La Fleur Pétrus 2010


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Tasting Notes

This wine has a character similar to its cross-street neighbor, Petrus, displaying sweet mulberry and intense black fruit characteristics, with a hint of vanillin and loads of black cherry jam. Full-bodied, extravagantly luscious, with a skyscraper-like mid-palate and phenomenal length of close to 50 seconds, the wine has plenty of tannin, but the voluptuous fruit, power and overall glycerin and intensity tend to conceal much of it. Elegant but compellingly rich and authoritative, the 2010 is a truly magnificent wine for this estate, which has one of the finest terroirs in all of Pomerol. Forget it for 5-7 years and drink it over the following 30-35.

This 2010 is one of the most remarkable wines ever produced at this estate. The vineyard, about the same size as Petrus at 35 acres, is virtually all Merlot, but there is some Cabernet Franc in the final blend.

Score: 97Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013

This is an incredible effort from this 35-acre vineyard (almost the identical size as Petrus). I had visited the 2010 Petrus about an hour before I had La Fleur Petrus. I was dumbfounded - it appeared to have a character nearly identical to the great Petrus! The fabulous 2010 La Fleur Petrus boasts a dense purple color in addition to a big, sweet perfume of mocha-infused black raspberry and black cherry fruit that is extravagantly rich, textured and long. Super-pure, deep and full-bodied, this remarkable wine will be one for the history books. The tannins are elevated, but the depth of fruit and richness are amazing. For those who will never be able to afford a bottle of Petrus, this is about as close as one can get to the aromas and flavors of that mythical wine. It should drink well for three decades or more.

Score: 95/98+Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

The La Fleur-Petrus 2010 is the dark horse of Pomerol, the one Right Bank cru that surpassed not only my expectations, but indeed those of everybody else that participated in the tasting. It has a slightly muffled bouquet at first, although it gains clarity with aeration, with marine-influenced black fruit that is neatly folded into the oak. The palate is medium-bodied and the acidity well judged. Structured and quite masculine with fine focus and tension, this is fans out beautifully towards the long, sophisticated finish. This is a supremely well-crafted wine, one to go out and grab now before it's too late. Tasted January 2014.

Score: 97Neal Martin,, February 2014

Tasted at the offices of Ets J-P Moueix, the La Fleur-Petrus has wonderful clarity and precision on the nose. It is timid at first, but eventually offers subtle notes of black cherries, cassis, crushed stone and plum jam. This expresses its terroir effortlessly. The palate is medium-bodied with a broody, ferrous opening. The acidity cuts through the intense black fruit with ease but the finish is much more inward looking than the Hosanna. The finish is supremely well focused with outstanding persistency. Tasted November 2012

Score: 96Neal Martin,, February 2013

Tasted at JP Moueix. Deep garnet in colour, the La Fleur-Petrus has a ripe, opulent bouquet with blackberry, dark cherries, crushed violet and just a hint of blueberry pie. Good delineation and mineralité here. The palate is full-bodied, powerful, a little spicy on the entry and energetic in the mouth. Very good weight with touches of truffle and a dash of white pepper sprinkled over the dense black fruits, a touch of tar on the tannic finish. There is a lot of bravura on this La Fleur-Petrus though it needs to nurture a little more substance to pull it off. Great potential though. Tasted April 2011.

Score: 93/95+Neal Martin,, April 2011

Deep garnet in color, the 2010 la Fleur-Petrus features notes of baked blackberries, boysenberries and plum pudding with nuances of sautéed 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. 2020 - 2033.

Score: 92+Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2020), March 2020

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.

Score: 98James Suckling,, February 2013

What a complex nose of dark fruits, truffles and wet earth. Fascinating. Full, yet super long with ultra refined tannins and a long, long finish. It is tannic and muscular but polished and reserved. It?s a wine with refinement and ower.

Score: 98/99James Suckling,, March 2011

Light, well-mannered nose. Rather more savoury than sweet and with very polished tannins. Quite different from its peers in terms of structure. Nothing overdone. Almost muted. But already a fine, rather elegant drink. The tannin/fruit balance is pretty clever. 14.5%
Drink 2020 – 2038

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW,, March 2020

Bright dark crimson. Ripe and gamey, almost animal. Very strong impact and still embryonic but with lovely savour after the impact of the sweet fruit - but overall the tannin and acid of 2010 make this a very distinctive Fleur Pétrus. Nothing hedonistic about this. And not especially persistent.

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2011

This famous Pomerol property has been run by the Moueix family (of Petrus) since the 1950's and produces a wine that is always a classic of the appellation and keenly sought-after. Virtually 100% Merlot, this is big and very juicy with wonderful intensity. There is lots of power and ripeness here yet it is in perfect balance and harmony, with lovely polished and poise. A velvety, smooth texture with sumptuous warmth and cashmere tannins. Pure, hedonistic pleasure, this is what Pomerol is all about.

Score: 18Farr Vintners, April 2011

Powerful flavours fill out the nose and give weight and richness on the palate. The voluptuous sweetness is balanced by firmer black cherry the freshness giving a bright feel towards the back. The back palate has depth of flavour layers of fruit and a lovely complex mix of flavours.

Score: 91/95Derek Smedley MW, April 2011

Score: 94Tim Atkin MW,, April 2011

My 'coup de coeur' from the J-P Moueix stable this year. In a vintage of power this exudes elegance and finesse. Lovely fruit expression. Refined tannins. Long, persistent finish. Harmonious. Drink 2020-2040. (18.5 points)

Score: 18.5James Lawther MW,, April 2011

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