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Chateau La Fleur Petrus History, Overview
Chateau La Fleur Petrus takes its name from its closest neighbors. The vineyard is situated less than a stones throw from Petrus. You can walk to Chateau Lafleur as it also abuts the vines in La Fleur Petrus. Not bad company to keep if you’re a chateau located on the famous Pomerol plateau.
In 1953, Chateau La Fleur Petrus was purchased by Jean-Pierre Moueix from the Garret family. Prior to that sale, Chateau La Fleur Petrus was the property of numerous owners, including the Arnaud family, who also owned Petrus.
Shortly after the initial purchase of the estate in 1953, the vineyard was increased when Jean Pierre Moueix bought 4 additional hectares of vines from neighboring Chateau Le Gay. The classic, French, country styled chateau on the property was built in 1782.
Going back as far as the late 1800’s, Chateau La Fleur Petrus was already earning a well deserved, good reputation in the late 19th century, when it owned by the Constant family.
The Constant family were well established in Pomerol, as they also owned the well-known and respected estate of Chateau Clinet. At the time, in the early years of the estate, the wines were sold under the name Petrus Lafleur. Petrus Lafleur eventually passed to the Pineau family.
It was under their ownership that the name was changed to Chateau La Fleur Petrus. The Pineau family sold Chateau La Fleur Petrus to Jean-Pierre Garret, who as I mentioned earlier, sold the Right Bank estate to Jean Pierre Moueix in 1953
While Chateau La Fleur Petrus had cachet before it was bought by Jean Pierre Moueix, the wine clearly improved when it was taken over by the Moueix family. Shortly after the vineyard was purchased, the vineyards were decimated and had to be replanted after the devastating 1956 frost.
Chateau La Fleur Petrus increased their land holdings in 1994, when they added 4 hectares of old vines to their Pomerol vineyards. These vines were obtained once again from their famous neighbor, Chateau Le Gay.
Chateau La Fleur Petrus is a elegant, sensuous, finesse style of Bordeaux wine from Pomerol that in certain years, has the ability to age and gracefully improve for decades.
Starting with the sublime 1998 vintage, at La Fleur Petrus, they have been on a roll, increasing the quality, depth and richness of Chateau La Fleur Petrus vintage after vintage.
The 2009 La Fleur Petrus is a stunning Pomerol wine and is possibly the finest wine the estate has ever produced! Although the 2010 seems to be giving it a run for the money.
Chateau La Fleur Petrus Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 18.7 hectare Pomerol vineyard of Chateau La Fleur Petrus is planted to 91% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. This marks a large change in the vineyard, which was 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc until about 2012.
Located on the northern side of the Pomerol plateau, the vineyard of La Fleur Petrus can be divided into 3 main blocks, consisting of various smaller parcels.
To the north, you find more gravel. In the south of the vineyard is where you encounter more clay and in the middle of their vines you have a slightly warmer micro-climate with more gravel. Located on the famous plateau of Pomerol, at its peak the vineyard rises to 38 meters.
As you can see, most of the terroir is gravel with clay soils. Even though the original vineyard is located just across a small, dirt road from Petrus, and only a single vine away from Chateau Lafleur, the terroir of Chateau La Fleur Petrus is different than you will find at either estate, due to its unique mix of small gravel stones and clay soils. Very little, if any blue clay is found here in the soils.
In 2012, the vineyard of Chateau La Fleur Petrus was increased by almost 4 hectares! That is a lot of land to add to an estate located on the Pomerol plateau. The vines came from a property purchased by Christian Moueix and Edouard Moueix from the Cliquot family, the owners of the little known, but ideally situated, Chateau Guillot.
Due to the increase in size for the estate, starting with the 2013 vintage, the wines of Chateau La Fleur Petrus are now being made at Chateau Hosanna, which was also previously known as La Providence, both are top Pomerol estates owned by the Moueix family. However, La Providence is no longer in production.
The new location is more modern and functional. Although the chateau remains classically French in style, it is not the original farmhouse that housed La Fleur Petrus for over 100 years. The new location is also used for small receptions and tastings for Ets. Moueix. Another change for La Fleur Petrus took place starting with the 2015 vintage. For the first time, the wine included a portion of Petit Verdot in the blend.
