1992 Petrus, Pomerol
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1992 Petrus is clearly one of the two candidates for the 'wine of the vintage.' The normal production of 4,500 cases was severely reduced to only 2,600 cases, resulting in an atypically concentrated, powerful, rich wine with a dark, saturated ruby/purple color, a tight but promising nose of sweet black-cherry fruit, vanillin, caramel, and herb-tinged mocha notes. Concentrated and powerful, with superb density of fruit and richness, as well as wonderful sweetness to its tannin, this is a brilliant effort for the vintage. The wine requires 3-5 years of cellaring and should keep for 15-20+. (RP)
93-94 points Wine Advocate's Neal Martin: "First tasted at the Arches when the lovely Ivana offered a glass in July 2002. Rounded herbal, minerally plummy nose. Very good depth. Palate more concentrated than 1993. Again quite herbal, good fruit concentration with notes of plums and mocha. Quite an exuberant wine which outclassed the 1993. Very enjoyable Petrus and perhaps under-estimated by some people. Tasted again in March 2004 from the splendid imperial: the nose is muted at first but evolves with aeration. There is lovely sweetness amongst the plummy aromas. The palate has good concentration for a 1992, still backward with notes of roasted herbs and burnt toast. Good depth. Raisin, espresso finish. Good length. Very fine."