The very word Petrus rings like a legend in the ears of the oenophile…exotic and magical. The liquid in the glass has been known to induce reverent silence as its enormous, almost roasted flavor envelops the palate. One of the world’s most distinguished and prized wines, this magnificent 1982 Château Petrus is the product of an alchemical combination of clay and Merlot. So much more than the sum of its parts, the wine is wild and heady—something every true wine aficionado needs to experience at least once in their life.
Petrus does not taste like any other Bordeaux—part of its magic is its stupendous originality. Redolent with spice, coffee, cinnamon, chocolate, plums, dark cherries, truffles, wet earth, and fresh flowers, the very best vintages (of which 1982 is one!) offer a texture that is all but other-worldly. A great favorite of Jackie and John F. Kennedy, this rare wine inhabits a world of its own.
Petrus is made almost entirely of Merlot grapes grown in Bordeaux’s right bank Pomerol appellation; although never officially classified, the Château has long been considered on par with the First Growths from the left bank. Petrus’s clay soil is rich in iron and the estate’s average vine age is 40 years. Due to its small (11.4 hectare) size, Château Petrus produces only 3,000 cases of wine each year. The wine has incredible power, depth, and richness which allow it to age for decades.