To produce the wine of Chateau La Fleur Petrus, two laser sorting tables have been in use since 2009. The winery uses thermoregulated concrete vats for vinification and starting in 2004 they began using stainless tanks for the fermentation. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank.
In 2009, along with Petrus and all the other top Moueix properties, they utilized the new, Optical Sorting technology. Chateau La Fleur Petrus is aged in French, oak barrels that range from 33% to as much as 50% new oak for about 18 months. The amount of oak and time in the barrel fluctuates, depending on the quality and style of the vintage. The average annual production of Chateau La Fleur Petrus is close to 6,000 cases of wine per year.
The best vintages of Chateau La Fleur Petrus are: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1982, 1961, 1959, 1955, 1950, 1947 and 1945.
Starting in 1998, the quality of wines produced at Chateau La Fleur Petrus shot up to an entirely new level! 1998, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016 are compelling vintages of Chateau La Fleur Petrus. But as good as they are, the 2009 and 2010 Chateau La Fleur Petrus are the wines to buy for lovers of decadent, Pomerol wine!
When to Drink Chateau La Fleur Petrus, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau La Fleur Petrus needs time before it begins to show its true character. La Fleur Petrus needs at least 8-12 years of aging in good vintages until it is ready to be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours, or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.
Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau La Fleur Petrus offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 10-30 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau La Fleur Petrus with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau La Fleur Petrus is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau La Fleur Petrus is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau La Fleur Petrus is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms and pasta.
Château La Fleur-Pétrus Wine Tasting Notes
28 Vintages 206976 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2017||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
The combination of the luxuriant velvet texture and the cashmere tannins on the palate is a knock out. The truffle, black raspberry, plum, licorice and cocoa nose is incredibly aromatic. But when you go back for more of those sensuously textured fruits, that is when you know you are squarely in Pomerol.
886 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
A parfait of roses, plums, chocolate, truffles, smoke, spice and cherry blossoms creates the nose. Draped in silk, sensuous with lambskin tannins, the wine is the flossy librarian with her hair down -- an intellectual Pomerol that also delivers sensuality.
1805 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
Elegant, sensuality is on display here. The wine is effortless to taste with its lush, chocolate covered cherry, plum and licorice profile. There is concentration, polish and freshness. But make no mistake, it's the sexy, multi-layered, velvet textured finish that is the highlight of the wine. Age this stunner for a decade and as the truffles kick in, you'll really be blown away.
730 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
It is like walking into your neighborhood flower shop to find an open jar of licorice and a vat of fresh-squeezed cherries amidst the arrangements. Elegant, supple and alluring, the crushed velvet tannins are outstanding when paired with all that ripe, sweet, lush kirsch liqueur in the finish. The harvest took place from September 11 to October 1. The blend is 92% Merlot, 7.5% Cabernet Franc and for the first time, a dab of Petit Verdot was included in the wine at .05%. 94 - 96 Pts
3184 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2016
|2014||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
Floral notes with black raspberries, licorice, chocolate and cherry liqueur, this wine has velvety tannins, silky textures, freshness and sweet, dark fruits that linger on into the night. 93-94 Pts
3816 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2015
|2013||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
In this ruby-colored wine, floral, truffles, earth, spice and black raspberries are in plain view. Soft and silky on the palate, there is a sensuous Pomerol character that should deepen and improve with a few years of age. Very nice for the vintage. 92-94 Pts
3598 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2014
|2012||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
Truffle, licorice and dark cherry aromas create the perfume. The wine is rich, full bodied and concentrated with all the right stuff. That is, if you like fresh, sweet, juicy, ripe, sweet plums and black cherries, coupled with freshness and sensuous, silky, velvet textures. This could get even better as it develops.
