Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: February 2, 2013 (JS-98)
Fresh and clean with hazelnut, chocolate and berry character. Truffles too. Full body, with silky tannins and a tangy finish. I like the balance and finesse to this young Lafleur Petrus. So refined and beautiful. Better in 2017.
Source: March 2020 Week 1, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 5th Mar 2020 (RP-92)
Deep garnet in color, the 2010 la Fleur-Petrus features notes of baked blackberries, boysenberries and plum pudding with nuances of saut?ed herbs and tilled soil. Medium to full-bodied, the mid-palate is a little lean, while it has a firm, chewy texture and invigorating finish.
Drink Date 2020 – 2033
Area under vine: 18.7 hectares (45.8 acres)
Soil types: Gravel and deep clay on iron-rich subsoil
Vineyard grape varietals: 91% Merlot – 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
Average vine age: 35 years
Viticulture: Certified HVE 3, Soil tilling (4 ways), Vine growth management adapted to the climatic
Harvest: Manual harvest, Double sorting: manual and optical
Winemaking: In thermo-regulated concrete and stainless-steel vats, Gentle & controlled maceration & extraction
Aging: 16-18 months in French oak barrels (50% new)
Chateau La Fleur-P?trus is one of the most renowned vineyards of Pomerol. This historic estate, situated exclusively on the plateau, was named in the 18th century for its position across the localities ?Petrus? and ?La Fleur?. Established in Libourne since 1937, Jean-Pierre Moueix perceived early on the excellent quality of the Pomerol appellation. Chateau La Fleur-P?trus was his very first acquisition in 1950. Quickly after, he purchased Chateau Trotanoy in 1953.
The personality of Chateau La Fleur-P?trus lies in the careful association of the famous gravel and clay terroirs of the plateau of Pomerol. The vineyard, located at 33 to 38 meters above sea level, draws its identity from the nuances of soil and elevation of each parcel. Those parcels which are dominated by gravel tend to yield wines of great elegance, while those dominated by clay are distinctly velvety, dense, and structured.
Chateau La Fleur-P?trus is composed predominantly of Merlot, which lends silkiness and generosity to the wine. Cabernet Franc, planted on gravel and fine clay, contributes rigor and complexity, while a small percentage of Petit Verdot, planted on fine gravel, offers a hint of spice to the finish.
The wine combines a unique elegance with the generosity and structure typical of the great vineyards of Pomerol. An attentive tasting reveals remarkable refinement, complexity, and a touch of violet.