lasts forever on your tongue. One of the last several years at Pétrus to include a small percentage of cabernet franc in the assemblage.


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