This wine is more tightly knit and more tannic, but every bit the blockbuster concentrated effort that its younger sibling, the 1990 is. It seems to need more coaxing from the glass, but the color is virtuallly identical - a dense ruby/purple with no lightening at the edge. In the mouth the wine cuts a broad swath, with spectacular intensity, richness, massive concentration, and high levels of tannin, yet the wine is fabulously well delineated and, like its sibling, has a finish that goes on for nearly a minute. It does not seem to be quite as evolved as the 1990, and my instincts suggest there is a bit more tannin, but both are as prodigious as Pétrus can be. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2040. Last tasted. 8/02.
The tannin is well-integrated, but the enormous texture, thickness, and impeccable balance are what make this wine so provocative. It is backward and tannic, thus coming across as marginally more structured than the opulent and flashy. The 1989 should hit its peak around 2005 and last for 25-30 years.
The 1989 Petrus comes across much more backward than the 1990 on this occasion. It is still youthful on the nose considering its age, almost broody at first, intense and focused. If it were an actor, it would be the English actor Tom Hardy in the reboot of "Mad Max". The fruit profile leans more towards black than red, then it unfurls and reveals gorgeous scents of eucalyptus and wild hearth, iron rust and chestnut. The palate is medium-bodied and shows more weight and density than the 1990. What distinguishes this Pomerol is the structure and the symmetry, the manner in which it fans out on the finish with bewitching detail and precision. Fermented grape juice in its myriad of forms, does not get better than the 1989 Petrus when it is in full flight. Tasted at the Petrus dinner at the Épure restaurant in Hong Kong. 2018 - 2045
Tasted at the Pomerol Comparative Exploration tasting in London, the 1989 Petrus has become the pinnacle of that era, just edging away from the 1990 and the 1982 Petrus (this bottle juxtaposed with both here). The first observation is that the colour is slightly deeper than the 1990, whilst the aromatics are more backward and demanded more coaxing from the glass, even though this bottle had been given requisite decanting. However, patience is rewarded as it offers gorgeous scents of blackberry, briary, wild mint and crushed violets, all with astonishing precision. The palate does not disappoint. Perfectly balance and after 27 years as fresh as a daisy, it has a little more intensity than the 1990. The framework of this Petrus is bewitching: symmetrical, tensile and that crucial element, effortless. This just takes perfection in its stride, delivering a crescendo on the finish that is simply breath-taking. Jean-Claude Berrouet and Christian Moueix produced a vinous Vermeer in 1989. 2018 - 2045