2003 La Fleur Petrus
By Chateau La Fleur Petrus
2003 La Fleur Petrus from Chateau La Fleur Petrus, Pomerol, Bordeaux
The 2003 vintage from the prized terrains of Pomerol was a challenging one, marked by an uncharacteristically torrid summer which tested the resolve of every vintner in Bordeaux. It is amidst this backdrop that the 2003 La Fleur Petrus from Chateau La Fleur Petrus shines as a beacon of triumph over these climatic adversities.
Resilience and Refinement: A Vintage's Testament
The tenacity of the vine roots at La Fleur Petrus, delving deep into the iron-rich clay soils, has yielded a wine that stands as an exemplar of resilience and elegance. Despite the extreme warmth of 2003, this vintage managed to maintain balanced maturity without succumbing to overripeness—a testament to the expertise at this esteemed chateau.
Capturing an Exceptional Season
Holding a glass of 2003 La Fleur Petrus is akin to conversing with history. It talks of parched earth but also tells a tale of adept vineyard management and masterful vinification. The wine exudes aromas of roasted plums and black cherries, underscored by a haunting wisp of truffles - a fragrant echo of Pomerol's hallowed grounds. On the palate, it remains generous yet structured, with silken tannins embracing a core of dark fruit compote and hints of savory spices that crescendo into an impressively prolonged finish.
This Pomerol offering not only symbolizes the exceptional capacity for Bordeaux wines to overcome climatic challenges but also serves as an alluring prospect for fine wine investors seeking to add robust character and provenance to their portfolios.
An Oenophilic Odyssey Worthy of Investment
In sum, the 2003 La Fleur Petrus presents itself as more than just a survivor of a sweltering season; it marches forth as a winner in the face of adversity. Its opulence tempered by fine acidity, and its enduring complexity ensures that it resides among the notable ranks within wine investment circles. For those connoisseurs looking to enrich their collection with a standout vintage from Chateau La Fleur Petrus, this 2003 offering is indeed deserving of consideration.
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Scores and tasting notes
A surprising nose of stewed cherries, berries, with notes of licorice. A delicate floral and mineral note pokes through with some time in the glass. Such a surprise. Full and super rich, with silky tannins and a fabulous freshness
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, March 8th 2011
A sexy, soft, fleshy, medium-bodied, fully mature Pomerol, the 2003 La Fleur Petrus possesses notes of jammy cherries, licorice and underbrush. It will not improve any further, so drink it over the next 5-6 years.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 27 August 2014
An open-knit Pomerol, the 2003 exhibits a medium ruby color, an opulent, sweet cherry-scented nose, low acid, plump, round flavors, a fragile constitution, but an incremental richness that builds on the palate. A light effort for the vintage, it comes across like a round, juicy Pinot Noir because of its sweetness of fruit and expansiveness. Drink it over the next 10-12 years, although it may last even longer as its balance is impressive.
Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #164 April 2006
Tasted at Bordeaux Index's '10-Year On' tasting in London. The bouquet on the La Fleur-Petrus 2003 takes a while to get going and only reluctantly offers scents of fruitcake, prune, warm leather and a touch of mint. The palate is better with fleshy, rounded tannins and a core of soft red berry fruit
Neal Martin - Wine Journal May 2013