A sexy, soft, fleshy, medium-bodied, fully mature Pomerol, the 2003 La Fleur Petrus possesses notes of jammy cherries, licorice and underbrush. It will not improve any further, so drink it over the next 5-6 years. Drink 2014-2020
|Score: 89||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014|
An open-knit Pomerol, the 2003 exhibits a medium ruby color, an opulent, sweet cherry-scented nose, low acid, plump, round flavors, a fragile constitution, but an incremental richness that builds on the palate. A light effort for the vintage, it comes across like a round, juicy Pinot Noir because of its sweetness of fruit and expansiveness. Drink it over the next 10-12 years, although it may last even longer as its balance is impressive.
|Score: 89||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006|
|Score: 88/91||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005|
Proprietor Christian Moueix insisted that I include in my notes that the press wine (usually 1-4%) had not yet been added to this offering, which should give it more weight and structure. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by sweet black cherry fruit, a hint of wild strawberries, a sweet, medium-bodied texture, pure, elegant flavors, and moderate tannin in the finish. It will not make tasters forget the brilliant 2000 or 1998, but it is a well-made 2003 Pomerol. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2014.
|Score: 90/92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (152), April 2004|