Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Petrus 1947 (J. Vandermeulen-Decannière label)
Not the first time I post pictures of that particular bottle, but I like that bottle. It is a valuable piece of history. It is also a remnant of a time long gone, when the Châteaux were still selling entire barrels of their wine to Negociants and other wine merchants (in Britain, Belgium, Netherlands, etc...), who in turn aged the wine in their own cellar, prior to bottle it and dress the bottle with their own labels and capsules.
People may say "it is fake", but no, it is real. I had many opportunities to inspect it properly, and it is not a counterfeit. Moreover, it is a bottle that was bought, back in 2013, as a part of a series of J. Vandermeulen-Decannière bottled wines offered at a Christie's wine auction.
Interestingly the colour of the bottle is red/amber, instead of the usual green (antique or darker), which is not unheard-of, but still quite rare.
Another interesting detail is the mention of "1er Grand Crû Pomerol" on the label, which on the Chateau label occasionally also appeared as "1er des Grands Crus Pomerol" and sometimes even "Cru exceptionnel" on certain labels from certain vintages.
As Petrus label constantly changed with each vintage, even sometimes for the same vintage, as they used different printers and different fonts (yes, even for the same vintage), Petrus label is perhaps one of the easiest labels to counterfeit, making it one of the most difficult wine label to inspect and verify its authenticity.
Always very privileged and humbled to be in the presence of such an old lady, a gem of a bottle, and take care of her.
LeDomduVin (a.k.a Dominique Noel)
PS: Just a reminder that these bottles are not mine and they do not belong to me. They belong to a private cellar I take care of occasionally. And I probably will never get the chance to taste them.
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