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I use this wine key: Laguiole en Aubrac Wine Key Ebony
I have used this glass in this Video: RIEDEL Performance Cabernet Sauvignon, RIEDEL Sommelier Cabernet Sauvignon
I have tasted the following wines in this Video:
2004 Petrus Pomerol
The 100 Point Scoring System (from www.robertparker.com):
96-100: An extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. Wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find, purchase and consume.
90 – 95: An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short, these are terrific wines.
80 – 89: A barely above average to very good wine displaying various degrees of finesse and flavor as well as character with no noticeable flaws.
70 – 79: An average wine with little distinction except that it is soundly made. In essence, a straightforward, innocuous wine.
60 – 69: A below-average wine containing noticeable deficiencies, such as excessive acidity and/or tannin, an absence of flavor or possibly dirty aromas or flavors.
50 – 59: A wine deemed to be unacceptable.
First of all, it is one of the best wines coming out of Bordeaux with a great track record to prove its ability to produce outstanding wine. It has produced more than 10 wines that received a perfect score from Robert Parker and is the favorite wine of presidents, kings, and billionaires
I visited Petrus twice and the winery is fairly small and unassuming. It is not one of those amazing Chateaux that you see in Bordeaux left bank but it has a long history.
It was for a long time considered to be a very good estate but it was not that famous initially. The region of Pomerol on the right bank is more rural and the quality of its terroir was overlooked.
Petrus began to break through after the 1945 vintage. This was also the time when the Moueix family started to sell their wines. They made the winery famous in Europe and the US and even took over control of the estate in the middle of the 20th century.
The vineyard is 11.4 hectares in size – way smaller than the vineyards of the first growths in the Medoc. Lafite for instance has more than 100 hectares of vineyards. It is located on a small plateau – not a steep vineyard but only a slightly elevated area.
The soil is composed of clay and it is different from most other surrounding vineyards.
Christian Moueix introduced green harvesting to the estate to reduce the crop level and Petrus is only based on 100 % Merlot since 2010, even though they used to have a little bit of Cabernet Franc on the estate.
They do not produce a second wine so all of the base wines that do not satisfy their standards are sold off as nameless Pomerol or Bordeaux rouge.
Quality is only one factor when it comes to the price though. I mean you can find wines that receive great scores and are a lot cheaper.
The famous critic Robert Parker was sometimes a bit critical of the estate and in his Bordeaux book he wrote that other Pomerols re on the same level or even better. But Petrus represents more than the best Pomerol can ever offer- it is more like a Myth than a wine.
That is certainly true I remember well the special moments when I was a young sommelier, and someone ordered a bottle of Petrus. Pulling that cork was an honor and the guest who purchased it was our favorite guest of the night …
The wine production is also fairly limited compared to Latour, Lafite, Margaux, and Co. and as demand is high and supply is low the prices shoot up into the stratosphere…
The price is however crazy and I don’t think that there is any relationship between price and quality when it comes to these wines. I also have to say: The Haut Brion that was in second place in the survey would have been a lot cheaper …
The 2004 Haut Brion cost around 700 Dollars a bottle which now sounds like a bargain … It is crazy how flexible our relationship to money is.
The wine that I discovered is from the 2004 vintage which is a solid year but not a great one. This is one of the reasons that the wine was less expensive… still very expensive but less expensive.
Robert Parker wrote this about the wine:
The dark plum/ruby-tinged 2004 Petrus possesses high acidity as well as copious amounts of sweet cherries and black currants intermixed with hints of cola, earth, and truffles. Deep, medium-bodied, concentrated, ripe flavors are excruciatingly firm and tannic. This backward, structured, muscular Pomerol requires a decade of cellaring, but it possesses the potential to be the longest-lived wine of the vintage, lasting 30-40 years. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035.
By: Konstantin Baum – Master of Wine
Title: I OPENED a $3,000 WINE. Was it worth it?
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