($1; 400) Bright ruby-red. Knockout nose combines mulberry, raspberry liqueur, toffee, iron and minerals. Silky and thick on entry, then extremely dense and backward in the middle palate, with superripe notes of liqueur, game and truffle. A remarkably impressive, rather wild Petrus in an almost late-harvest style. Finishes with big, thoroughly ripe tannins and gamey merlot flavors of roasted meats, truffle and red berry liqueur. Like the 2000 Trotanoy, this wine may not match the 1998 for sheer class, but it’s a massive, flamboyantly rich wine with a good 30 to 40 years of development ahead of it.
Robert Parker 100
A prodigious Petrus, this wine has that extra level of intensity and complexity that is monumental. The magic is clearly Petrus, and the 2000 will always be an interesting vintage to compare to another legend in the making, the 1998, or more recently, of course, the 2005, 2008, and 2009. Extremely full-bodied, with great fruit purity, an unmistakable note of underbrush, black truffle, intense black cherries, licorice, and mulberry, the wine seems to show no evidence of oak whatsoever. It has a sumptuous, unctuous texture, plenty of tannin, but also vibrancy and brightness. This is a remarkable wine that seems slightly more structured and massive than the 1998, which comes across as slightly more seamless, as if it were haute couture. This wine needs at least another 5-10 years of cellaring and should age for 50+ years.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2065
Mid-crimson with a pale rim. Very, very, vibrant crimson. Intense, ripe, and briary nose, but with great vigour, too. Very warm and spreads across the palate. Lots of tannin under the great, warm embrace of vigorous, yet very, very ripe, fruit. Quite severe finish. Extremely seductive and almost hides those pretty fierce tannins. Great warmth and weight underneath.
Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025