Tasted at the Pomerol Comparative Exploration tasting in London, the 1998 Petrus must surely be the decade’s pinnacle of the Right Bank. The aromatics are a masterclass of control and precision, yet it is also one of the most intense bouquets that has ever been produced at the estate. Dark berries, black truffle, hints of violet and iris, a touch of Indian ink burst from the glass all with otherworldly delineation so that the aromas never overwhelm. The palate is supremely controlled with filigree tannin, a silver bead of acidity and utter harmony. Compared to a few years ago, this Petrus appears to have calmed down since its exuberant youth, gaining maturity and sophistication. This is a "complete" Petrus that is magnificent in every department.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2060
Robert Parker 98.25
Juxtaposing the aromatics of the Petrus against L’Eglise-Clinet, although the former does not quite have the depth of fruit intensity, it has just slightly greater delineation. It just builds gloriously in the glass, multi-dimensional, quite exhilarating nose of blackberry leaf, red cherries, pomegranate and that mineral intensity that is utterly beguiling. The palate has a subtle entry, wonderful balance with filigree yet firm tannins lending the wine real backbone. Exquisite poise and tension, slightly graininess in the last third that has a slight tang of bitter cherry and blood orange. Very powerful, but a Petrus coiled and waiting to pounce in 5 to 10-years. Tasted March 2008.
Very dark. Quite tight on the nose. A little modest on the finish without the great breadth of richness one expects from this wine. Not an outstanding bottle. Very subdued.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030