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The dark plum/ruby-tinged 2004 Petrus possesses high acidity as well as copious amounts of sweet cherries and black currants intermixed with hints of cola, earth, and truffles. Deep, medium-bodied, concentrated, ripe flavors are excruciatingly firm and tannic. This backward, structured, muscular Pomerol requires a decade of cellaring, but it possesses the potential to be the longest lived wine of the vintage, lasting 30-40 years. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035.
Petrus has to take a back seat to Lafleur in this vintage as it does not reveal the potential complexity of that wine. Nevertheless, it exhibits a deep ruby/plum/purple color, superb ripeness and richness, amazing density, moderate tannin, and a long, heady finish. Notions of mulberries, black cherries, licorice, truffles, caramel, and toasty oak emerge from this big Pomerol. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030
Petrus's 2004 production (3000+ cases) was nearly twice what was achieved in 2003 and 2002. Surprisingly broad, dense, and opulent (a descriptor not often applied to 2004 Bordeaux), it possesses a deep ruby/purple color, terrific purity, and notes of mulberries, sweet cherries, black fruits, scorched earth, Chinese black tea, and a hint of truffles. With full body, moderately high tannin, and impressive depth and length, it should be at its apogee between 2011-2025+.
Offers crushed berries, with chocolate and light vanilla. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit, silky tannins and caressing texture. Very harmonious and pretty, with a balanced palate. Best after 2008.
Deep, bright crimson. Relatively light nose - almost timid. Neat concentration of fruit on the palate but no splendour. A little bit of iodine, some digestive biscuits. Only medium weight. Well corseted in terms of sandy tannins. Some notes in the background waiting to develop but this wine may be taking good manners just a stage too far. It will be many years before it grabs our attention, I think.Drink 2015-25
Sweet ripe plums overlaid with a touch of vanilla. And some lovely sweet nutmeg spice and the merest hint of something meaty starting to show through. Complex and extremely inviting. Subtle, fresh and smooth but not yet velvety - though it's on the way.Drink 2010-2024. Date tasted 16th Feb 09.
This is probably not a great Pétrus, but it's an exceedingly good one. It has more complexity than the other Moueix wines, with an opulently sweet middle, very good intensity of red and black fruits and that extra bit of flesh, with real tannic and oak finesse, blanced by almost lean, fresh acidity. AR's note finished: 'a slim but not anorexic supermodel'. 2012-2035