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Lot size: 1 bottle of 750 ml each Wine type: Red, 1961 vintage
Tax status: Duty PaidQuestion Mark Origin: Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
Fill level: Very Top Shoulder (VTS)Question Mark Grape variety:


Sold in excellent condition for its age, with the label, and capsule fully intact with signs commensurate with age only, and a superb level; this quite legendary wine (regarded as only 2nd to the great 1947 Cheval Blanc as being the greatest wine of the 20th century) has been very well looked after for the near 50 years of its life, having spending nearly all of it lying undisturbed in a private French country cellar. Please see the pictures for evidence of condition of this bottle.

1961 was one of the candidates for the vintage of the century, and many iconic wines were produced. The 1961 Petrus has been consistently given perfect 100/100 scores in tastings since. Tasting notes as follows:

100 points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
January 1996
An estate only needs to produce a handful of wines such as the 1961 Petrus to garner an international following. Not surprisingly, the 1961 Petrus was pure perfection. This fully mature wine possesses a port-like richness (reminiscent of the 1947 Petrus and 1947 Cheval Blanc). The color revealed considerable amber and garnet, but the wine is crammed with viscous, thick, over-ripe black-cherry, mocha-tinged fruit flavors. Extremely full-bodied, with huge amounts of glycerin and alcohol, this unctuously-textured, thick wine makes for an awesome mouthful. Imagine a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup laced with layers of coffee and cherry, and encased in a shell of Valrhona chocolate! The notes for this wine are taken from the description of Series III - Flight D of the 1995 tasting conducted in Munich by Helga and Hardy Rodenstock.

100 points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
January 1994
Tasted 12 Times With Consistent Notes The 1961 Petrus is consistently a perfect wine. Fully mature, and more evolved than several of its neighbors (i.e., the 1961 Latour a Pomerol), it offers a huge, sweet nose of ginger, mint, exotic spices, and gobs of jammy black fruits. Its extraordinary viscosity, sweetness of fruit, and heady alcohol level, as well as its remarkable extract, make for one of the most sumptuous, hedonistic bottles of wine anybody could ever consume. The color is revealing noticeable amber/rust, and the tannin has melted away. This decadent bottle of Pomerol is at its peak of maturity; drink it over the next 10-15 years.


Community Tasting Notes (average 100 pts. and median of 100 pts. in 3 notes)
Tasted by Anonymous on 1/6/2008 & rated 100 points: (1076 views)

Tasted by The Wine Bum on 12/2/2005: Claret that's considrably older than me, 1959-1961; 11/15/2005-12/15/2005: The big one. I don't think I've ever anticipated a bottle as much as this one; it was my most emotionally significant bottle, it had the grandeur of the name, the allure of Terroir, the reputation of 1961 and the fact that I could never under any foreseeable circumstances ever actually afford to drink another Petrus. All these ratcheted up the excitement level to a point when it was always going to be difficult to fulfill its destiny. The hyperbolic notes I had read about it didn’t help either, I was expecting and 'blockbuster' quasi-religious experience - all from a bottle of wine. It wasn't that it was disappointing, just a totally different taste sensation than I had been expecting. The nose was a little mystical, though that could have been the sandalwood reminding me of hippier days,. The fruit was vibrant, very ripe and positively mouth-watering. Espresso, bitter chocolate, lapsang, iron fillings, pencil sharpenings all featured in the decades of nuance on the nose. The palate was no 'blockbuster' though. Rich and showing the famed ripeness of 1961, but it was not the power I felt but the depth. The most startling thing for me was that it still felt young, there was plenty of tannic backbone and a amazing freshness. Combined with the subtleties of age it was a powerful experience. You know the lyric ‘I wish I knew what I know now, when I was younger’. Well this bottle of wine did. It showed all the complexity and wisdom of 45 years in the body of a teenager. Quite remarkable (2365 views)

Tasted by Richard Jennings on 9/28/2003 & rated 100 points: Petrus 1921 - 1966, all the great years, in Magnum (Melisse Restaurant, Santa Monica, California): From magnum - started with a tight nose that opened to deep blackberry. An elegant, stately parade of deep espresso fruit across the palate ended in a finish of over 90 seconds. And it kept getting better as it sat in the glass. 100+ pts. (1371 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, Assorted Notes from THE CELLAR (10/11/2006)
(Petrus) followed out of magnum and actually had the best structure components in the nose of the three Pomerols so far, perhaps the magnum factor. There was lots of anise and tannin present, with great plum, mocha, mineral, alcohol and earth. Tight out of magnum, it was powerful, restrained and still opening up, almost ready for college 98+ points

The suggested dealer value of this monster wine is around £6,000 ex-vat and upwards, although it's availability at the time of writing is very scarce. I have set a reserve and buy it now price that is comfortably well below this, and is extremely fair and generous, given the rarity, condition and prestige of this bottle. You will note that this particular bottle is not a chateau-bottle, but a Mise Loubat negociant bottle. Very common practice indeed during this time. I believe that 1961 was the very last year that Ch Petrus allowed its wine to be bottled by negociant and every bottle from every subsequent vintage was chateau-bottled. In any case, it should be noted that in 1961 Edmond Loubat was personally involved in the production at Ch Petrus and indeed was significant shareholder in the estate too.

The bottle will be sent very securely packaged and fully insured on receipt of cleared funds. Alternatively, collection in person would also be welcome. As would any inspection prior to bidding. I would be happy to send any pictures to you too - in case you wished to see the bottle in greater clarity.

Please note; if paying via Paypal, 3.5% will be added to the final invoice to cover Paypal's modest charges.

Please ask me any questions you have. Please also see my other bottles for sale - including bottles of 1945, 1947 and 1950 Petrus in similarly excellent condition.

Shipping details

Payment methods: PayPal, cheque, bank transfer, Please note; if paying via Paypal and please notify me first so I can add 3.5% to the final total to cover Paypal's modest charges.
Returns policy: Not specified
The wine can be collected: From postcode EC2A, LONDON, United Kingdom
Shipping Method: Postage will either be Royal Mail or courier - destination and cost pending. Collection in person can also be arranged - from either London (City) or Colchester.
Shipping paid by: buyer
Cost of delivery: UK - £15. Overseas - please ask. Postage within UK will be by way of Royal Mail Special Delivery - which is both next day (usually) and fully insured. Most couriers do not insure glass containers.
Delivers to UK and Singapore
Other countries delivered to: Bottles can be posted overseas if required, but please email me before bidding to ask for cost.
Insurance options: Postal insurance is included for UK delivered bottles. Overseas - please ask.

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