Chateau La Fleur Morange Mathilde St. Emilion Wine, Complete Guide

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Learn everything about Chateau La Fleur Morange Mathilde St. Emilion with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairing tips, best vintages, a history of the property and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau La Fleur Morange Mathilde History, Overview

Chateau La Fleur Morange Mathilde, located in the extreme eastern sectors of St. Emilion is owned by Jean-François Julien. Jean-François Julien developed his interest in becoming a winemaker while working as a carpenter for Stephan von Neipperg of Canon La Gaffeliere. In 2002, they brought in Claude Gros to consult on the wine making and vineyard management.

Part of what makes the wines of La Fleur Morange Mathilde so interesting is, the estate has some of the oldest Merlot vines in St. Emilion, as well as in all of Bordeaux!

They have vines dating date back more than 100 years! When you look at the quality of the wines coming from La Fleur Morange, and you consider the price, especially for the Mathilde, truly this is a wine well worth the trouble to seek out.

From the 3.45 hectare vineyard, the estate makes two unique Bordeaux wines. La Fleur Morange is produced from a tiny, 1.5 hectare section that includes their vines that are over 100 years of age!

The rest of the vineyard produces the fruit that is used in Chateau La Fleur Morange Mathilde. Mathilde was named after the owners daughter. Many of the vines used to grow fruit for La Fleur Morange Mathilde are close to a very impressive 50 years of age.

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Chateau La Fleur Morange Mathilde Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The vineyard used to produce Fleur Morange Mathilde is planted to 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc with a terroir of clay and limestone soils. The oldest vines are located in the clay rich soils of St. Peyd’Armens, on the far-east side of the Saint Emilion appellation.

Although there is more sand in the terroir where the grapes are planted for use in La Fleur Mathilde. The owner, Jean-Francois Julien personally plows every other row in select blocks, leaving a cover crop on the alternate rows.

To produce the wine for Chateau La Fleur Mathilde, after the grapes are harvested by hand, as well as being manually destemmed. Next, the berries see a five-day cold soak at 3 degrees Celsius.

The vinification of Chateau La Fleur Mathilde takes place in small, truncated, double walled, stainless steel, conical shaped tanks. Everything in the cellar moves by gravity. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel.

Maceration on average lasts about 25 days. They preform microbullage under the cap during maceration, and while the wine is aging in barrel. La Fleur Morange Mathilde is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for an average of 8 months, where it remains on its lees.

Because the wine remains in oak barrels for only 8 months, La Fleur Morange Mathilde is one of the wines offered for sale in a new vintage, allowing savvy consumers an early opportunity for savvy consumers to get an idea of the vintage.

When to Drink Chateau La Fleur Morange Mathilde, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau La Fleur Morange Mathilde needs some time before it can be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1-2 hours. 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 Morange Mathilde is usually better with at least 6-8 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau La Fleur Morange Mathilde offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 7-20 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau La Fleur Morange Mathilde with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau La Fleur Morange Mathilde 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 Morange Mathilde is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau La Fleur Morange Mathilde is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

La Fleur Morange Mathilde is a steal! In fact, it’s one of the top Bordeaux value wines. Chateau La Fleur Morange Mathilde is remarkably consistent, producing strong wines, vintage after vintage.

The production of this Right Bank wine is small with an average of 500 cases produced every year. The style mixes ripe fruit, forward character, minerality and richness.  It should age well too. And the best part is, it sells for less than $25 a bottle!

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Château La Fleur Morange Wine Tasting Notes

20 Vintages 83,787 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2018Château La Fleur Morange  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)92

Round, fresh, ripe and focused on its core of black cherry, smoke, licorice and mineral notes, this is going hit the tip with just a few years of age. 91-93 Pts

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2018Château La Fleur Morange Mathilde  (St. Émilion)91

Round, fresh, ripe and focused on its core of black cherry, smoke, licorice and mineral notes, this is going hit the tip with just a few years of age. 90-92 Pts

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2017Château La Fleur Morange Mathilde  (St. Émilion)92

Round, soft, sweet with fruits on all sides of the plummy range, this medium/full-bodied wine with espresso, smoke, licorice and dark cherries keeps you pleasantly engaged right down to the endnote.

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2016Château La Fleur Morange  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)93

Soft, fresh, ripe dark red fruits, that show a great blend juicy plums, cherries, licorice, smoke and stone. All this is made even better with true old vine 100 year old Merlot. Those deep roots really helped in this very dry vintage.

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2016Château La Fleur Morange Mathilde  (St. Émilion)91

Fleshy, ripe, forward and showing loads of fresh spicy berries, earth and licorice, this is good to go on release.

