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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.
90-93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 1998
Very good red-ruby color. Highly aromatic, nuanced nose combines oriental spices, raspberry, iron, rose petal, minerals and cocoa. Concentrated and layered, with terrific inner-mouth flavor and fresh, harmonious acidity. Finishes very long, with even, tongue-coating tannins. Still, not as impressive today as the '96, which I slightly underrated a year ago.
92 Points | Wine Spectator
91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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