It says something when you open a bottle of wine that everybody around the table has already declared is almost certainly a fake, and yet it still creates a ripple of excitement.

But that’s what the sight of Petrus 1945 on a label does to people – me included; this was at a supper with friends in Bordeaux about 10 years ago, the bottle provided by a US merchant who said, with admirable honesty: ‘I know this isn’t real, or I wouldn’t be opening it.’


Scroll down to see Jane Anson’s Petrus tasting notes and scores including 2016, 2010, 2009, 2008, 1999 and 1998


It further says something when, of the various people I asked for comments about this estate, a full half of them asked if they could remain anonymous. But that’s what the thought of losing an allocation of Petrus does to people.


See Jane Anson’s Château Petrus tasting notes and scores including 2016, 2010, 2009, 2008, 1999 and 1998

Petrus, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France, 2016

Petrus, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France, 2016
$3,814.00

Bottled in mid-August, this is already taking on the most amazing slow creep of well-defined, crisp violet, cassis, tight black fruits and fig notes; floral…

Petrus, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France, 2010

Petrus, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France, 2010

Maybe surprising to see a Pomerol that is so well-built that it is not anywhere near ready even at 10 years old, but this is…

Petrus, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France, 2009

Petrus, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France, 2009

Truly flavoursome, the blackberry, raspberry puree and rich black cherry fruits here are dense, generous and fully ripe, but manage to retain a savoury rosemary,…

Petrus, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France, 2008

Petrus, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France, 2008
$10,522.00

Tight and firm, yet with incredibly embracing tannins that are still in their early phase of evolution, even though it is 100% Merlot. It’s a…

Petrus, Pomerol, Bordeaux, 1999

Petrus, Pomerol, Bordeaux, 1999

The velvety texture is clear even on the nose, with truffle and chocolate shavings giving a mouthwatering opener. This is a lighter-framed Petrus than the…

Petrus, Pomerol, Bordeaux, 1998

Petrus, Pomerol, Bordeaux, 1998

Richly-scented like you wouldn’t believe, earthy truffle, undergrowth, black olive and rosemary fill the glass as your nose hovers over it, and don’t let up…


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