102.19 Angry Monkey Riding a Hungry Chicken. Now that's some goooood shiz!
From a distance, it may seem odd to call Petrus "a breath of fresh air", but this year, Petrus was my top spot in terms of both wine and overall experience. En Primeur is filled with weird vibes. Chateau tastings are a bit longer than speed dating (30 min or so). These can be either awkwardly silent, or uncomfortable as you listen to an owner, technical director, or some dude in an uncomfortably tight suit, tell you about "sophistication,elegance and concentration", while you are trying to evaluate a barrel sample that may be concentrated, but as pleasing and elegant as getting beaten by post-apocolyptic, hobo-savages.
Petrus is none of that. It is warm. A place you'd almost want to linger, even though there are no grand sights or views. From what I tasted of the 2011- It was one of the few wines, that at this stage, had true balance, and was not an over-extracted mouth of bitter, chocolate flavored, sawdust, sprinkled with kiddie crack (aka pixie stix).
Last year's visit was similar in vibe, but the 2010 wine showed so much alcohol that began to sweat in stinky places.