Bordeaux Chateaux

Chateau Lafleur-Petrus, Pomerol 2015

R5,995

A fine Pomerol with great balance, producing remarkable wines of nuances and power and lingering finishes

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Description

Description

 

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Additional information

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Grape Variety

Bordeaux Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Other Varietals

Producer

Bordeaux Chateaux

Product Type

Red Wine

Vintage

2015

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Indulgence, Icon & Invest

Wine Region

Bordeaux, Bordeaux – Right Bank

Critics Top Rating

99 points

Story

Story

Château La Fleur-Pétrus is a Pomerol estate that has been owned by Jean Pierre Moueix (who also owns Pétrus and Trotanoy) since 1952.

Situated between Châteaux Lafleur and Petrus, Château La Fleur-Pétrus took its name in the 18th century. Jean-Pierre Moueix, who established his wine merchant business in Libourne in 1937, purchased La Fleur-Pétrus in 1950. This historic estate on the plateau of Pomerol was his first vineyard acquisition.

A few years after it was purchased, Bordeaux was hit by its worst frosts in living memory and most of the vineyards at Lafleur-Pétrus were destroyed and had to be replanted. La Fleur-Pétrus’s 9.08 hectare vineyard is on a plateau east of Pomerol sandwiched between Lafleur and Pétrus.

Specifications

Specifications

Soils – rich in gravel and deep clay on iron-rich subsoil. The vineyard is made up of three parcels on the plateau of Pomerol with altitudes averaging 33 to 38 meters above sea level. The pebbly soils from the northern parcel yield a wine of great elegance with notes of black cherries. The center plot, known for its summer heat (the area is called “Tropchaud”), produces a wine of tremendous suppleness with a hint of plum. Wine from the southern parcel is particularly velvety, dense, structured, with a pronounced nose of blackcurrant.

Average age of the vines – 35 years

Blend – Merlot 90%, Cabernet Franc 10%

Winemaking – La Fleur-Pétrus’s grapes are hand-harvested and then fermented in temperature-controlled concrete vats.

Ageing – The wine is then aged in small oak barriques (50% new) for 18 months.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Blended, these three singular terroirs with nuanced and complementary characteristics produce a generous, expressive wine with apparent structure and a dominance of black fruit. An attentive tasting reveals remarkable refinement, complexity, and a touch of violet.

Lafleur-Pétrus produce elegant, smooth and refined Pomerols that, whilst lacking the concentration and intensity found in Pétrus, are still amongst the finest wines of the region.

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

James Suckling – 99 points

The aromas to this are stunning with lavender, rose petals, walnut skin, strawberries and raspberries. Captivating. Full body, layers of polished tannins and perfectly ripe fruit. Dense and very long. Breathtaking classicism. Try in 2021 and onwards. James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018


Vinous – 95 points

The 2015 La Fleur-Pétrus has a very intense bouquet of blackberry, raspberry, truffle and smoke, quite decadent and yet retaining satisfying delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy ripe red fruit, gentle grip with a dash of white pepper toward the persistent finish. This is suave and sophisticated – superb. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.


Robert Parker Wine Advocate – 96 points

A blend of 92% Merlot, 7.5% Cabernet Franc and 0.5% Petit Verdot, the 2015 la Fleur-Petrus is a little reticent on the nose to begin, offering up beguiling notes of tilled soil, black olives, charcuterie and dried Provence herbs over a core of preserved plums, black cherries and black raspberries with touches of tar and new leather. Full-bodied, rich, plush and seductive in the mouth, it finishes with persistent, slowly revealing earthy/savory layers, which will keep you reaching for another glass. 2022 – 2045. Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018


Jeb Dunnuck – 97 points

One of the undeniable superstars of the vintage is the 2015 La Fleur Petrus, which is 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. This awesome wine builds with time in the glass and shines just as much for its purity and elegance and richness and power. Boasting a deep purple/plum color to go with thrilling notes of tobacco leaf, currants, licorice, and subtle oak, it has a multi-dimensional, layered, elegant, and full-bodied style on the palate that just begs to be drunk. Nevertheless, it needs 5-6 years of cellaring and will keep for 2+ decades. It’s a sensational wine! 2023 – 2043. Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017


Tim Atkin – 97 points

What a wine! Scented, subtle and very fine, this is a poised, nuanced triumph. Deceptively easy to drink, even now, it has the concentration, acidity and fine-grained tannnins for a long life. Like the 2014, this is a wine that will taste beautifully at every stage of its development. Just try to keep your hands off it. Drink: 2025-40. Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016

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