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Heady prices for Chateau Petrus

The most famous fine French wines have traditionally come from the Medoc, a region north of Bordeaux. True wine lovers think nothing of paying $80 for a 1982 bottle of Chateau Lafite or Chateau Mouton. But many discriminating connoisseurs are paying even more for a once obscure, less aristocratic wine: Chateau Petrus. Produced for more than 130 years but virtually unknown in the U.S. until the 1960s, Petrus comes not from the famed Medoc but from a region to the east called Pomerol, which used to be disdained in Bordeaux wine circles. Now Chateau Petrus commands $250 a bottle for the...

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