La Fleur Petrus 2000
Tasting Notes La Fleur Petrus 2000
I am not convinced the 2000 La Fleur Petrus is going to eclipse the 1998, which performed even better in a recent tasting. Nevertheless, it is a terrific effort from this estate, sandwiched between the hallowed vineyards of Petrus and Lafleur. A deep plum/ruby color is followed by aromas of mocha, kirsch liqueur, loamy soil, spice box, and licorice. It is an opulent, medium to full-bodied, big, substantial yet elegant, precise Pomerol displaying beautiful purity. It is just beginning to drink well, and should continue to age for another 10+ years. One of the two bottles I tasted was corked.
A delicious nose of black olives, brown sugar, and sliced plums. Full bodied but shy, with a dense palate and soft and silky tannins. Flavors of milk chocolate, plums, and light vanilla bean come through. This is so good now, but wait three to four years to really see it shine.
Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index's 2000 tasting in London. Very well defined on the nose, superb mineralite and clarity with touches of limestone and undergrowth inflecting the black fruit accompanied by scents of cedar, sous-bois, a touch of thyme and then sandalwood. Smooth on the entry, nice weight with rounded tannins, blackberry, graphite, cedar and a touch of mint, dense and sinewy towards the finish. This is a lovely La Fleur-Petrus that should last 20-25 years. Drink 2012-2030+ Tasted March 2010.