Tasting Notes Petrus 2002
Tasted blind at Farr's 2002 Bordeaux tasting. It is difficult to get my head around this nose, with ripe black cherries, plum and damson on one side, but a touch of greenness on the other. However, the palate is superb: very harmonious with sensuous, filigree tannins, quite conservative and reserved with a touch of liquorices and sous-bois on the finish. When I discovered this was Petrus, I am convinced this wine is at an awkward, adolescent stage and so should not be touched for another 3-4 years, by which time it should coalesce. Tasted October 2009.
A relatively strong effort for this vintage, but hardly one of the profound examples of Petrus, this wine exhibits a dark plum color and a somewhat monolithic, foursquare personality with notes of plums, black cherries, licorice, and some herbs and damp earth. Medium-bodied, muscular, and tannic, but lacking some charm and sweetness, it should age nicely for 12-15 more years and possibly be even better than my score. Readers who buy it should not even attempt opening a bottle for at least 4-5 years.