1999 La Fleur Petrus
By Chateau La Fleur Petrus
1999 La Fleur Petrus from Chateau La Fleur Petrus, Pomerol, Bordeaux
The 1999 vintage has etched itself into the annals of Pomerol with a finesse that captivated even the most discerning palates. The 1999 La Fleur Petrus from Chateau La Fleur Petrus is paramount amongst these expressions— a testament to the remarkable attributes of its birth year.
Distinctive Quality: A Vintage's Signature
Balanced by the climatic generosity of 1999, this vintage emerges as a pinnacle of harmony between concentration and poise. In Bordeaux, particularly Pomerol, this was a year less feted than its immediate predecessors but has quietly ascended to a status of grace that enchants collectors and investors alike.
The bouquet of the 1999 La Fleur Petrus unveils a melange of truffles and soaked cherries, nestled amidst an earthy undertone that so characterises the Pomerol terroir. These features are attributable to the unique blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, precisely cultivated on the esteemed estate’s revered gravel and clay soils.
An Unspoken Elegance: Tasting Notes
On the palate, the wine imparts a depth that is profound yet measured; ripe blackberries and plums dancing with subtle hints of cedar and spice. The tannin structure merits particular commendation—silken and wonderfully integrated even as it approaches its quarter-century.
A vintage such as '99 commands respect for its investment-worthy maturation trajectory. Indeed, this 1999 La Fleur Petrus represents not just an opulent indulgence but a shrewd addition to any diversified portfolio of fine wines. If there ever was a year when the understated nature of climatic conditions elevated Pomerol to legendary status amongst aficionados and investors alike, it would be 1999.
Concluding Reflections on A Worthy Investment
In evaluating a wine such as the 1999 La Fleur Petrus, one finds themselves contemplating both its enigmatic past and promising future. As it continues to unfurl its complexity over time, this eloquent offering from Chateau La Fleur Petrus endures as a sophisticated option for investors looking to capture the essence of what makes Pomerol unrivalled in its field—a true hallmark of fine winemaking craftsmanship genuine to the 1999 vintage's charm.
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Scores and tasting notes
A touch on mint-leaf on the super-smooth nose. The palate has a soft-entry, lots of glycerin with silky smooth tannins. Good acidity with svelte black tarry fruits. Very focused with fine lush finish. I don't know whether this is a long-term wine but it is gorgeous to drink now. Tasted November 2003.
Neal Martin - Wine Advocate - Wine Journal
This 1999 is performing well, with more power and depth after bottling than before. It exhibits a dense ruby color as well as a sweet nose of pure black cherry jam intermixed with hints of raspberry, new wood, and earth. It is surprisingly powerful for a 1999, with admirable ripeness, sweet tannin, and low acidity. Two to three years of cellaring is warranted. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2015.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 April 2002