2008 La Fleur Petrus
By Chateau La Fleur Petrus
2008 La Fleur Petrus from Chateau La Fleur Petrus, Pomerol, Bordeaux
The 2008 La Fleur Petrus from Chateau La Fleur Petrus stands as a testament to the resilience and depth of character that Pomerol can achieve in a challenging vintage. The year 2008 did not gift Bordeaux growers with an easy season, resulting in wines that necessitated a deft hand in the vineyard and precision in the cellar to coax out their best qualities.
Refinement Amidst Adversity
In the glass, the 2008 La Fleur Petrus reveals a garnet hue, alluding to the maturity that has begun to grace this wine. Aromatically, it unfolds with an attractive bouquet of truffle, ripe cherries, and a whisper of earthy undertones—a hallmark of Pomerol's esteemed terroir. This vintage was indeed one where meticulous vineyard practices were paramount; Chateau La Fleur Petrus diligently accomplished just that, resulting in a fine example of balance and structure.
An Investment-worthy Vintage
On the palate, the wine asserts itself with grace and complexity, displaying well-integrated tannins and a luscious depth of flavour. One discerns a delicate interplay between red fruit notes and more developed savoury accents; hints of tobacco leaf and cedarwood envelop the profile without overshadowing the core fruit character. Particularly for wine investment enthusiasts, this reflective and poised offering from Chateau La Fleur Petrus represents not just a drinking pleasure but also demonstrates significant cellaring potential.
The accomplished nature of the 2008 La Fleur Petrus from Chateau La Fleur Petrus poignantly illustrates how Pomerol's small but formidable enclave can triumph over capricious weather patterns to deliver wines of undeniable charm and intricacy. For collectors navigating the realm of fine wine investing, this vintage embodies a worthwhile acquisition – capturing both the tenacity of its origins and an enduring elegance that is destined to unfold further with time.
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Scores and tasting notes
A major sleeper of the vintage, the 2008 La Fleur Petrus (90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc) is a remarkably sexy, opulent wine that transcends the vintage character. Its dense plum/ruby/purple color is accompanied by notes of sweet black cherries, licorice, truffles and a hint of graphite. Full-bodied with silky tannin as well as undeniable appeal, richness, purity and a 40+ second finish, this is a sure-fire big buy in 2008. Drink it over the next 20+ years.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 1 May 2011
A charming and delicate wine with notes of cherries and berries. Full bodied with super fine tannins and a long, fruity finish. Very pretty and approachable. Almost pure Merlot. Hard not to drink now, but start looking at it in three to four years.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, December 21st 2010
Served at a mini-vertical at the chateau, the 2008 Chateau La Fleur-Petrus is a little tighter than the 2009 as you would expect. There is plenty of broody black fruit, tertiary notes, peat-like with floral scents (dried violet) joining the chorus line with time. The palate is medium-bodied with soft tannins, surprisingly supple for the vintage, tender and graceful towards the finish. Not a long-term La Fleur-Petrus, but it is filling out nicely with age and has an elegant finish that will leave you eager for the next sip. Tasted June 2013.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2013