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Crushing on Merlot by Meredith Griffin

Crushing on Merlot by Meredith Griffin

My buddy, Lou and I often mention our dedication to the underrated wine varietal, Merlot, and Lou often reminds me that it comprises one of the most expensive wines in the world—Petrus.

Just recently it was announced a bottle of 2000 Petrus that spent 440 days in space will go up for auction where it is expected to sell for $1 million dollars!

Now, while that will certainly make it one of the most expensive bottles, this is not what my buddy Lou is referring to when he says it’s one of the most expensive wines.

Petrus is a right bank Bordeaux. What does this mean?

The famous wine making region of France, Bordeaux, is split into two main regions often referred to as the right bank and left bank. The Gironde Estuary divides these two regions, with the left bank being to the east and the right bank on the west side. These two areas produce very different styles of wine. The left bank wines are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and the right bank wines are mostly Merlot.

For decades, the left bank wines were famous and considered the best of the region and garnered the highest prices. That is until Petrus gained recognition.

Petrus built up a reputation in Europe after a French businessman, Jean-Pierre Moueix, bought the property in the 1940s. But it wasn’t until around 1982 when Robert Parker praised the wines that they became the most expensive wines of Bordeaux, surpassing the famous left bank wines like Château Margaux and Château Lafite-Rothschild.

A current vintage of Petrus, if you can even get your hands on it will cost around $2,000 per bottle, whereas the most prestigious older vintages will be upwards of $10,000. It is known for its velvety, rich plum and raspberry notes and its aging potential. Like most right bank wines, Petrus is primarily Merlot with a small percentage of Cabernet Franc depending on the vintage.

Considering all of this, it’s truly shocking that the movie “Sideways” caused Americans to balk at Merlot triggering California vineyards to pull up acres of Merlot vines.

We’re not only crushing on Merlot but are moving towards devoted at Major Crush, especially our Pivot Merlot that is featured in the May Crush Collection.

Now, let’s see if this space version of Petrus sells for a price that’s “out of this world!"



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