2007 La Fleur Petrus
By Chateau La Fleur Petrus
2007 La Fleur Petrus from Chateau La Fleur Petrus, Pomerol, Bordeaux
The 2007 vintage from the illustrious Pomerol appellation demonstrates the remarkable resilience and artistry of Chateau La Fleur Petrus, a beacon amongst the prestigious properties of this celebrated right bank region. As the world of fine wine investment turns an ever-discerning eye towards Bordeaux, vintages of singular character and poise, such as the 2007 La Fleur Petrus, ascend as pillars within a connoisseur’s portfolio.
Nuanced Elegance Amidst A Challenging Year
The 2007 vintage in Bordeaux was beset with challenges; it was a year that separated the wheat from the chaff, showcasing the true prowess of winemakers and terroir. The weather gods were capricious, bestowing a cool summer that staved off the customary heat essential for ripening. Nevertheless, Chateau La Fleur Petrus rose magnificently above these climatic trials. This specific offering exudes a nuanced complexity borne from adversity - a testament to the estate’s adroit viticultural practices and masterful winemaking.
Around Pomerol, where the cherished Merlot finds its most eloquent expression, even less auspicious years are capable of delivering splendour. The 2007 La Fleur Petrus exemplifies this truth with grace: its bouquet, redolent with dark cherry and hints of truffle, promises depth. On the palate, there's a fine balance between supple tannins and fresh acidity, underscored by an earthy savouriness and subtle oak nuances; an intelligent composition, offering modest maturity owing to its harvest’s circumspect year.
An Insightful Acquisition For The Astute Investor
Rarity often begets value in the realm of fine wine investment. The complexities endured by wineries during more mercurial vintages often yield fewer cases but can create unexpectedly brilliant wines in expert hands. Thusly, the 2007 La Fleur Petrus articulates its investment merit not only through inherent quality but also via its relative scarcity and singular narrative. It is an intriguing addition for those who appreciate how finely tuned adversity can birth vibrancy in a bottle.
In closing, while some may overlook such vintages for ones boasting sunnier dispositions, I encourage a closer examination. The 2007 La Fleur Petrus from Chateau La Fleur Petrus does not merely stand as an instance of triumph over climatic tribulations—it presents a shadowy charm and refined structure optimised for enjoyment today or tantalising promise if left undisturbed within one’s cellar.
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Scores and tasting notes
Tasted at BI Wine & Spirits' 10-Years-On tasting, the 2007 La Fleur Petrus has been an impressive Pomerol in recent showings. This one does nothing to alter that view. It has plenty of energy on the nose with great delineation: cranberry, pomegranate, singed leather and a touch of melted tar, firmly moving into secondary territory. The palate is medium-bodied with good structure, still quite tight but with a keen line of acidity and plenty of truffle-infused, black, dusky fruit on the finish. Great wine in an off-vintage. Tasted February 2017.
Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 30 June 2017
Served at a mini-vertical at the chateau, the 2007 La Fleur-Petrus has a lifted nose, the fruit more red than black, with cranberry, wild strawberry mingling with touches of warm gravel and dried herbs. It opens nicely in the glass. The palate is rounded and savoury, almost meaty on the entry. The acidity is nicely judged and it has a very harmonious, ferrous finish that caresses the palate. It perhaps would benefit with a little more length and tension, but this remains a commendable, enjoyable Pomerol for the vintage that will drink well over the next decade. Tasted June 2013.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2013
One of the stars of the vintage, this deep plum/ruby-tinged 2007 offers a big, sweet kiss of black cherries, blackberries, licorice, and earth. Round, generous, and medium-bodied with an intensity of flavor and silkiness that are endearing, it should drink nicely for a decade or more.
Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #188 April 2010