3971 Views Tasted May 15, 2015
Truffle, tobacco, dark red berries and even darker chocolate scents with silky, polished textures and a refined, elegant cocoa and cherry finish that gains in the mouth. 93-95 Pts
4257 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
Chocolate, floral, black cherry, earth and spicy aromas pair well with soft, silky textures and suave, fresh, pure, spicy red berries. 93-94 Pts
5374 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2012
|2010||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
Chocolate covered cherries, plum, black raspberry liqueur and earthy notes create the bouquet. The wine is structured, powerful, tannic , fresh and deep, finishing with a concentrated blast of sweet, ripe, dark cherries that remains on your palate for at least 40 seconds. Not as sexy as the 2009, but this will be a much longer lived wine.
5451 Views Tasted Aug 9, 2013
La Fleur Petrus Fresh picked flowers, Valhrona chocolate and boysenberry liqueur perfume entice your palate to experience layers of refined, silk and velvet plums and black cherries. Luscious, ripe, rich, pure, sweet and long, the wine ends with a chocolate coated, fresh black raspberry liqueur finish 94-96
5773 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2011
|2009||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
This just keeps getting better and better. Splash decanted, this was a rockstar from the start. But 30 minutes later and it was really off to the races. The decadent texture is a show stopper. The fruit is polished velvet. There is a purity and symmetry to the wine that is impossible to miss. As it developed, notes of lilac, violets and chocolate emerged. And as hard as it is to believe, the wine gained in opulence. If you are a fan of Pomerol at its most decadent, and if you have the coin to spare, this is a future legend waiting in the wings.
1826 Views Tasted Apr 1, 2018
Not quite as expressive as it was, shortly after bottling. Still, it's difficult to escape the hedonistic, silky, opulent textures, soft, ripe, elegant fruits and complex nose. Give it 5 years if you like your wine young. Give it a decade for more of a secondary experience.
6812 Views Tasted Jul 2, 2015
The wine is a bit tight at the moment and required coaxing to bring out the truffle, cherry, chocolate and spicy plum notes. On the palate, this is a hedonistic pleasure machine, with its sexy, opulent textures and long, intense, ripe, fresh,fruit filled finish that moved from red to black plums as the sweet taste and supple textures lingered. This could be the best La Fleur Petrus ever produced!
4303 Views Tasted Aug 13, 2013
This is made from ripe, pure, decadent, silky, velvet textured fruit. With a complex floral, licorice, ripe black cherry, earth and plummy nose, the opulent, glycerin finish is a treat for hedonists. If you bought this Pomerol early as a future, you scored!
8945 Views Tasted May 25, 2012
2009 La Fleur Petrus pops from the glass with aromas of black and red berries, licorice, spice, mocha, and chocolate. Full bodied, rich, and silky with velvety tannins, this sensuous wine has a long finish filled with layers of black berry, dark cherry, and spice flavors. While more powerful and concentrated than the 2005, everything is in balance and harmony. 94-97
9823 Views Tasted Jul 27, 2010
|2008||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
08 Château La Fleur Petrus is deeply colored. Ripe black plums, spice, mocha, earth, and red fruits are everywhere in the aroma. The impressive, concentrated, opulent, juicy finish shows a lot of ripe and overripe plums. 93-96 Pts
6190 Views Tasted Jul 30, 2009
|2006||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
With its cocoa powder coated cherry, earth, herb, black raspberry and truffle scented nose, the wine is a pleasure to swirl and sniff. Medium bodied, soft and silky, the wine finishes with clean, fresh cherries. I wish the wine had a little more depth and concentration. Still, I'd give it at least a few more years to develop.
4469 Views Tasted Feb 17, 2013
|2005||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
Licorice, chocolate covered plums, flowers and truffle scents open as soon as the cork is popped from the bottle. On the palate, this is an elegant, medium bodied, lighter, fresher style of Pomerol. Soft and sophisticated, this chocolate, plum and black raspberry filled wine needs another 4-6 years before it starts revealing all its ample charms.
9078 Views Tasted Aug 10, 2011
|2004||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
This finesse styled, elegant, soft textured charmer offers plenty of sweet, ripe, dark plums, wet earth and cocoa.
6677 Views Tasted Nov 30, 2014
|2001||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
This finesse styled, medium bodied Pomerol, is drinking perfectly, with its silky, fresh, red cherry, cocoa and earthy personality. I wish it had a bit more depth, because it's really a nice style of wine. This is a not a wine to age for decades, I'd drink it over the next several years.
