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Château Pétrus--Vintage 1981

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Estimate: US$6,000 - US$9,000
Price realised:  US$7,800
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Château Pétrus--Vintage 1981
6 magnums per lot
Château Pétrus So recent is Pétrus's fame that at the end of the war with the remarkable 1945 vintage safely in barrel that hardly a buyer of Médoc wine even knew about this obscure little estate near Libourne. The great post-war champion of Pomerol - indeed Pétrus - was the late Ronald Avery, head of Avery's of Bristol. By buying up much of the post-war vintages up to 1955, some in bottle, others in cask, he set forth on a plan to put Pétrus and Pomerol in the minds of fine wine buyers. The next major personality to complement the efforts of Avery is the legendary négociant Jean-Pierre Moueix, the sole agent for Pétrus since 1947, who in 1961 inherited a portion of the estate (the balance went to two nieces of the late owner, Madame Loubat). Three years later Moueix purchased one of the niece's share and effectively became the man in charge. It is Jean-Pierre's son, Christian that now runs the estate and who is the face of Pétrus to the world. Château Pétrus--Vintage 1981 Pomerol, cru exceptionnel Levels: five into neck and one bottom neck; slight signs of seepage In original wooden case "Opulent but blunt. A splendid pairing with the Ch Cheval Blanc at my klassische Weindegustation in Zurich, surprisingly less deep, less intense; with mulberry-ripe richness; fleshier, rounded, powerful finishMost recently, one of a really terrific line-up of over 50 top wines at a Christie's pre-sale tasting in New York. Sweet. Delicious. Last noted Dec. 1997 **** " MB, Vintage Wine 6 magnums per lot

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: An Evening Sale: Highlights from a Superlative Modern Cellar
Date of the auction: 14 Mar 2008
Address: Christie's
14 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Center