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August 19, 2013

La Fleur-Petrus 2010

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“I had visited the 2010 Petrus about an hour before I had La Fleur-Petrus. I was dumbfounded – it appeared to have a character nearly identical to the great Petrus!” Robert Parker

Chateau La Fleur-Petrus 2010 offers something remarkable; “it appeared to have a character nearly identical to the great Petrus!” (Robert Parker). Parker, alongside his close friends Michael Rolland and Christian Mouiex, has nurtured the staggering success of Pomerol and so Parker’s declaration that the 2010 displays all the greatness of Petrus cannot be underestimated. In fact La Fleur-Petrus lies on the north-eastern advantage of the high plateau of Pomerol, where the vineyards benefits from soil and gravel, accompanying the famous blue clay. It is situated across the road from Petrus and adjacent from Lafleur.

La Fleur-Petrus takes its name from its neighbours and remains a combination of the two greatest chateaux in Pomerol. The 18 hectare Estate is a single row of vines from La Fleur and almost equally as close to Petrus; planted with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Production of La Fleur-Petrus is miniscule, similar to Petrus, averaging 3,750 cases a year.

The Estate was known for its terroir in the 19th and 20th Century and when Jean-Pierre Moueix (owners of Petrus) bought the chateau in 1953 from the Garet family it began to fulfil its potential. In 2000 it scored 93+, a vintage that trades comfortably at £2,350. Since 2008 it has cemented itself as a leading Pomerol wine, scoring a staggering 97 points in 2009 and 2010 and by scoring 94-96 in 2012, this made it one of the wines of the vintage.

The 2010 can be bought for £910 a half case, making it undervalued against the 2000. However, its relative value becomes apparent when we look at the price of its neighbours. Petrus 2010 trades at £25,000 a full case, while the 96+ Lafleur 2010 costs £9,000 a case. The market clearly continues to undervalue this genetically blessed estate and in 2010 one can buy a case for same price as bottle of the aforementioned Petrus. In the words of Parker; “For those who will never be able to afford a bottle of Petrus, this is about as close as one can get to the aromas and flavors of that mythical wine”. It will not be long until new markets move towards this wine due to its namesake, similar style and undoubted quality. This will be viewed as a classic in the future.

La Fleur-Petrus 2010, 97 Parker Points - £910 (6×75) OWC IB
“This wine has a character similar to its cross-street neighbor, Petrus, displaying sweet mulberry and intense black fruit characteristics, with a hint of vanillin and loads of black cherry jam. Full-bodied, extravagantly luscious, with a skyscraper-like mid-palate and phenomenal length of close to 50 seconds, the wine has plenty of tannin, but the voluptuous fruit, power and overall glycerin and intensity tend to conceal much of it. Elegant but compellingly rich and authoritative, the 2010 is a truly magnificent wine for this estate, which has one of the finest terroirs in all of Pomerol. Forget it for 5-7 years and drink it over the following 30-35. 

This 2010 is one of the most remarkable wines ever produced at this estate. The vineyard, about the same size as Petrus at 35 acres, is virtually all Merlot, but there is some Cabernet Franc in the final blend.” Robert Parker 97, drink 2018-2053, tasted Feb 2013

“The fabulous 2010 La Fleur Petrus boasts a dense purple color in addition to a big, sweet perfume of mocha-infused black raspberry and black cherry fruit that is extravagantly rich, textured and long. Super-pure, deep and full-bodied, this remarkable wine will be one for the history books.” Robert Parker 97, drink 2018-2053, tasted May 2011