90-94 / 100
90-94 / 100
Info US importation label
CHÂTEAU MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 1997
BEL ORME TRONQUOY DE LALANDE 1997
DOMAINE DE LA ROMANEE CONTI 1997
The 1997 Petrus had a nice nose with pleasant plum, cocoa and mineral aromas along with touches of olive and saddle, and a pinch of greenness. At age fifteen, the ’97 seemed to be hitting its sweet spot. The palate was lighter than the average Petrus, but it was soft and tasty with cherry flavors. James admired its ‘black olives, meat and chocolate’ and found it almost Burgundian in character. While it didn’t have the richness of a great Petrus, it gained a bit in the glass and was quite pleasing overall.
The backward 1997 (2,300 cases produced) needs 3-4 years of cellaring. The dense plumrubypurple color is accompanied by a closed bouquet of mocha, dried tomato skin, and black fruits. In the mouth, it is one of the most muscular 1997s, exhibiting outstanding concentration, length, intensity, and depth, copious tannin, and a fine mouth-feel.
This is a forgotten Pétrus. Good dark color, with lovely plum and light raspberry aromas. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a fresh, fruity finish. A beauty. Fresh and long. Slightly better than when I tasted it a few years back.
Not as deep as expected and plummy coloured; better flavour than nose which I had given my lowest points. Medium sweet, rather coarse fruit.