Robert Parker 97
Tasted at Benoit restaurant in New York. This is my second bottle in just over a month and it is perhaps even better. Here it offers a sensational bouquet with black rather than red fruit, hints of thyme, sage and broom, the delineation utterly profound. The palate is perfectly balanced with both intensity and elegance to spare. The fruit remains intact but melted and decayed, absorbed into the secondary flavours of black truffle, tobacco, hints of Christmas cake and a long, languorous liquorice-tinged finish. This is just a fabulous Pomerol and a fabulous Petrus. Tasted April 2013.
Another Penning-Rowsell bottle served (blind) alongside he 1971 and much less steady than the ’71. On occasion a tad angular but overall glorious. Full evolved – not a trace of tannin. Still a very firm crimson with development at the rim. Gamey nose. Tasted like a fairly cool vintage. Then it showed regular flashes of Petrus lusciousness.
Anticipated maturity: 1990-2026
The 1970 Petrus (magnum) was sweet, generous and full-bodied if surprisingly simple considering its reputation.