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This famous Pomerol property has been run by the Moueix family since the 1950s and produces a wine that is always a classic of the appellation and keenly sought-after. The vineyard is now 18.7 hectares after more parcels were purchased on the plateau of Pomerol and Château Providence amalgamated (the lesser plots - some 5 hectares - being relegated to Lagrange Pomerol). The vineyard is planted with 91% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and (rare for Pomerol) 3% Petit Verdot.
The 2020 La Fleur-Pétrus is quite simply a class act. It delivers a compelling bouquet with black fruit, crushed stone, iris flower, light sea spray scents, freshly tilled loam. Wonderful precision. The palate is medium-bodied with finely-sculpted tannins, a perfectly-judged line of acidity, discretely building towards a mineral-rich finish. I can see this just closing down for a period, so keep a cellar handy.
Purple berry and blackberry aromas with cracked black pepper, violets and lavender. It’s full-bodied and layered and broadens in the mouth. Gorgeous, ripe tannins. Long and thought-provoking. A milestone for the vineyard.
Very deep purple-black colored, the 2020 la Fleur-Petrus leaps from the glass with bold expressions of baked black plums, molten licorice, Indian spices and blackberry preserves, plus hints of charcuterie, black olives and crushed rocks with a touch of unsmoked cigars. The full-bodied palate delivers compelling tension to the rich, hedonic black fruits, framed by firm, grainy tannins, finishing very long and tantalizingly savory. Drink 2026-2056.
The tannins clamp in on the opening beats of the wine and then spend the rest of the palate gently relaxing to let the juice out from the tight black fruits. The frame is both tactile and fresh, a brilliant La Fleur Petrus full of character and spice, bedded down but with a sense of energy and uplift. Black chocolate shavings shot through with eucalyptus, sage, rosemary, spices and cigar box - all of which really extend through the finish. Harvest September 10 to 20. A yield of around 42hl/ha. Deep gravels over clay.
Drinking Window 2028 - 2045
Picked between the 10th and 20th September, Fleur Petrus 2020 consists of 93% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The wine will be aged for 16-18 months in new French oak. Deep ruby colour in the glass. Very lifted and floral on the nose, full of violets and even white flowers, as well as rich, ripe red cherry fruit and a little green peppercorn. The palate is creamy, sumptuous and silky. Voluptuous in red fruit and spherical in texture, this seamless wine is pure joy yet deep with fine-grained tannins. Long, peppery and floral to the finish, this is impressive and harmonious Pomerol.
93% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Cask sample.
First sample: a little flat (oxidation?).
Second sample: fresher, the fruit very much to the fore, the nose fruity and expressive. Plentiful but fine, filigree tannins ensure a refined but present structure. Freshness and overall harmony. Good potential. (JL)
Drink 2028 – 2045
(93% M, 5% CF, 2% PV)
Complex, spicy, herbal-tinged, and mineral-backed Merlot; rich, vigorous, concentrated, firmly tannic La Fleur Pétrus, a fine, firm, long-term constitution; an abundance of sweet yet freshly ripe fruit, long and close-grained across the palate, mouthcoatingly fragrant, elegant, sweet, sappy, very tenacious and aromatically satisfying and with striking length. A great expression of the vineyard, a most beautiful La Fleur Pétrus! 2035–60+.