The name Petrus seems to date back to the establishment of the vine by the Romans in the region of Libourne. This is wrong. Petrus is a very small location that appears only in 1837 in the history of wine.
The owners appreciated correctly that the position of this little land above Pomerol and the quality of the clay soil favored the creation of a great wine able to rival the best Saint-Emilion on the condition that it is planted in merlot vine. It did not matter that the property was not a château but only an old farmhouse !
They were right. Since the Second World War, Petrus has become one of the top French red wines. The brand has totally relied on quality by caring the vines throughout the year, using only new barrels and scrapping the lower lots of grapes without offering them under a substitute name.
Since 1950, three vintage years have been completely suppressed due to hail or other damage, explaining that a Petrus vertical always has these gaps. This fact may disturb the collectors and the verticals of this great wine are scarce at auction.