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1996 La Fleur Petrus

By Chateau La Fleur Petrus

1996 La Fleur Petrus from Chateau La Fleur Petrus, Pomerol, Bordeaux

In the rich tapestry of Bordeaux's offerings, the 1996 La Fleur Petrus from Chateau La Fleur Petrus casts a distinctive shadow. Located on the right bank of Bordeaux in Pomerol, this prestigious estate presented an opulent vintage that has proven to be a beacon for fine wine investors seeking excellence and strength in their portfolios.


A Vintage that Commands Respect

The 1996 vintage gave us a series of climatic twists, ideally ending with an Indian summer that honed the grape's profiles to near perfection. Amidst the mercurial nature of the year, Chateau La Fleur Petrus crafted a wine of poised structure and depth. Unlike its predecessors, this year's offering captures a certain poise – a reflection of the milder temperatures that allowed for steady ripening throughout the season.

This year's La Fleur Petrus reveals an intricate bouquet that marries ripe plum and blackberry with subtle hints of truffle and moist earth—an overwhelming testimony to the depths of its terroir. In the glass, one can detect an aristocratic alignment between the merlot's plushness and cabernet franc’s firm backbone which grants it finesse and longevity—a critical factor when selecting wines for investment purposes.


Profound Character for Discerning Investors

The 1996 La Fleur Petrus stands out for its exquisite balance and layered complexity. Revealing tertiary notes of cigar box and dried violet petals throughout its evolution, it epitomises the graceful ageing potential that marks Pomerol at its most laudable. The expansive palate is not just a journey in itself but a testament to the attentive viticulture and skilful vinification processes that Chateau La Fleur Petrus champions.

With substantial yet well-integrated tannins, this vintage can confidently speak of both past triumphs and future accolades. It has translated the essence of Pomerol in a form that resonates with luxury and strategic investment quality—a valuable cornerstone for collectors.

To conclude, the 1996 La Fleur Petrus from Chateau La Fleur Petrus is indeed a narrative of nature deftly crafted by human hand; robust yet elegant, complex while accessible. It possesses an unwavering charm that continues to captivate those who appreciate both the finer subtleties of Bordeaux wines and the tangible returns they can potentially yield within the fine wine investment sphere.

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This property has come of age with the acquisition of Le Gay's old vine parcel. It is now consistently one of the finest wines of the appellation, and clearly merits is famous name. The 1996 may deserve an outstanding score with a year or two of bottle age. It boasts an impressively saturated ruby/purple color, as well as a pure, sweet nose of cherries, plum liqueur, spicy oak, and floral scents. The wine possesses excellent depth, medium body, superb purity, and an overall elegant personality offering a combination of power and finesse. Anticipated maturity: now-2015.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 22 April 1999

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