Tasting Notes Petrus 1996
Proprietor Christian Moueix's 1996s have turned out well in the bottle. The 1996 Petrus is a big, monolithic, foursquare wine with an impressively opaque purple color, and sweet berry fruit intermixed with earth, pain grille, and coffee scents. Full-bodied and muscular, with high levels of tannin, and a backward style, this wine (less than 50% of the production was bottled as Petrus) will require patience. It is a mammoth example. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2035
Served blind at the “Antique Wine Company” Left vs. Right Bank tasting, I was disappointed with this wine (albeit from a challenging vintage for the Pomerolais.) If I could sum it up, it is like a Petrus with a flat tyre and so no matter how hard it tries to pedal, it does not go anywhere. There is a palpable flatness to the nose that is denuded of fruite, whilst the palate has a rather stern entry, gritty tannins and a dry, slightly mean finish. It is by no means a poor wine, but it is a disappointing Petrus even taking into account the challenging growing season, so my advice is stick to the infinitely superior 1995. Tasted November 2011.