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2015Château La Fleur Morange  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)93

With vines that are some of the oldest in the appellation at 100 years of age, the shows deep color. There is concentration, licorice, black plum and espresso notes with round textures and a soft, supple, sweet, dark berry infused finish. Made from 100% old vine Merlot, this can age easily for 10-20 years

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Made from plus-sized, ripe, dark red fruits, black licorice, espresso and plums, this wine is concentrated, supple and long with freshness and fruit that carries all the way through. It is amazing to think that this wine was made from fruit harvested from vines that are over 100-years old!

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2015Château La Fleur Morange Mathilde  (St. Émilion)91

As this is always the first Bordeaux from a new vintage I see delivered in the states, I've already popped a few corks from my case. Give it 1-2 hours of air, as this wine gets better, softer and more interesting than you might initially suspect. Full bodied, round and mineralistic, the licorice, ripe, juicy black cherries and plums are there from start to finish.

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As this is always the first Bordeaux from a new vintage I see delivered in the states, I've already popped a few corks from my case. Give it 1-2 hours of air, as this wine gets better, softer and more interesting than you might initially suspect. Full bodied, round and mineralistic, the licorice, ripe, juicy black cherries and plums are there from start to finish.

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The first bottle from a case did not disappoint. Dark in color, with licorice, black and blue fruit with smoke and herbs come to the surface with just a swirl. Full bodied fresh and lush, with softness to the tannins and a strong mineral component, the wine ends with sweet, ripe, juicy, dark red berries and crushed stone. 2-4 years will add more softness. Decanted just 20 minutes or so, this would benefit from an hour or so of air. It is hard to find a better wine at this price range as it sells for about $22.00.

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2014Château La Fleur Morange  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)92

Made with fruit pulled from vines that are over 100-years old, this wine pops with licorice, dark red fruits, limestone and earth. Fused with fresh-brewed espresso and cocoa, this full-bodied, lustfully textured vintage finishes with smooth, fresh red and black berries. Produced from a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14% alcohol. 91-93 Pts

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2014Château La Fleur Morange Mathilde  (St. Émilion)90

Fleshy, ripe and round with a profile of anise, black cherry, oak and cocoa, this wine is forward, smooth and delivers fresh black cherries in the finish. 100% Merlot, this vintage comes from vines that average 50 years of age -- quite amazing when you consider how little the estate charges for the wine. 89-91 Pts

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2013Château La Fleur Morange  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)91

Oaky with juicy black raspberry and black cherry, the wine offers sweet fruit, balance and round textures but with a little bit too much oak. Aging in 100% new French oak, the wine is comprised of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and reached 13.7% alcohol. Only 200 cases were produced in this difficult vintage. 90-92 Pts

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2013Château La Fleur Morange Mathilde  (St. Émilion)90

With a nose of boysenberry, licorice, coffee bean and cocoa, the wine is fleshy and fun. It’s going to be easy to drink on release. Produced from 100% old-vine Merlot, this remains one of the top value wines of the Right Bank. 89-91 Pts

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2012Château La Fleur Morange  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)91

With a good depth of color for the vintage, the wine displays licorice, fennel, earth, coffee and plum notes. Rich, with depth of flavor and roundness, there is a lot to like in this wine. 90-93 Pts

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2012Château La Fleur Morange Mathilde  (St. Émilion)87

This wine has smoke, vanilla, soft fruits, ripe jammy berries, but a touch of dryness in the finish. 86-88 Pts

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2011Château La Fleur Morange  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)92

From an even split of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the wine is made from vines that are over 100 years old and aged in 100% new oak. This round-textured St. Emilion opens with coffee, truffle, chocolate and black cherry and ends with a black cherry-filled finish. 92-93 Pts

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2011Château La Fleur Morange Mathilde  (St. Émilion)90

Produced from 100% Merlot that comes from vines that average 50 years of age, this St. Emilion remains one the top value plays in Bordeaux wine. Reaching 14.5% alcohol, this wine shows licorice, black cherry and jam aromas, soft, round textures and a sweet, black raspberry finish. 90-91 Pts

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2010Château La Fleur Morange Mathilde  (St. Émilion)91

I keep posting tasting notes on the wines from Jean Francois Julien , La Fleur Morange so people can find out about the best value from St. Emilion today. From 50 year old vines, this concentrated, deep wine is filled with licorice, blackberries and earth. This is the most powerful vintage from the estate yet. Give it 2-3 years to let the wine soften and develop. This is a purchase by the case wine.

