Tasting Notes and Scores
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.
Tasted at Bordeaux Index annual 10-year on tasting from an ex-château bottle. The 2004 Petrus has a light bouquet compared to say, the 2003 or 2005 with red cherries, pomegranate, dried herbs and cold granite, although I was expecting more vigour and depth. The palate is medium-bodied with a lovely, caressing entry of strawberry, fig, a touch of fresh prune and even honey. It is lithe in the mouth with racy acidity that lends it tautness on the linear finish that just glides to its denouement. This is an approachable mellow Petrus that is best enjoyed over the next decade. Tasted March 2014.
Mature, brick-hued mahogany; fine early bouquet of sweet mature ‘caramel’ merlot; rich, supple, fleshy middleweight Petrus with a freshly defining acidity; ripe, easy, flowing wine, long and flattering to taste, a gentle racy complexity, with a light minerality behind the ripeness and flesh and really fine length; burgundian in its overall ease of flavor, with a (notable) generosity of ripe fruit in the context of the vintage. That abundant fruit presence makes this most satisfying already, a noticeably early maturity for the property. Better, of course, with more time in bottle. 2016 – 40+ [M Schuster March 2014]