Tasting Notes Petrus 1998
Tasted at The White Club's dinner in Basel. Another show-stopping performance from Petrus and easily the finest since the epochal 1990. Served blind no less, it has a deep, youthful, iridescent hue. The nose soars from the glass with precocious dark berries fruit, cedar and crushed stone that almost has a Left Bank intensity to it. The palate is medium-bodied but with incredible precision; layer upon layer of pure fruit
The 1998 Petrus is unquestionably a fabulous effort boasting a dense plum/purple color as well as an extraordinary nose of black fruits intermixed with caramel, mocha, and vanilla. Exceptionally pure, super-concentrated, and extremely full-bodied, with admirable underlying acidity as well as sweet tannin, it reveals a superb mid-palate in addition to the luxurious richness for which this great property is known. The finish lasts for 40-45 seconds. Patience will definitely be required. Production was 2,400 cases, about 1,600 cases less than normal. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2040
Stunning. So deep and characterful yet refined and subtle. It shows aromas of wet earth, mushrooms and dark fruits. Dry black olives come out as well. Full body, firm tannins and bright acidity. Very fresh and just opening up now. Walnut and chocolate character. So youthful. Decant two or three hours before serving.