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Chateau Petrus, from a prime vineyard on well-drained clay soil atop the Pomerol plateau, has for decades stood as the world's greatest example of Merlot. Petrus's rise to the top, however, was rather meteoric, happening all at once in the second half of the 20th century.
95-98 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 1999
Saturated ruby-purple. Knockout multidimensional aromas of pungent spice, raspberry, mulberry, minerals and iron filings; has a distinctly sappy, liqueur-like aspect. Pure sweetness supported by firm structure; a vibrant, extremely intensely flavored wine with an almost three-dimensional texture. Really explodes in the mouth. Finishes with firm but noble tannins and terrific grip. Potentially the greatest Petrus since the monumental 1990, and, along with L'Eglise-Clinet, a strong early candidate for wine-of-the-vintage honors.