Buy the exceptional Chateau Petrus 2018 from Bottle & Glass Wine Merchants.
Despite the wines of Pomerol not being included in the famous 1855 Classification of Bordeaux, nor having been subsequently classified, Château Pétrus is widley regarded not only as the finest wine of the appellation, but also one of the finest of Bordeaux.
Pétrus is owned by négociant Jean-Francois Moueix. The estate's 11.5ha vineyard sits at 40 metres elevation, making it the highest on the Pomerol plateau. Stephen Brook's terrific book 'The Complete Bordeaux' (3rd Edition 2017) has plantings at 97% merlot and 3% cabernet franc, although he notes that cabernet franc hardly ever enters the final blend, which is usually 100% merlot. The vineyard is renowned for its famous "buttonhole" of blue clay.
Provenance is the most important thing when buying a wine like this. The wine was purchased en-primeur and has been stored in a temperature controlled cabinet since it's arrival.
The reviews for the 2018 Petrus are outstanding.
"The 2018 Petrus has retained its opaque purple-black color after bottling, foreshadowing the seemingly frozen-in-time glacial pace at which this wine is proceeding. It opens very reluctantly, requiring considerable air with vigorous swirling and doggedly demands a few hours before it offers glimpses at this slumbering giant of a wine. As it eventually unfurls, it slowly morphs into a powerful, fantastically pure nose of preserved plums, blackberry preserves and blueberry compote, followed by nuances of molten licorice, dark chocolate, black truffles, iron ore and, still later, floral notions of lilacs and rose oil come through. The full-bodied palate is taut, muscular and oh-so-tightly wound at this stage, revealing peeks at many, many layers of perfectly ripe black and blue fruits, exotic spices and earthy notions for which words simply fail. The texture is at once rock solid and fantastically plush, with impeccably knit freshness, finishing so long you really can't taste or think of anything else for the rest of the day. Here is a heart-stopping titan that puts paid to all those naysayers who contest that perfection in wine cannot exist. It will require a good 8-10 years to hit its stride, then it is very likely to outlive us all, but you will want to make certain you drink this one before you go. 2029 - 2080."
100 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate, March 2021.
"The 2018 Petrus is every bit as grand as I thought it could be. A wine with no start and no end, the 2018 envelops all the senses from the very first taste. It is at times intellectual, while in other moments more hedonistic, but it is always a total turn-on. Silky and layered, with exquisite finesse and depth to burn, the 2018 Petrus is unquestionably the wine of the vintage on the Right Bank and one of the handful of truly unforgettable wines of the vintage. As I wrote when I tasted the 2018 from barrel, I have never tasted a young Petrus with this much sheer class. It's an absolutely brilliant effort Petrus and Technical Director Olivier Berrouet. 2028 - 2068."
100 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, March 2021
"This wine leaves me speechless. It has so much intensity and density with fantastic ripe fruit with spices, dark berries and walnuts and hazelnuts Currants and licorice. Violets and earth. Full-bodied, very, very tannic yet polished and beautiful. Lasts forever on the palate. Reminds me of the great 1998"
100 points, James Suckling, April 2019.