2003 Petrus

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / POMEROL
  • 95 WA
  • 98 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Merlot
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SKU: 56193-2003-750-1B
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($1; 500-$2,000) Deep, healthy red-ruby color. Multidimensional aromas of mulberry, plum, smoked meat, leather and mocha are at once vibrant and slightly wild. Then sweet, densely packed and powerful, and showing little or no sign of the excesses of the vintage. This has a wonderfully tactile texture and great breadth on the back end. The tannins are sweet but firm and serious, giving the wine outstanding grip-even a touch of youthful austerity-for a 2003 from the right bank. This really coats the mouth. I'd keep my hands off this wine for at least seven or eight years.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 98

    Extraordinary nose of berry, chocolate and flowers. Amazing, jaw-dropping quality. Full-bodied, with supersilky, seductive tannins and a finish that lasts for minutes. Out of this world. 2,000 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    Fleshy, fat, and already sexy, the dark plum/purple-tinged 2003 Petrus is exceptionally ripe and rich. While not as exotic as its rival, Lafleur, it is rich, heady, and loaded. A tour de force in winemaking for Pomerol, it vindicates Christian Moueix's decision to harvest nearly all his Merlot on September 3 and 4, and the Cabernet Franc on September 17. However, production is tiny ... less than 1,700 cases. Full-bodied, powerful, and exceptionally pure without losing its nobility and elegance, this stunning Petrus can be drunk in 2-3 years or cellared for three decades.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Mid crimson with some ruby hints. Very, very broad smudgy, rich nose. Velvety sweetness. Very, very youthful. Slightly dry end. Throat warming, cinders. Long. But terrifically youthful. Sweet like sucking artificial coals. Very slightly cheesy - lack of refreshment. Furry, indistinct.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
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  • 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

    • 637 bottles owned
    • 97 collectors