In the 19th century, Château Pétrus was owned by the Arnaud family and was virtually unknown. Starting in 1929 Madame Loubat began to buy shares in the Château and by 1949 she was the sole owner. Her other vision was to team up with the négociant house of Jean-Pierre Moueix in 1945, which, coupled with this very successful vintage began the “great age of Pétrus”. These two people were key in changing the perception of Pétrus. By the 1960s Pétrus gathered fame from being served at the wedding reception of HRH Princess Elizabeth and Philip as well as being considered the special wine of the Kennedy’s. After the death of Madame Loubat in 1961, the family sold half of the estate to Jean-Pierre Moueix and the Château is managed today by his sons Jean-François and Christian Moueix.
Pétrus is now one of the most famous and expensive wines in the world. The small perfectly kept Château is located on a plateau in the eastern part of the Pomerol appellation near the border with Saint-Émilion. The wine itself is made almost exclusively from Merlot grapes with Cabernet Franc occasionally used. This leads to a distinctive, rich taste with a typical nose of spice, truffles and chocolate. Pétrus is often described as powerful with a high concentration of red fruit and most vintages age wonderfully for many decades producing complex tertiary flavours.
The quantities of Pétrus produced are very small and despite Pomerol wines never having been classified the global demand is immense. Today Pétrus is served on the tables of Russian Oligarchs, Asian businessmen and royalty from around the world. This demand coupled with the sumptuous wine produced on the estate leads to even higher prices than the First Growths on the left bank of the Gironde.