1973 Château Petrus

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  • 78 WS
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SKU: 56193-1973-750-2A

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    In the first issue of THE WINE ADVOCATE (which was sent free of charge since no one had any interest in a publication by someone named Robert Parker), this was one of my top picks in what was otherwise a critical look at the diluted 1973 vintage. I ended up buying a half case of the 1973 Petrus (for $15 a bottle!). The wine was so delicious, as well as surprisingly concentrated for a 1973, that I drank all of it in its first decade of life. In a recent blind tasting, this magnum still revealed the wine's marvelous fruit and precociousness. Although it does not possess the power and richness of a great vintage, it is an outstanding Petrus. It offers a surprisingly intense, spicy, sweet, mocha, and black-cherry-scented nose, medium to full body, admirable fruit and purity, and a long, lush, super-soft finish displaying a trace of herbs and tea. This generously-endowed, velvety-textured wine has been fully mature for nearly two decades, yet it exhibits no signs of decline - rather amazing!
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 78

    Not unpleasant for a wine from such a weak vintage, with simple earthy, minty aromas and flavors. A rather green, unripe flavor detracts, however.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Base neck filling. Truffle and truffle! 1973 is really small vintage, indeed, but very tasty Petrus. This didn't have long finish and good density, but had silky smooth Merlot in it. Yes it has passed its peak, but still alive. Extraordinary effort for this vintage. Maybe this Petrus is a wine of this vintage. Fine.
    Drink Dates: 1990-2000
    Author: hirok
Petrus is a made almost entirely of Merlot grapes grown in Bordeaux's right bank Pomerol appellation. Although never officially classified, the chateau has long been considered on par with the First Growths from the left bank. The ownership of the estate has passed between the Arnaud family in the 19th century, to Madame Loubat at the end of WWII, and finally to Jean-Pierre Moueix in recent years. Petrus's clay soil is rich in iron and the estate's average vine age is 40 years. Chateau Petrus produces approximately 3,000 cases of wine each year. The most legendary vintages for Petrus include 1945, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1955, 1959, and 1961, in addition to recent success in 1982, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2000 and 2003. Petrus's flavor profile typically features aromas of ripe mulberry, black currant and spicy vanilla oak. The wine has incredible power, depth and richness which allow it to age for decades.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 34 bottles owned
  • 21 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 21 collectors)