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It's going to be very hard to find a better value in Bordeaux these days. For about $20, you get a wine that's inky in color, with licorice, chocolate covered blackberries, blueberry, smoke and truffle. The wine is rich, full bodied and round, with the tannin and structure to age and develop. I popped and poured a bottle with dinner, it was much better with 30 minutes of air. This is a wine to purchase by the case!

3,064 Views   Tasted 91

La Fleur Morange Mathilde is made from 100% old vine Merlot. Old being the operative word as the average of the vines is 50 years! Opening with aromas of stone, licorice, fresh plums and blueberries, this concentrated wine finishes with plush, chocolate, licorice and jammy dark berries. This is another Bordeaux wine that deserves an award for continually pairing high quality, character and fair prices. The wine will be aged in 50% new oak. 91-93 Pts

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2009Château La Fleur Morange Mathilde  (St. Émilion)91

If this isn't the best value in St. Emilion, I do not know what is. Vintage after vintage, this small estate, located in the extreme eastern sector of St. Emilion produces outstanding wine for about $20. The 2009 continues that tradition with its licorice, stone and black cherry personality. Opulent and fleshy, this ripe Bordeaux value wine drinks great now and should offer pleasure for at least another 10-12 years or more. Produced from 100% Merlot grown in 50 year olds, the wine combines early appeal, the ability to age and complexity for about $20!

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Produced from 100% old vine Merlot, the aromatics are packed with licorice, black cherry, blackberry jam, chocolate and espresso bean aromas which quickly grab your attention. On the palate, this flashy, rich, supple and already delicious wine is all about juicy, sweet ripe fruit and hedonistic pleasure. All that and change for $20 for consumers that purchased it as a future! It's a little more today, and it's worth buying. Year after year, this is a serious contender for the best value wine in Bordeaux. Bravo!

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2005Château La Fleur Morange Mathilde  (St. Émilion)91

With a nose of chocolate mint, black cherry, espresso, licorice and smoke, the wine is round, smooth and packed with spicy, coffee tinged plum and cherry notes. For the whopping release price of $17, this has to be the value wine of the vintage. Popped and poured, the wine improved in the glass for the hour or so that it lasted, before we finished it. Current vintages from the best years all seem to be at the same level, and still sell for an incredibly low price.

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The best buy of the vintage is still going strong, with its earthy, plum, licorice and dark cherry nose and its black cherry filled finish. This winner was a whopping $14 on release!

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Licorice, earth, black raspberry and stone aromas opened to a tight wine that needed a few hours to open. After 2 hours of air, soft textured cherries could be found in the finish. There is a hint of chalk in the end note. Based on this bottle, I'd give it a few hours of air, or wait 2-3 years. It's remarkable that this wine was purchased for about $14 a bottle! The steal of the vintage!

3,773 Views   Tasted 91

The color of a young wine, this has not changed in hue since it was released. Licorice, truffle, blackberry jam, smoke, coffee and earthy scents pop with little effort. Full bodied and packed with layers of ripe, jammy, juicy fruit, the wine ends a round, fat, black cherry and mocha finish. I'm not sure how much complexity this will develop in time, my instincts say it will get better over the next 5-10 years. What I do know is, if this style of St. Emilion sounds like it's your thing, buy the 2009 and 2010 by the case now. They cost nothing and like the 2005, with so little wine being made, prices will only go higher.

3,981 Views   Tasted 92

Coffee, licorice, smoke, boackberry jam, smoke and earthy aromas are easy to find. After 45 minutes in the glass, the wine softened, offering plush textures and layers of sweet, ripe, juicy, plums and dark chocolate. This beauty turned out to be one of the best value Bordeaux wines from a legendary vintage!

4,047 Views   Tasted 92

Black licorice, coffee, cherry and cherry chocolate aromas. Full bodied, tannic, still young, but starting to come around, this licorice and chocolate blackberry filled wine will continue to improve for at least another 5-7 years. In current vintages, due to the microscopic amounts produced, this is one the few Bordeaux wines worth buying as a future. For fun, I looked on online while tasting this wine, and only one was offering was available on Winesearcher, and that was for auction. For the princely sum of $15, this was an amazing score!

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2005Château La Fleur Morange  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)92

Starting to show well as it approaches its tenth birthday, licorice, earth, black cherry liqueuer and wet earth scents open to a round, soft, smooth, concentrated wine with a rich, fresh, black and red plum finish. Made from a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the vines average close to 100 years of age.

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2000Château La Fleur Morange  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)91

Fully mature, with a round personality and the essence of smoke, thyme, black cherry, plum and coffee bean. Soft, smooth, and with a ripe, sweet, round, fruity finish, this is ready to go.

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