1995 Petrus, Pomerol 750ml
No wine is more renowned throughout the world than Petrus not only because all the vintages produced are close to perfection, but especially because, in the best years, Petrus pushes back the limits of this perfection.
Petrus is located in the Pomerol appellation on the right bank of Bordeaux, France, and is the most well-known winery in the appellation. The Petrus winery has 11.5 hectares of vineyards. The soil in the garden is pure clay on the surface, a layer of clay below, and a deeper layer of lime soil with high iron content, and has a good drainage system. The grape varieties planted are mainly Merlot, accounting for about 95%; the remaining 5% is Cabernet Franc. Because Cabernet Franc matures earlier, unless the vintage is particularly good, Petrus winery is generally not used for winemaking. The planting density is 6,000 trees per hectare, and the average age of the trees is around 40 years, and some are even 80 years old. The operator takes a more traditional approach to the renewal of the vineyard, that is, through the selection of the best quality vines as the "mother plant", which is the same as the method of eradicating the old roots of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in 1946. The vineyard also adopts strict "fruit control". Each plant retains several buds, and each bud only leaves a bunch of grapes. The goal is to be fully ripe, but avoid over-ripening, otherwise it will affect the delicate flavor of the wine.
Tasting note by Robert Parker
It is interesting how this wine continues to evolve. Unquestionably one of the vintage's superstars, the 1995 Petrus is taking on a personality similar to the extraordinarily backward, muscular 1975. This is not a Petrus that can be approached in its youth (i.e., the perfect duo of 1989 and 1990). The wine exhibits an opaque ruby/purple color, followed by a knock-out nose of pain grille, jammy black fruits, and roasted coffee. On the palate, it possesses teeth-staining extract levels, massive body, and rich, sweet black fruits buttressed by powerful, noticeable tannin. A formidably endowed wine with layers of extract, this is a huge, tannic, monstrous-sized Petrus that will require a minimum of 10 years of cellaring. Forget all the nonsense about Merlot producing sweet, soft, ready to drink wines, because low yielding, old Merlot vines made in the way of Petrus and other top Pomerols frequently possess as much aging potential as any great Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine in the world. Look for the 1995 Petrus to last for 50+ years. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2050.
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