95-100 / 100
95-100 / 100
DOMAINE DE LA ROMANEE CONTI Marey Monge 1998
Romanée Saint Vivant
DOMAINE PEYRE ROSE Clos Syrah Leone 1998
Coteaux du Languedoc
CHÂTEAU LEOVILLE BARTON Magnum 1998
VIEILLE JULIENNE Vielles Vignes 1998
Châteauneuf du Pape
CHÂTEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES 1998
The 1998 Petrus is unquestionably a fabulous effort boasting a dense plumpurple color as well as an extraordinary nose of black fruits intermixed with caramel, mocha, and vanilla. Exceptionally pure, super-concentrated, and extremely full-bodied, with admirable underlying acidity as well as sweet tannin, it reveals a superb mid-palate in addition to the luxurious richness for which this great property is known. The finish lasts for 40-45 seconds.
Although it wasn’t universally accepted as such, the 1989 Petrus was my wine of the night. The 1989 Petrus will go down as one of the Big John Studd wines of all-time. We’re talking Secretariat on his farm, wearing his wreaths the year after he won the Triple Crown, collecting checks for filling the fillies. Yeah, that kind of good. Its nose was Deep Purple, as in the fruit and the rock stars. Big, rich and creamy, this wasn’t rich, this was wealthy. Its acidity could not be denied as the longest and strongest, and anise added just the right amount of kink. Of course, The Inspector was the one who couldn’t deal with this young behemoth, even though I know he is a secret Bordeaux lover lol.
Fantastic. Dark ruby color with hints of purple. Glorious aromas of blackberry, tobacco, cedar and slightly wet earth. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a fabulous finish. This is subtle and refined. Wonderful length. Tasted side by side with the 2000 Pétrus, it is clearly better. Today, I give it two points higher than previous tastings. Perfection.