1989 La Fleur Petrus
By Chateau La Fleur Petrus
1989 La Fleur Petrus by Chateau La Fleur Petrus, Pomerol, Bordeaux
In the constellation of fine wines, the 1989 La Fleur Petrus by Chateau La Fleur Petrus is a luminary that burns with intensity and finesse. Crafted from the clay and gravel shores of Pomerol, this vintage declares its presence in the pantheon of Bordeaux with assertive grace. My long-standing acquaintance with the estate's work informs my recognition of this particular vintage’s extraordinary character.
An Opulent Year in Pomerol
The year 1989 was particularly kind to Pomerol, offering a season both benign and bountiful. The 1989 La Fleur Petrus embodies this fortuity, distinguishing itself from neighbouring vintages with a depth and complexity that has evolved superbly over the decades. Within its garnet depths swells a symphony of ripe berries, seductive truffle undertones, and an exquisitely tailored tannic structure.
An Investment in Liquid History
Savvy wine investors have long prized the 1989 La Fleur Petrus as a celebrated piece of vinous history, with its exceptional provenance rooted deeply in the renowned terroir of Chateau La Fleur Petrus. Its performance has continually appreciated, much like a melody that grows richer with each passing year. For those seeking both pleasure and prudent investment in Pomerol’s offerings, this vintage asserts itself as an essential acquisition.
The 1989 vintage carries an aristocratic poise emboldened by tertiary notes of cigar box and leather, which mingle harmoniously with a fading bouquet of dark fruit. The mouthfeel is still lusciously lively, a testament to the resolute vitality inherent in this acclaimed wine.In summation, the 1989 La Fleur Petrus represents a paragon from Chateau La Fleur Petrus; a wine that impeccably encapsulates both the splendour of its birth-year and the distinguished pedigree of its origin. For collectors and enthusiasts desiring to enrich their cellars, it offers an intense narrative not solely for the palate but for the portfolio as well—a story lives on with every savoured sip.
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Scores and tasting notes
An expressive, generous nose with blackberry, a touch of cough-candy and tangerine. A ripe palate with touches of fig, coffee and mocha: deep and complex. Raisin lingering on the finish. A beautiful, understated wine. Drinking now. Tasted November 1999.
Neal Martin - Wine Advocate - Wine Journal
In the ongoing competition between the 1989 and 1990 vintages, in the case of La Fleur-Petrus, the 1989 comes out a clear winner. The dense plum/garnet color offers up notes of underbrush, dried herbs, caramel, sweet cedar, and jammy black cherries intermixed with some balsam wood. In the mouth the wine is deep, very pure, ripe, with moderate tannins still to be shed. A very impressive, gorgeous La Fleur-Petrus that is the best wine made during a somewhat indifferent period for this property. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2015. Last tasted, 3/02.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 31 December 2002