2011 La Fleur Petrus
By Chateau La Fleur Petrus
2011 La Fleur Petrus from Chateau La Fleur Petrus, Pomerol, Bordeaux
The 2011 vintage in Bordeaux was precocious following a warm spring, leading to an early harvest. This has culminated in a collection of wines that, while perhaps not heralded in the same breath as the legendary 2009 or 2010 vintages, have a unique charm representative of the year's climatic idiosyncrasies. The 2011 La Fleur Petrus from Chateau La Fleur Petrus exemplifies such a character with remarkable finesse.
A Notable Expression of Pomerol Terroir
Resting on the famed plateau of Pomerol, this esteemed Château produced a wine in 2011 that compellingly articulates both the might and delicacy achievable in this hallowed region. A more approachable youthful offering than one might typically expect from Pomerol, the 2011 La Fleur Petrus unfurls graceful layers of dark fruit tempered by an earthy subtlety, indicating a meritorious harvest despite the vintage's challenges.
Investment Merits Amidst Variability
For connoisseurs and investors alike, there is much to be admired in this wine's ability to offer immediate pleasurable drinking experiences coupled with potential for medium-term cellaring benefits. While 2011 as a vintage may be viewed with circumspection amidst its illustrious neighbours' years, it presents an intriguing proposition for diversifying a portfolio with wines that bear the advantage of earlier maturation windows.
The 2011 La Fleur Petrus reveals a tenacious spirit. Vibrant acidity underpins its ripe berry flavours while tobacco and spice nuances allude to classic Pomerol complexity. Firm tannins suggest that while this vintage is expressive now, it holds the structure for continued evolution within its capsule for several more years.
In summary, this wine is one to watch—its poised expression of 2011 offers a distilled essence of what makes Pomerol such an investment-worthy appellation. The convergence of an atypical vintage and the esteemed winemaking philosophy of Chateau La Fleur Petrus results in a wine that commands attention and respect. A discerning addition to any collection seeking both the pedigree of Bordeaux's right bank and the charming singularity of the 2011 season.
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Scores and tasting notes
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James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 19th 2014
A medium ruby color is followed by a vivid nose of sweet kirsch, raspberries, flowers and dusty, loamy soil notes. This terrifically scented 2011 is medium-bodied, quintessentially elegant, and loaded with flavor. Obviously, the Moueixs have dedicated considerable time and money to upgrade this terroir as recent vintages have been among the most impressive wines I have ever tasted from La Fleur-Petrus. This relatively forward 2011 Pomerol should drink well for 10-15 years.
Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #212 Apr 2014
Tasted at JP Moueix. I left my sample of La Fleur-Petrus to unfurl over five minutes and it was worth the wait. It unfolds with lovely floral aromas: rose petals sprinkled over red fruits and a scent of oyster shell emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine silky tannins, a gentle but insistent grip in the mouth and a layered cassis and dark plum fruit profile that is elegant and yet powerful. This is another sensual 2011 from Mon. Moueix and his team. Tasted April 2012.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal May 2012
The 2011 Château La Fleur-Petrus is surprisingly forward and as someone that bangs Bordeaux, I would not begrudge anyone for opening this now. It has plenty of fruit on the nose: raspberry coulis, truffle and just a touch of menthol that evolves after an hour the bottle has been opened. This is precocious in the context of the vintage. The palate is soft and fleshy on the entry, quite saline with sappy black fruit, fruit-forward for the first hour, but then seeming to run out of ideas after an hour and thinning out (whereas the 2012 fans out). As a consequence, it just feels a little grainy and hard, in contrast to the more comely bouquet. Tasted February 2016.
Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 28 July 2016