The 2017 La Fleur-Pétrus has the most expressive and flamboyant bouquet from the J-P Moueix range and I can see why Edouard Moueix is smitten by its early showings. There is a mélange of red and black fruit, crushed violet and a distant tang of the sea (or should that be the Dordogne river?) The palate is medium-bodied with succulent tannin, quite rich of the vintage but not overpowering or glossy, delivering a velvety smooth second-half that caresses the senses and leaves you utterly beguiled. If am to quibble, it just misses a little complexity and nuance on the finish but otherwise...très bon vin. Drink 2022 - 2045.
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018|
A final blend of 91% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the very deep garnet-purple colored 2017 la Fleur-Petrus has quite an earthy nose, sporting notions of black soil, mossy bark and truffles over a core of cassis, mulberries and plum preserves plus hints of espresso, anise and peppercorns. Medium to full-bodied, firm, grainy and with great freshness, the sturdy frame supports generous black and blue fruits with earthy accents and fantastic length.
All the Ets Jean-Pierre Moueix wines are final blends. According to the company’s president, Christian Moueix, most of their frost damage happened within Lalande de Pomerol. At Château de Bel-Air in Lalande de Pomerol, there is absolutely no production this year. The lower parts of Pomerol are down by around 33%, including Châteaux Plince, Lagrange, Lafleur-Gazin and Bourgneuf.
|Score: 94/96||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018|
There’s a slightly smoky edge to the nose with a wealth of ripe dark and red plums, as well as violets, blueberries and wet earth. The palate is very plush and smoothly arranged with a very attractive weave of ripe, supple tannin and a long, fresh and fleshy hold on the finish. The tannins are discreet but deceptively long here. It builds. Try from 2023.
|Score: 96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2020|
This rolls over the palate with dark berries, dark chocolate and hints of cedar. Medium to full body, tight tannins and a lovely tension. Shows finesse and beauty.
|Score: 95/96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018|
The 2017 Lafleur-Petrus is dazzling. Bright, lifted and precise, the 2017 captures all the best qualities of the vintage in its radiant fruit, expressive aromatics and silky tannins. A wine of pure and total sensuality, the 2017 is impressive from the very first taste. Medium in body, gracious and exceptionally polished, the 2017 simply has it all. In a second tasting, the 2017 showed darker tonalities of fruit and more muscle, which suggests it is a Pomerol that will have much to say over the coming years and decades. Tasted two times.
|Score: 93/96||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2018|
Deepest crimson. Fragrant with pure dark fruit and graphite mineral character. Firm, savoury and dark-suited. Not terribly expressive but beautifully contained and balanced. I love its restraint with fruit at the core.
|Score: 17+||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2018|
Very exuberant on the nose, with creamy cherries and plums, and a little baked vanilla. Roasted coffee bean comes through on the seductive palate, which is supple, plump and round, taming the acidity of the vintage and allowing layers of cherry, plum, and even damson to shine through. This is a really hedonistic offering with cashmere texture and superb precision. The long finish points to great ageing potential, but it is so delicious from barrel that we expect it to also drink well in youth.
|Score: 16.5||Farr Vintners, April 2018|
Brooding black fruits, the nose has depth sweetness the palate the fleshy richness of ripe black plums. The velvety mid suppleness is underpinned by some fresh black fruits good balance with ripe black fruits enriching the finish. 2025-36
|Score: 91/95||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2018|
A powerful, muscular wine fully representing the slightly more masculine style that the Christian Moueix stable has exhibited over the past few years. This is an estate that has been fascinating to watch develop, as it sets to establish its own identity in the post-Petrus era on this side of the family. Ambitious and well-constructed, it has clear ageing potential. There was no frost here, so they were able to benefit from an early-budding year. That kick of Petit Verdot gives a clear shot of dark, exotic spices through the finish - Christian Moueix was responsible for its addition a few years ago. An excellent La Fleur Pétrus, one of the wines of the vintage in Pomerol.
Drinking Window 2025 - 2040
|Score: 95||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018|
This is a very masculine LFP and it has a dark, malevolent side to it which is a little terrifying. The oak and spice are all-consuming and the fruit is doing a great job of managing to keep its head up with all that is going on around it. The balance is amazing considering the dimensions of the tannins and the scale of the acidity and yet this is not a big wine as such. I will be fascinated to see how this wine evolves.
|Score: 18+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018|