2007 Pétrus, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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2007 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.

2007 Chateau Pétrus, Pomerol flows in the glass all blackberry, blueberry, sliced mushrooms violet, menthol, tobacco leaf and wet river stones. The complex flavors kaleidoscope against each other, the edges precise but swirling. The finish follows on and on. One of the last several years to include a small percentage of cabernet franc to the assemblage. These wines seem almost cartoonishly proportioned yet somehow balanced in perfect resolution on the palate. My favorite art finds equilibrium in ways that one couldn’t expect.

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