The 2019 is a blend of 97% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, which is similar to recent years. The wine will be aged in 50% new French oak. Deep ruby in colour with a ripe nose of fleshy red cherries and plums. The palate is glossy and round, with creamy vanilla adding complexity to the brambly fruits in the middle. The tannins are chalky and fine, allowing the rich, succulent fruit to shine through to a long, hedonistic finish.
|Score: 17+||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020|
The 2019 La Fleur-Pétrus underwent double sorting, optical and manual, after harvest between 17 September and 3 October. It is matured in 50% new oak. It has a gorgeous bouquet with expressive red and black fruit, intermixed with crushed stone, freshly shaved black truffle and a touch of blue fruit perhaps originating from the 3% Petit Verdot. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, gently grippy tannins, undercurrents of tobacco and earth towards the finish. It actually ends more cerebrally than I anticipated, quite mercurial in the glass. This will require several years in bottle, but it will surely be worth the wait. Superb!
2026 - 2050
|Score: 94/96||Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020|
Very deep purple-black in color, the 2019 la Fleur-Petrus soars out of the glass with vibrant notes of freshly crushed black cherries, warm plums and kirsch with underlying suggestions of wild sage, damp soil, charcoal and unsmoked cigars plus just a hint of Sichuan pepper. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins and bags of freshness supporting the muscular black fruits, finishing long and savory.
|Score: 94/96||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (June 2020 ), June 2020|
This is a genuine, old-school Pomerol with blueberries, wet earth and black tea leaf. It’s full-bodied, yet balanced and beautiful. Traditional and so attractive with a modern tone.
|Score: 96/97||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, June 2020|
The 2019 La Fleur-Pétrus is explosive and heady in the glass. A rush of wild flowers, spice, mocha and licorice gives the 2019 an exotic feel that resonate on the palate, where the wine is rich, ripe and flamboyant. With a bit of aeration, the 2019 shows its shoulders and persistence. I would be in no hurry here, there is plenty still left to come as the tannins soften. I never put stock in numbers alone, but the pH of 3.9 is higher than normal while the acidity above 3 is high. "These are very California-style numbers," Christian Moueix commented.
|Score: 93/95||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020|
92% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. Barrel sample.
There’s a lovely purity and refinement in this wine which also has lift and pep. Floral-violet aromatics, the palate smooth and sculpted with super-fine tannins and juicy, engaging fruit. Long, fresh, clean finish. (JL)
Drink 2028 – 2044
|Score: 17.5||James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2020|