2018 Chateau La Fleur-Petrus

Year: 2018
Appellation: Pomerol
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 96-99
Wine Advocate: 94-96
Vinous Media: 94-97
James Suckling: 97-98
Jeb Dunnuck: 95-97--Wine Enthusiast: 94-96--Jeff Leve: 97-99
Red Wine


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"A brick house, featuring steeped currant and plum fruit, scored by tobacco, bay leaf and charcoal notes. A great tug of earth lurks underneath, but there's plenty of fruit to handle it. This is a big one. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now. Score range: 96-99 -JM" (WS)

"Composed of 91% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 la Fleur-Petrus has a medium garnet-purple color and opens softly and quietly with perfumed nuances of violets, potpourri, underbrush and garrigue with a core of warm plums, blueberry compote and raspberry pie plus touches of smoked meats and crushed rocks. Medium-bodied, the palate is charged with wonderfully energetic red and black fruits, framed by fine-grained tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing beautifully fragrant." (WA)

"The 2018 Lafleur-Petrus is a stunning wine. Creamy, ample and generous, the 2018 has it all. Silky tannins and bright floral notes give the 2018 an air of sophistication to play off the rich, textured fruit. As good as the 2018 is on first impression, it is also magically persistent, with an eternal finish and fabulous balance. " (VM)

"This is a tannic and structured red with loads of walnut, hazelnut, dark-berry and wet-earth character. Full-bodied yet tight and reserved. Muscular and beautifully formed." (JS)

"The 2018 Château La Fleur-Petrus checks in as a blend of 91% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. It's another inky colored beauty that boasts full-bodied richness and depth as well as thrilling notes of crème de cassis, kirsch, dried flowers, incense, and spice. With subtle background oak, flawless balance, and ultra-fine tannins, this brilliant effort will be drinkable with just short-term cellaring and keep for two decades or more. " (JD)

"94–96. Barrel Sample. This standout wine is powerful, dense and ripe, with an unusual inclusion of Petit Verdot in the blend. It has great tannins that already have a smooth side to them, giving a fine, juicy character to finish." (WE)

"Black cherry, boysenberry, roses, lilacs, truffle and spice are at work here. On the palate, the wine is pure lavish velvet. Elegance and power are in balance with layers of decadently textured chocolate liqueur soaked plums that linger 'til dawn. In a decade this will be off the hook! 97-99 Pts" (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.