2020 La Fleur Petrus

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Wine Critic Reviews for 2020 La Fleur Petrus

Purple berry and blackberry aromas with cracked black pepper, violets and lavender. It’s full-bodied and layered and broadens in the mouth. Gorgeous, ripe tannins. Long and thought-provoking. A milestone for the vineyard.

James Suckling | 99-100 JS
The tannins clamp in on the opening beats of the wine and then spend the rest of the palate gently relaxing to let the juice out from the tight black fruits. The frame is both tactile and fresh, a brilliant La Fleur Petrus full of character and spice, bedded down but with a sense of energy and uplift. Black chocolate shavings shot through with eucalyptus, sage, rosemary, spices and cigar box - all of which really extend through the finish. Harvest September 10 to 20. A yield of around 42hl/ha. Deep gravels over clay. Drinking Window 2028 - 2045.

Decanter | 97 DEC
One of my favorite wines in the vintage is the 2020 Château La Fleur-Petrus, which reminds me slightly of the 2016, even though the growing season was quite different. A blend of mostly Merlot with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, its dense purple color is followed by a heavenly, ethereal Pomerol offering a powerful, almost Petrus-like sense of stature and density that carries incredible cassis and currant fruits as well as notes of graphite, crushed stone, chocolate, and violets. Flawlessly balanced on the palate, with a dense, layered mid-palate and building, perfect tannins, I just hope it shows this well from bottle! It should, at a minimum, match – and probably surpass – the 2009, 2016, and 2018.

Jeb Dunnuck | 97-100 JD
The cool clay of this vineyard shows well in the freshness of this impressive wine. It gives the structure that will allow it to age. With richness assured through the tannins, the wine has great promise.

Wine Enthusiast | 96 WE
Very deep purple-black colored, the 2020 la Fleur-Petrus leaps from the glass with bold expressions of baked black plums, molten licorice, Indian spices and blackberry preserves, plus hints of charcuterie, black olives and crushed rocks with a touch of unsmoked cigars. The full-bodied palate delivers compelling tension to the rich, hedonic black fruits, framed by firm, grainy tannins, finishing very long and tantalizingly savory.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 95-97 RP
The 2020 La Fleur-Pétrus is wonderfully elegant and polished. Fine tannins give the 2020 its sophisticated feel. Succulent red cherry, cedar, tobacco, smoke and dried herbs all build. A whole range of floral, savory and mineral notes infuse the finish with tons of character. Medium in body and persistent, with real linear energy, the 2020 is all class. La Fleur-Pétrus is, above all else, a wine of understatement and elegance. The 2020 is especially fine.

Antonio Galloni | 94-96 AG

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Producer La Fleur Petrus: With only 800 hectares under vine in Pomerol and divided among 150 producers, land is scarce, highly coveted and considered a special privilege. Pomerol is considered the smallest of all the major Bordeaux wine producing appellations; the smallest estate being a miniscule .5 hectares (Chateau Enclos Tourmaline ) while the largest is a whopping 47.5 hectares (Chateau de Sales). With 18.7 hectares under vine, the historic estate of Chateau La Fleur-Petrus sits on prized soil located exclusively on the Pomerol Plateau and is lauded as one of the most renowned vineyards in the entire appellation.

The Right Bank estate, which takes its name from its two closest neighbors (Chateau Lafleur and Chateau Petrus) has a long history in the appellation of Pomerol, dating back to the 18th century. The original chartreuse (classic, French, country-styled chateau) was built in 1782 and continues to grace the property to this day. Due to its position across the localities of ‘Petrus’ and ‘Lafleur’ the estate was aptly named and sold its wine under the name ‘Petrus Lafleur’ during those early years. When the property came under the ownership of Jean-Pierre Moueix in 1950, the estate was renamed to Chateau La Fleur-Petrus, as we know it today.

Jean-Pierre Moueix established his family business (Etablissements Jean-Pierre Moueix) in Libourne in 1937. At that time, the wines of Pomerol were not yet widely recognized; however, Moueix being a visionary, foresaw the great potential both in the Merlot grape and its ability to age when grown in the best terroirs in his adopted region. Cabernet Franc was one of the early varietals planted in Pomerol but was slowly be phased out or reduced in favor of Merlot, which thrived in the native terroir. Moueix, with his incredible intuition and foresight began augmenting his merchant business with the acquisition of several well-known vineyards, starting with Chateau La Fleur-Petrus (named Petrus Lafleur when acquired) which he took possession of in 1950.

The single-block vineyard, which is unusual for Pomerol, is located at 33 to 38 meters above sea level atop the Pomerol Plateau. The terroir is composed of gravel and deep clay on iron-rich subsoil. The 18.7 hectare vineyard draws its identity from nuances of soil and the elevation of each parcel. The parcels dominated by gravel yield wines of great elegance, while those dominated by clay are distinctly velvety, dense and structured. Moueix’s respect and understanding of the terroir and its marriage to the appropriate varietals in the optimal soil structure has created harmony in the vineyard and a wine that is an ethereal expression of the land itself.

La Fleur-Petrus is composed predominantly of Merlot (91%) which lends silkiness and generosity to the wine. Cabernet Franc (6%) planted on gravel and fine clay, contributes rigor and complexity, while a small percentage of Petit Verdot (3%) planted on fine gravel offers a hint of spice to the finish. Due to low yields, a mere 2,500 cases are produced annually.

