Pétrus 1990


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Tasting Notes

The 1990 Petrus remains incredibly young, one of the least evolved wines of the vintage (along with Montrose and Beausejour-Duffau). This dense ruby/purple-colored effort is beginning to hint at the massive richness and full-bodied intensity lurking beneath its wall of tannin. The vintage's sweetness, low acidity, and velvety tannins are present in abundance, and the wine is massive in the mouth as well as incredibly pure and well-delineated. I thought it would be drinkable by now, but it appears another 5-10 years will pass before it begins to reach its plateau of maturity. This wine is capable of lasting at least four more decades. An incredible achievement! Drink 2014-2054.

Score: 100Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (183), June 2009

Score: 100Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, July 2008

Score: 100Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

The wine is phenomenally rich and well-endowed, with that sweet innercore of fruit that possesses layers of intensity. The colors are nearly opaque purple, and the noses are similar, with offerings of jammy black fruits, intertwined with scents of tea, overripe cherries, oranges, and an exotic coconut/caramel component. The 1990 Petrus will reach full maturity 3-4 years earlier and last just as long.

Score: 100Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (109), February 1997

The 1990 Petrus is a fabulous wine even if I have found more bottle variation than the 1989. This is incontrovertibly a great bottle, better than the one poured at the "Pomerol Comparative Tasting". It has a sensual and heartwarming bouquet of mulberry, raspberry, autumn leaves, wild heather and a touch of roasted chestnut. There is something animally about this Petrus that you might ascribe to brettanomyces but in this case it is just the character of the secondary aromas. The palate is rounded and smooth. Supple and languorous, there are layers of red fruit infused with sage, thyme and black tea. The 1990 is extraordinarily persistent, a crescendo that dares to show up the imperious 1989 that is more linear and “correct” by comparison. The 1989 might be a better Petrus, however, you could argue that the 1990 is simply more enjoyable. Tasted at the Petrus dinner at the Épure restaurant in Hong Kong. 2018 - 2035

Score: 97Neal Martin, vinous.com, September 2018

Tasted at the Pomerol Comparative Exploration tasting in London, the 1990 Petrus has always been an extraordinary wine, although in recent years I feel that the 1989 Petrus has edged in front, just by a nose mind you. Now at 26 years of age, it has a substantial bouquet with mulberry and red plum aromas, leather, balsam, juniper berries and undergrowth aromas. It might not quite possess the sophistication of the 1989 but your sense must be malfunctioning if you are not seduced by this heady cocktail. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, supple in the mouth with more roundness than the 1989 plus enormous depth. There is layer upon layer of dark berry fruit infused with sage and thyme, hints of Vervain tea towards the long finish. Nowadays, it might not be close to perfection, perhaps superseded by modern-day winemaking. And yet, the untrammelled pleasure contained in this wine is irresistible and with that in mind, I suspect that only large formats would improve with age. 2018 - 2035

Score: 90Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2018

Score: 18.37Group Tasting, Blind 1990 Tasting, September 2000

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