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1998 Petrus Pomerol
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  95-98
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  100
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 98
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About Petrus

Chateau Petrus, from a prime vineyard on well-drained clay soil atop the Pomerol plateau, has for decades stood as the world's greatest example of Merlot. Petrus's rise to the top, however, was rather meteoric, happening all at once in the second half of the 20th century.

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1998 Petrus Pomerol

Producer: Petrus
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Merlot
Origin: France
Region: Bordeaux
Appellation: Pomerol

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95-98 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 1999

Saturated ruby-purple. Knockout multidimensional aromas of pungent spice, raspberry, mulberry, minerals and iron filings; has a distinctly sappy, liqueur-like aspect. Pure sweetness supported by firm structure; a vibrant, extremely intensely flavored wine with an almost three-dimensional texture. Really explodes in the mouth. Finishes with firm but noble tannins and terrific grip. Potentially the greatest Petrus since the monumental 1990, and, along with L'Eglise-Clinet, a strong early candidate for wine-of-the-vintage honors.

100 Points | Wine Spectator
98 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Bordeaux is the planet's largest source of fine wine, the model for Cabernet Sauvignon- and Merlot-based wines around the globe. Bordeaux wines are considered by many wine connoisseurs to be the world's greatest reds.


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