2920 Views Tasted Dec 31, 2012
|2000||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
Very sexy, right out of the gate. Soft, polished and sensuously textured, the wine serves it up right out of the gate. Mixing mocha with truffle, dark chocolate, black cherry, spice and mint, there is freshness and silky, ripe, red fruits in the finish. OK, if you want to quibble, there is a touch of green pepper, probably from a lack of selection, but there is so much pleasure in the wine, it is easy to skip on by those details and just enjoy the ride.
3393 Views Tasted Oct 18, 2017
Yea baby, now we're talkin'! Sexy, silky, sweet and supple. Medium bodied, with good freshness, fruit and flavor, this is one sensuous bottle of wine.
2985 Views Tasted May 12, 2015
There is a beautiful sense of purity in the fresh, clean, ripe, dark cherry fruits that are made even better with what seems like layers of shaved truffles and dark chocolate. Soft, polished and silky, drink this now, or age it another 5 years for an earthier experience.
3132 Views Tasted Jan 20, 2014
If you like the idea if sensuous, opulent textures, flowers, chocolate covered, ripe cherries, truffle, earth and boysenberry, with a long, decadent, fresh, pure finish that makes you want to fill and refill your glass, this is the wine for you. I know I loved it!
4118 Views Tasted May 26, 2013
What a sexy little beast. Plummy, spicy scents get your attention. But the plush, rich entry and wonderful mouthfeel keep you in the game. This is already so good, if you have a case, pop a bottle. However, it will only get better. It was good enough that if I did not own it already, I'd buy a case.
6656 Views Tasted Mar 17, 2008
|1998||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
If you are one of the lucky collectors to have a few bottles of this beauty laid down, this is the perfect time to pop a cork. Sexy, sensuous, and with polished, silky tannins, the fruit is ripe, sweet, fresh and loaded with dark chocolate, truffle, spice and black cherries. The long, velvety finish wraps up everything in a nice bow.
3717 Views Tasted Sep 29, 2017
Elegant, sexy, refined and polished, this is ready to drink, as the freshness of the sweet plums, cherry and truffle character is really starting to shine. This is very stylish.
3826 Views Tasted Dec 15, 2015
Silky, plush, polished textures, a big dose of sweet, ripe, black cherries and a truffle, chocolate and plum filled personality make this wine a treat for the senses. It's beautiful to drink today.
3214 Views Tasted Nov 16, 2014
Black licorice, minerality, earth, milk chocolate covered cherries and fresh raspberry scents focus your attention on what's in the glass. The silk and velvet, palate caressing mouth feel is pure, sensuous Pomerol. The wine ends with an elegant, soft, fresh, clean, spicy cherry filled finish. Drinking perfectly today, this will age and improve for at least another 15 or more years. But there is no reason not to open a bottle of this sexy wine today.
5539 Views Tasted May 19, 2013
Chocolate covered boysenberries, truffle, violets, mocha, smoke, toast, spicy black cherry and earthy aromas get you interested into knowing more about what's in the glass. Full bodied and filled with luscious ripe plums, chocolate and boysenberry, this sensuous, opulent, pleasure machine of a wine is running on all cylinders today and should get better with time. This is the best showing yet for1998 La Fleur Petrus. I'm glad I have a few more bottles left in the cellar.
6108 Views Tasted Mar 11, 2012
Rich and filled with ripe plummy aromatics, this silky wine finishes with sweet chocolate sensations. Better than the 95, but slightly lighter than the 00, the wine offers a lot of finesse and complexity. The wine should improve over the next several years.
6117 Views Tasted Oct 12, 2010
This is a fine wine, with ample levels of sweet, ripe fruit, silky textures, medium body and a long plummy finish. This estate, located next to Petrus on the plateau started marching to a new drum with the 95 vintage and they have not looked back. Newer vintages keep getting better and better.
3800 Views Tasted Mar 17, 2009
|1995||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
Initial scents of violets, cocoa, cherry earth moved to blackberry and cigar box, truffle and kirsch. After 3 hours in the glass, the dusty tannins shifted to a more friendly dry sensation, with fresh blackberry in the finish. This will be a long lived wine. It has the structure to age for at least another 15-20 more years. But it will always have the tannic signature of the vintage with its refined, masculine expression of Pomerol.
