Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP100)
A prodigious Petrus, this wine has that extra level of intensity and complexity that is monumental. The magic is clearly Petrus, and the 2000 will always be an interesting vintage to compare to another legend in the making, the 1998, or more recently, of course, the 2005, 2008, and 2009. Extremely full-bodied, with great fruit purity, an unmistakable note of underbrush, black truffle, intense black cherries, licorice, and mulberry, the wine seems to show no evidence of oak whatsoever. It has a sumptuous, unctuous texture, plenty of tannin, but also vibrancy and brightness. This is a remarkable wine that seems slightly more structured and massive than the 1998, which comes across as slightly more seamless, as if it were haute couture. This wine needs at least another 5-10 years of cellaring and should age for 50+ years.
Elegant, this starts slowly, unveiling stylish tobacco leaf and singed sandalwood notes first, with the core of soft plum cake and dried currant fruit taking time to catch up. When it does, the finish takes on new life, with warm tar and ganache flavors filling in and expanding the experience. A wine that seems to be growing still. I'd hold off a bit longer.—2000 Bordeaux blind retrospective (December 2015). Best from 2018 through 2028.