The 2018 La Fleur-Pétrus has a gorgeous, ravishing bouquet with blackberry, raspberry, black truffle, juniper and bay leaf, all beautifully defined. It is almost decadent, but it is very delineated and in no way seems over-powering. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe and "solid" tannins, wonderful acidity and pure black, truffle infused fruit. Where it just falls a little short is towards the finish, which does not possess the complexity and sophistication of the 2018 Trotanoy tasted alongside. Maybe an unfair comparison, but it is still bloody good. Drink 2023-2045.
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2019|
Composed of 91% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 la Fleur-Petrus has a medium garnet-purple color and opens softly and quietly with perfumed nuances of violets, potpourri, underbrush and garrigue with a core of warm plums, blueberry compote and raspberry pie plus touches of smoked meats and crushed rocks. Medium-bodied, the palate is charged with wonderfully energetic red and black fruits, framed by fine-grained tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing beautifully fragrant.
|Score: 94/96||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019|
This is a tannic and structured red with loads of walnut, hazelnut, dark-berry and wet-earth character. Full-bodied yet tight and reserved. Muscular and beautifully formed.
|Score: 97/98||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
The 2018 Lafleur-Petrus is a stunning wine. Creamy, ample and generous, the 2018 has it all. Silky tannins and bright floral notes give the 2018 an air of sophistication to play off the rich, textured fruit. As good as the 2018 is on first impression, it is also magically persistent, with an eternal finish and fabulous balance.
|Score: 94/97||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019|
91% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot on deep gravel and clay on iron-rich subsoil. Barrel sample.
Inky crimson with purple rim. Dark, ripe black fruit and a slight lift of violets – perhaps the touch of Petit Verdot? Subtle but intense black fruit. Lots of fruit but also an overlay of slightly charry oak. Concentration and fine fruit, with sufficient freshness, all in embryo. Savoury, long, tangy finish with a touch of dark chocolate as an aftertaste. (JH)
|Score: 17||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
Deep ruby colour with a bright but ripe nose of red and black cherries, layered with sweet vanilla and peppery spices. The palate is rich and powerful, with ample structure that is wonderfully refined, giving an effortless intensity to the crunchy, juicy cherries and plums the core. This will age well in bottle, but the harmony and lift here makes this joyous and succulent to taste from barrel. The spice is integrated and subtle, allowing the fruit to shine on a long, focused finish. A fantastic Fleur Petrus.
|Score: 17.5+||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
The 2018 Château La Fleur-Petrus checks in as a blend of 91% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. It's another inky colored beauty that boasts full-bodied richness and depth as well as thrilling notes of crème de cassis, kirsch, dried flowers, incense, and spice. With subtle background oak, flawless balance, and ultra-fine tannins, this brilliant effort will be drinkable with just short-term cellaring and keep for two decades or more.
|Score: 95/97||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019|
A brick house, featuring steeped currant and plum fruit, scored by tobacco, bay leaf and charcoal notes. A great tug of earth lurks underneath, but there's plenty of fruit to handle it. This is a big one.
|Score: 96/99||James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, March 2019|
This is extremely good quality - intense, concentrated, inky but not a wine to rush. It takes its time in the glass, with the floral aromatics only beginning to curl out after five minutes before revealing an obvious supple and rich texture alongside fruit that packs a punch, so densely knitted together it feels as though you're walking across a bed of blackcurrants. The wine shows the ambitions of this property but things are not as effortless as in the brilliant 2016 from La Fleur Petrus - my guess is that the gravel soils suffered just a touch more than usual in the heat of the summer. 3.9pH.
Drinking Window 2026 - 2040
|Score: 96||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2019|
(91 Merlot, 6 Cabernet Franc, 3 Petit Verdot) What a wine! The volume of fruit and the amplitude of flavour both start off on maximum impact and then they don’t drop in the slightest until the very end of the finish. This wine is packed with incredible energy and this force of character and flavour is breath-taking. The length is amazing and the whole experience shows that this label is on top form in 2018.
|Score: 18.5+||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|