Colour: crimson through to the core. True brilliance as well. Big legs.
Nose: remarkable: an explosion of herbs, forest fruits, cedar, currants & blueberries. Perfumed with luscious sweetness on the nose (which almost makes you light-headed).
Palate: ephemeral. Not massively unctuous, as I was expecting, but elegant, possessing a level of structure, poise and balance that I have not experienced with merlot (even fine Pomerol). The tannins grip but with silk gloves. The fruit & secondaries are integrated and lovely. Remarkable allspice, cinammon and other exotic spices on the finish. Saddle leather, suede, pipe tobacco & cloves emerge as well. But with refinement and structure.
Truly amazing. In flavour this, being my first sampling of the legendary Petrus, is worth its reputation. It is indeed the equal of the greatest wines in the world and not simply a status symbol. However, it is tremendously overpriced. And not worth the outrageous mark up it receives. For what you pay for this wine you could have 2 magnums of Mouton Rothschild 1985. And I'd choose the latter.
Tasted 4/9/05 at Naughton