Slightly bricky garnet. Sweetly developed aroma of dried fruit and spices with a touch of herbaceousness too – and just a very slight hint of mint. Complex and unusual, perhaps odd? A sort of minty sweetness that reminds me of aged Coonawarra Cab. Much drier on the palate than I expected. Tannins are finer grained than most but relatively dry. Then it comes back juicy at the very end. A conundrum that really needs a whole evening to mull over. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2011-2020
Robert Parker 95+
Fleshy, fat, and already sexy, the dark plum/purple-tinged 2003 Petrus is exceptionally ripe and rich. While not as exotic as its rival, Lafleur, it is rich, heady, and loaded. A tour de force in winemaking for Pomerol, it vindicates Christian Moueix’s decision to harvest nearly all his Merlot on September 3 and 4, and the Cabernet Franc on September 17. However, production is tiny … less than 1,700 cases. Full-bodied, powerful, and exceptionally pure without losing its nobility and elegance, this stunning Petrus can be drunk in 2-3 years or cellared for three decades.
Anticipated maturity: 2008-2036