Glorious news! Fine wine importers Great Domaines have been appointed the importers and distributors of Petrus wines. In fact, the first allocation, the 2014 vintage, has already arrived at the Great Domaines cellars.

In 2013, Petrus, producers of one of the most highly regarded wines in the world, decided to revise their sales and distribution strategy by creating its own distribution company called Clés Distribution. Great Domaines was invited to tender for the right to import and distribute Petrus. Derek Kilpin, (Great Domaines’ General Manager and co-owner) and his colleague, met with Clés Distribution in Bordeaux and three months later, they received the good news. “It really is a privilege for Great Domaines to represent an estate of this stature and it’s truly humbling” says Kilpin.

Petrus estate focuses on its own unique terroir – 11.5 hectares on a blue clay plateau in Pomerol, France – and unusually old vineyards, which are only replanted after they reach 70 years of age. The wines produced are 100% Merlot and the estate is dedicated to ensuring the highest levels of  quality.

“The addition of Petrus to our portfolio embodies the values that Great Domaines has been built on from the beginning. Our vision is and always has been to make the best wines in the world, at the fairest prices possible, available to wine-lovers in South Africa so these great wines can be bought, cellared and shared. One of the most important guarantees, which is part of our standard business practice, is that all the wines we import come direct from each producer’s cellar. This guarantee of provenance is a critical feature with the amount of counterfeit and fraudulent wine appearing on an ongoing basis in the world of fine wine today,” says Wayne Visser, founder of Great Domaines. Our other Bordeaux wine imports naturally come directly from the cellars of reputable négociants.

“Great Domaines gathers qualities to be the partner of Petrus in South Africa thanks to its experience in the local market, its expertise to develop the selective distribution essential for the finest estates and its philosophy focused on the human values which give the final customer a faithful translation of our mutual passion and efforts,” adds Christophe Jacquemin Sablon.

For more information, visit Great Domaines’ website.