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Date Printed: 12/27/2014
Chateau Petrus  1996
Chateau Petrus 1996
(search item no. 20711)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 12/27/2014: $1,125.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 100 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 99 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 99 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 99 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 98 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1988 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1983 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1966 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Bordeauxs most intensely concentrated, richly flavored and unique red wine. An incredible power, depth and richness yet a remarkable balance with penetrating aromas of ripe mulberry, black currant and fruit and spicy vanilla oak, setting it apart from all Bordeauxs finest wines.
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About Chateau Petrus:

Little known 50 years ago, this château has seen the rise of a myth about the uniqueness of its wine. The wine’s inimatibility is due to many factors, first of all, an exceptional terroir - 40 meters above sea level, the highest point of the appellation - with a layer of heavy clay soil and an iron subsoil. These are ideal conditions for the expression of the Merlot grape. With such a special terroir, the approach in the vineyard and cellar is traditional and respectful.

The work done in the vineyard is fastidious - severe pruning in the winter, regular ploughing, crop-thinning, de-leafing, manicuring the clusters in the summer - and allows the perfect ripening of the fruit. The grape are manually harvested within two afternoons and sorted before crush.

Fermentation is carried out gently, without any overextraction, in temperature-controlled concrete tanks. The blend, very often pure Merlot, is defined in December and the young wine is aged in 100% new oak barrels.

This property made famous by Madame Edmond Loubat and then by Monsieur Jean-Pierre Moueix, culminates at 130 feet on the plateau of Pomerol. Ets Jean-Pierre Moueix is responsible for the cultivation, vinification and aging as well as the export distribution of Petrus wines.