6388 Views Tasted May 21, 2012
Chocolate, flowers, truffle, red and black plums with fresh herb aromas do not require much effort to find. Medium/full bodied, with silky textures and no hard edges, this Pomerol is filled with round textures and layers of spicy black raspberries, plums and dark cherries.
6691 Views Tasted Aug 17, 2011
|1990||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
Earth, cherries, red plums, spice and herbal aromas make up the perfume. Medium bodied, elegant in character, but light in weight and lacking the concentration found in the top vintages of this Pomerol wine. This is already past full maturity and should be consumed sooner than later.
4349 Views Tasted Oct 23, 2011
|1989||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
This could almost be called Pomerol light. Light color, light aromatics, light palate presence. Fully mature and then some, this wine lacks the stuffing for further aging.
3516 Views Tasted Mar 17, 2008
|1987||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
This showed why vintages matter. If you're one of those people believing that great Chateau make stellar wines in off vintages, but a bottle of 87 Petrus and put that theory to the test. What a dud. The best descriptor I could think of for this tired, fruitless wine was, there is no there, there.
3068 Views Tasted Mar 17, 2008
|1982||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
Sporting a light, ruby color, the wine opens with an earthy, truffle, tobacco, bright cherry and red plum nose. Medium/full bodied, with soft, gentle textures, this is fully mature and is best consumed over the next few years as the fruit is clearly starting to fade.
6421 Views Tasted Nov 17, 2012
|1975||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
This traditionally styled wine showed how far Bordeaux has come over the past few decades. Do not expect elegance or ripe fruit with this old lady. It's not going to happen. For people who think Bordeaux was better before Parker, this wine's for you.
2364 Views Tasted Mar 17, 2008
|1970||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
Decent, but clearly fading, this is a wine that needs to be consumed much sooner than later. Medium bodied, with a but too much acidity, the earthy, cherry and tart plum notes, with their truffle accent were barely hanging on.
2460 Views Tasted Jul 30, 2017
|1964||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
This sexy wine is packed with sweet, ripe, juicy plums, cherries, earth, truffle and cocoa. With soft, silky textures and a long, red and black fruit finish, this is clearly at its peak.
4075 Views Tasted May 8, 2014
|1955||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
With a distinctive nose of iodine, oyster shell, tobacco, red fruits and wet earth, the medium bodied wine served up a delicious mouthful of sweet cherries and warm spices and elegant textures.
2391 Views Tasted Mar 2, 2016
This was light, ruby in color with hints of bricking. The delicate perfume offers spice, flowers, tobacco, truffles, smoke and herbs. Soft, elegant, and charming on the palate, the earthy, red fruit wine remained at the same level for about 90 minutes before gently slipping away.
3790 Views Tasted Dec 31, 2009
55 Lafleur Petrus initially had some nice complex aromatic qualities. For the first few moments, some fruit could be found in the finish. But, this wine began decomposing in the glass after the first 5 minutes. It was fun while it lasted.
3705 Views Tasted Nov 22, 2007
|1953||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
With wines this old, it's hard to tell if it's just the bottle or the wine, when the bottle does not perform as well as you would hope or expect. In this case, as I have had other, older bottles from the property that offered more pleasure, I suspect it was a bit of both in this case. The nose was the best part of the wine, with its truffle and strong tobacco character. But on the palate, the wine was tart and showed some maderization. Oh well, such is life.
1567 Views Tasted Jul 30, 2017
|1950||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
Still going strong for a wine that is getting close to 70 years of age. With more earth, truffle and tobacco than fruit, as is to be expected, the wine showed softness in its texture, finishing with a sweet and tart, red berry, spice and wet earth note. If this is the bottle you need for a birth year, save it until 2020, else drink up.
1682 Views Tasted Jul 30, 2017
|1937||Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)|
Hard to believe this wine is close to 80 years of age with its baked chocolate, floral, tobacco and fresh cherry profile. Light, but sweet, soft and supple, there is a lot to like about this wine, if you ever see a bottle.
2016 Views Tasted May 8, 2014