2005 Chateau La Fleur-Petrus

Year: 2005
Appellation: Pomerol
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 96
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 92+
James Suckling: 95
Wine Enthusiast: 94--Jeff Leve: 92
Red Wine


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"A brick house, with a strong ganache, charcoal and roasted alder spine that remains the dominant feature for now, though there's ample black currant, plum and raspberry fruit in reserve. Offers a muscular yet racy finish, thanks to a beautiful graphite note that drives through. Though unlikely to surpass them, this will nonetheless give '09 and '10 a run for their money.—Non-blind La Fleur-Pétrus vertical (December 2015). Best from 2020 through 2035. 4,200 cases made.–JM" (WS)

"Abundant sweet cherry and truffle, new saddle leather and spice box notes are present in this medium to full-bodied, supple-textured, silky Pomerol. It is less concentrated than some of the big boys such as Gazin, Le Gay, L’Evangile and Certan de May, but it is an elegant, finesse style of wine to drink over the next 10-15 years." (WA)

"Bright full red. Complex, subtle aromas of red fruits, pungent minerals, flowers, licorice and fresh herbs. Sweet, dense and nicely focused, with a sappy, medicinal quality to the dark fruit and mineral flavors. Finishes broad and vibrant if a bit youthfully wound up. This is built to age." (VM)

"A beautiful nose of subtle balance. Minerals, stones, raspberries, and plums. The nose has harmony. Full bodied and compacted, this brings a powerful palate and a great deal of finesse to the glass. Incredible purity of fruit, ripe berries, and notes of licorice. Overall this wine is bright and needs 8 to 12 years. Find the wine" (JS)

"Initially, this seems soft and superripe. But the acidity that shows through balances the black cherry jam flavors, and the touch of mint gives a delicious edge. The aftertaste brings back juicy, ripe fruit." (WE)

"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. 92 points - Tasted Aug 10, 2011" (JL)

Winery Notes:
Named for its position between Chateau Petrus and Chateau La Fleur, Chateau La Fleur-Pétrus is an historic estate dating to the 18th century and with a long reputation for producing great wines. In 1950 Chateau La Fleur-Pétrus became Jean-Pierre Moueix' first vineyard purchase. His son Christian has overseen the re-ascension of this estate to the top of Pomerol's hierarchy, first in his incredibly meticulous vineyard care, and then through the addition of an important parcel in the 1990s. Today the estate is composed 90% of Merlot with an average vine age of 30 years and 10% of Cabernet Franc with an average vine age of 50 years.