2012 Ch. La Fleur Petrus, Pomerol

2012 Ch. La Fleur Petrus, Pomerol

Red, For laying down   Red | For laying down | Chateau La Fleur-Petrus | Code: 17224 | 2012 | France > Bordeaux > Pomerol | Cab.Sauvignon Blend | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 14.5 % alcohol

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Bottle 6 x 75cl

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£720.00

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£1,100.00

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Scores and Reviews

BBR

17.5/20

DECANTER

17.25/20

JANCIS

16.5/20

PARKER

94-96/100

WS

93-96/100

DECANTER - Includes recently purchased parcels (4.7ha) near Le Pin. Fragrant, long and fresh with a little more weight and breadth than in the past.
James Lawther MW, Decanter, April 2013

JANCIS - Deep dark cherry red. Slightly stemmy cherries on the nose. And a little stalky on the palate. Fresh and energetic, not over-smoothed. Nice dry finish, though slightly abrupt at the end? A bit disappointing.
Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com, 29 Apr 2013

PARKER - The stunning 2012 La Fleur Petrus clearly merits its striking moniker. A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, it offers a dense purple color along with a big, sweet kiss of mulberry jam intermixed with black cherries, raspberries and even blacker fruits as well as a subtle touch of oak. The wine is full, rich, concentrated and moderately tannic. It is nearly as good as the 2010 and 2009. However, some structural tannins suggest 4-5 years of bottle age will be warranted, and the wine is capable of lasting a quarter of a century.

Another incredible success story from Pomerol, this estate (which has been elevated in quality considerably over recent vintages) harvested their fruit between September 24 and October 11. Christian Moueix told me that just about all of the Pomerol wines for which he was responsible came in between 13.8% and 14.2% alcohol.
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Apr 2013

WS - Showing mouthwatering purity from the start, this is remarkably floral today, with bergamot, orange blossom and cherry notes out front, pushed by a hint of violet, then backed by a juicy core filled with linzer torte and cassis. A flicker of savory threads the finish, adding further range and distinction. Sneaks up on you, starting slowly but expanding dramatically in the glass. A full stride ahead of the 2011. This is the first vintage that has the new 2-plus hectare parcel recently purchased from Château Guillot and located next to Le Pin. It shows. Tasted non-blind.
James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, April 8 2013

The Story

Chateau La Fleur-Petrus

Producer

Chateau La Fleur-Petrus

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

Four 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. The soils are rich in gravel and the vineyard is planted with 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.

La Fleur-Pétrus's grapes are hand-harvested and then fermented in temperature-controlled concrete vats. The wine is then aged in small oak barriques (50% new) for 18 months. 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.

Grape

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

Region

Pomerol

Pomerol is the smallest of Bordeaux's major appellations, with about 150 producers and approximately 740 hectares of vineyards. It is home to many bijou domaines, many of which produce little more than 1,000 cases per annum.

Both the topography and architecture of the region is unremarkable, but the style of the wines is most individual. The finest vineyards are planted on a seam of rich clay which extends across the gently-elevated plateau of Pomerol, which runs from the north-eastern boundary of St Emilion. On the sides of the plateau, the soil becomes sandier and the wines lighter.

For a long time Pomerol was regarded as the poor relation of St Emilion, but the efforts of Jean-Pierre Moueix in the mid-20th century brought the wine to the attention of more export markets, where its fleshy, intense and muscular style found a willing audience, in turn leading to surge in prices led by the demand for such limited quantities.

There is one satellite region to the immediate north, Lalande-de-Pomerol whose wines are stylistically very similar, if sometimes lacking the finesse of its neighbour. There has never been a classification of Pomerol wines.

Recommended Châteaux : Ch. Pétrus, Vieux Ch. Certan, Le Pin, Ch. L’Eglise-Clinet, Ch. La Conseillante, Ch. L’Evangile, Ch. Lafleur, Trotanoy, Ch. Nenin, Ch. Beauregard, Ch. Feytit-Clinet, Le Gay.

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