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Community Tasting Notes (39) Avg Score: 95.2 points

  • A sublime bottle of 70 Petrus. Simply spectacular, and a bottle for the ages.

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  • Shoulder level, not a good sample.

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  • Stunning in every way, with its expressive, complex, earthy, spicy aromas of black cherry liqueur, coconut, dark chocolate and truffle. Soft, lush and opulent, everything is in all the right places. I cannot imagine this getting any better. If you are lucky enough to own a bottle, drink it.

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  • Fully mature and soft; impeccably well balanced. Crystalline cool on the palate with fresh herb accents. Sandalwood and exotic incense on the nose; some savory earthiness. A generous giving wine at a good place for drinking now. Probably the best mature Bordeaux I have had.

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  • William's Bachelor's Party (Tonny Restaurant, Geylang Lor 3, Singapore): I absolutely loved this. It had wonderful old Pomerol nose of dried herbs and sweet tobacco, toasted vanilla and fragrant sandalwood spice, all swirling around a core of beautifully sweet plums, raspberries and lovely floral notes. I could have sniffed this all night long, if not for the fact that the wine actually drank (almost) as well as it smelt. The palate was at its seductive peak, with a lovely sense of freshness and energy and perfectly resolved tannins - silk rather than velvet here – setting the scene for a full, plump attack filled with ripe plums and berries. Very yummy, even opulent, and though it did lean out a little by the midpalate, no one would ever accuse this wine of being thin – it always had a wonderful seductive fleshiness to it, even if it seemed rather less voluptuous around the waist and hips than initially promised. Lovely finish too, wonderfully resolved and developed, with gentle but insistent notes of earth and spice and more of those seductive sweet plums drifting away into the distance. This was in fine form and ridiculously delicious. Paired perfectly with roast goose. Yum.

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  • By John Kapon
    The Greatest Petrus Tasting of Them All, 11/14/2012 97 points

    (Petrus) The 1970 Petrus was another great Petrus. The 1975 and 1970 are probably the two best values for great Petrus in the market today. It blows my mind when people pay the same price for 2006 etc, as they do for these vintages. Hellllooooooooooo! The 1970 was stony and muscular, with a broader palate and noticeably more oak, but not in a bad way. The Hedonist admired its ‘great purity and definition.’ I was loving this wine, another beautiful monster that was big and rich, a wine that got bigger and more massive with each sip (97).
  • By John Kapon
    New York Strikes Back, 2/2/2012 96 points

    (Petrus) A great bottle of 1970 Petrus ensued. It was a beast, and a nice counterpoint to the ’59, showing mature and open flavors despite being ten years younger. It had stony and zippy Pomerol fruit, with aromas and flavors of dates, plums and olives. The ’70 was huge with extraordinary acidity and a massive finish, although it did mellow after an hour (96).
  • By John Kapon
    Epic European Vacation, 9/6/2011 97+ points

    (Petrus) The next wine took it up a notch with its more intense and powerful nose.  This wine was full of t ‘n a, and coffee was sprinkled all over its strong alcohol and acidity.  Its nose was 20,000 leagues under the sea deep, and aromas of mocha and mountain jutted up out of its molten core.  The wine was so rich in the mouth, a veritable coffee city along with secondary olive flavors, with noticeable power and lift on its immense finish.  The acidity in this 1970 Petrus was endless (97+).
  • By John Kapon
    From the East, 9/16/2010 95 points

    (Petrus) We closed this magical evening with something with a little more bottle age, a 1970 Petrus. It had that same figgy, coconutty kink as the Le Pin, along with chocolate and rye bread aromas. The aromas then morphed into an incredible blue cheese quality that was confirmed by Sebastien, our token Frenchman. We could taste the blue cheese too! It was quite cheesy, but sooooo good. It was rich and delicious, ‘not a fair fight,’ due to the extra age. Someone noted ‘minty chocolate’.
  • By John Kapon
    Petrus and La Tache, 12/9/2005 95 points

    (Petrus.) This bottle was much better than the last one I had, but only a point ultimately separated my ratings, which is the power of exponentialism at its finest. Sometimes theory wins over practice, I suppose. This bottle of 1970 was creamy and nutty, 'more flowery,' Dalia observed. She continued with 'jasmine, rose, flowers - Mediterranean.' There was also underlying chalk aromas, and its palate was chalky and a bit square, more two-dimensional but still outstanding. Dalia was really into the 1970, especially its nose and its 'passion fruit. I smell a basket of fruit in the South of France in a nice villa.' Hello
  • By John Kapon
    Clos Ste. Hune Vertical at Tse Yang, Dinner in Vegas and a 2002 Blind Aussie Recap, 11/7/2005 94+ points

    (Petrus) was a surprising selection to me, as both Rudy and Rob have recently admitted to giving up on this vintage of Petrus, but I guess they wanted to doublecheck that opinion. Pat noted its 'gamy' quality right away. Its nose was brooding and chunky with a woodsy whiff to it. Molasses, chocolate and almost eucalyptus were also present, and the wine seemed brawny and a bit shy. The palate was very monolithic and rugged; big, bruising yet still with a degree of finesse. Pat found the '70 to be mouthfilling, and it was big and long but still had that kiss of obtrusive wood to its flavors. It was rich but short of outstanding for me despite the increased presence of acid over time and its secondary graham cracker and rye aromas. It did gain and was concentrated but might be considered by some to be a disappointment

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