The vines are on average 35 years of age, planted a stone’s throw from Chateau Petrus (which resides across a dirt path) and abut the vines of Chateau Lafleur. Despite proximity to its famous neighbors, the terroir is quite different from either due to La Fleur-Petrus’ unique mix of fine gravel-stones and clay soil. There is little if any of the infamous blue clay which the vines of Petrus and Lafleur thrive in; however, this does detract in any way from the quality of wines produced at La Fleur-Petrus as they have become a benchmark for the region in their own right.

Today, the second and third generations, Christian and Edouard Moueix are continuing the legacy of La Fleur-Petrus, further expanding the brand that has become internationally recognized and beloved. It is an icon for success and an inspiration for growers and makers not only in Pomerol, but all Right Bank of Bordeaux.
Region Bordeaux: Even among the greatest and most reputable wine regions on the planet, Bordeaux stands above the rest. The winemakers of this region have a single-minded dedication to the fine art of viticulture and their efforts never fail to show. If you consider yourself a fine wine enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to visit Bordeaux - life changing. Whether you wish to drink some inspirational and gripping wine as soon as possible, or you want to add some masterpieces to your collection, no region on Earth is a more obvious choice.

The noble and beautiful Garonne and Dordogne rivers surge through southwestern France, enriching the soil in a way very few other places can boast. The limestone-based earth is rich in calcium, and the almost oceanic climate conditions give the staple Bordeaux grape varietals vigor and flavor like nowhere else. For their illustrious reds, Bordeaux winemakers rely on a proven combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Meanwhile, a sip of their excellent white wine hints at the use of Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc.Each of these varietals carries a unique identity, making every quality wine a character piece to rival Citizen Kane. It can be incredibly hard to choose only a few wines to collect for your cellar!
Subregion Pomerol
Appellation Corton Charlemagne
Climat/Vineyard Les Demoiselles
Cru Grand Cru
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Type of Wine Bordeaux Red: Picture in your mind a combination of cedar, lead pencil, blackcurrant, plum and mineral aromatics, and texture that caresses your palate like a playful lover. The experience is thrilling from the first whiff to the final seconds of a tannic, generous finish - that is what you'll get from a Bordeaux Red
Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend: The inhabitants of the Bordeaux region of France have been cultivating wine-grapes for thousands of years. Ancient Roman ruins litter the vineyards from Saint Emilion to Graves where the art of blending Bordeaux varietals has been practiced and perfected over a very long history. Bordeaux’s climate, terroir and soils, though varied, provide the optimal growing conditions for the red grape varietals planted in the region.

Rarely listed on the labels as “blend,” the red wines of Bordeaux are perhaps the most artfully designed and celebrated in the world. The calculated art of blending the native Bordeaux varietals is impressively accomplished in the most famous winegrowing region in the world. The phrase Bordeaux Blend which seems to have been coined by British wine merchants in the 19th Century relates as much to wines made from the blend as to the grape variety combination itself.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and occasionally Carmenere are the lead characters in the creation of Red Bordeaux Blends. Each plays a part in their own fashion and implemented in various combinations and percentages in each appellation within Bordeaux. Red Bordeaux Blends are majorly composed of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, roughly making up 90% of all Bordeaux Blends. Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec (occasionally Carmenere) are also important components and vital to the production of the region’s red wines.

For simplicity, the winegrowing region of Bordeaux can be divided into three main appellations producing Red Bordeaux Blends; the Left Bank (Medoc), Right Bank and Pessac-Leognan (Graves). The Left Bank has a terroir comprised of a wide variety of gravel, stones, sand, limestone and clay soils on a natural terrain of gentle slopes. This sets the stage perfectly for the production of Cabernet Sauvignon, which is the dominant grape of the Left Bank. For example, Chateau Lafite (Paulliac) is composed of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Right Bank is dominated by clay and limestone with sand and gravel, but the clay in the Right Bank is distinctly its own and adds to the health, growth and vitality of the vines of the varietals grown here. Right Bank wines are typically 80% Merlot-based, which are often denser, richer and mature earlier than those of the Left Bank (with exceptions – Petrus for example). Merlot is a vital component to Pomerol winegrowing and making. Cabernet Franc also plays a major role in the Right Bank, most notably, in Saint Emilion, where the infamous vineyards of Chateau Ausone and Chateau Cheval Blanc are planted to 55% and 52% Cabernet Franc, respectively. Chateaux that produce wines with a majority of Cabernet Franc are considered “old school” producers, but have perfected the use of Cabernet Franc, which was originally used as a blending grape.

Pessac-Leognan (Graves) enjoys a temperate climate, natural hygrometry influenced by the ocean, and has a terroir composed of gravelly soil over a clay subsoil on sloping, hilly terrain. Natural drainage due to the hilly terrain as well as the gravelly soil structure are perfectly attuned to the Cabernet Sauvignon grape vine, which prospers under these conditions. Pessac reaps the benefits of having the terroir of both the Left and Right Bank as it contains gravel and clay. The clay sub-soil allows the growth and success of Merlot, as well as Cabernet Franc. It is home to the only First Growth not in the Medoc. The 50-hectare vineyard of Haut Brion is planted to 45.4% Merlot, 43.9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.7% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.

The percentage of Petit Verdot and Malbec may be lesser in quantity, but not in quality. They are vital to the region’s creation of Red Bordeaux Blends. The combination of Bordeaux varietals is legendary in the region, around the world and has influenced winegrowers worldwide to plant and vinify wines which resemble those of Red Bordeaux Blends.

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