La Fleur Petrus 2010
Tasting Notes La Fleur Petrus 2010
Fresh and clean with hazelnut, chocolate and berry character. Truffles too. Full body, with silky tannins and a tangy finish. I like the balance and finesse to this young Lafleur Petrus. So refined and beautiful. Better in 2017.
This wine has a character similar to its cross-street neighbor, Petrus, displaying sweet mulberry and intense black fruit characteristics, with a hint of vanillin and loads of black cherry jam. Full-bodied, extravagantly luscious, with a skyscraper-like mid-palate and phenomenal length of close to 50 seconds, the wine has plenty of tannin, but the voluptuous fruit, power and overall glycerin and intensity tend to conceal much of it. Elegant but compellingly rich and authoritative, the 2010 is a truly magnificent wine for this estate, which has one of the finest terroirs in all of Pomerol. Forget it for 5-7 years and drink it over the following 30-35. This 2010 is one of the most remarkable wines ever produced at this estate. The vineyard, about the same size as Petrus at 35 acres, is virtually all Merlot, but there is some Cabernet Franc in the final blend.
Served at a mini-vertical at the chateau, the 2010 Chateau La Fleur-Petrus has a very succinct nose that has closed down a little since I last tasted it. The nascent wine is certainly well defined with blackberry, cedar and pleasant, marine-like notes waiting in the wings and wondering whether to enter centre stage later on. Leaving it aside for a few minutes, it develops even greater tension, just a hint of seaweed beginning to emerge. The palate has a pleasant saline note on the entry. Crisp acidity with fine tannins and unapologetically masculine as one would expect for the vintage, it still manages to deliver a refined finish. Excellent. Tasted June 2013.