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  • Decanting time

    5h
  • When to drink

    from 2020
  • Food Pairing

    Porcini Mushroom Risotto with Gorgonzola Cheese

“The Château La Fleur-Petrus 2014 was the penultimate wine from JP Moueix that I tasted before Trotanoy and it marks a serious step up in quality from the wines that I had tasted before. Here there is much more fruit intensity and presence on the nose: animated crushed strawberry, raspberry and orange sorbet scents all well defined and unlike the previous wines…vivacious. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, tobacco and cigar ash infusing the solid core of red fruit with a long structured finish. It is not the greatest La Fleur-Petrus that I have tasted however, it is a great contribution to the vintage. Excellent.” -Wine Advocate (92-94 Points)

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The Story

This great château is located on the plateau of Pomerol next to its famous neighbours Château LAFLEUR and Château PETRUS. It was acquired by Ets. Jean- Pierre MOUEIX in 1953.
Today the estate is composed 90% of Merlot with an average vine age of 30 years and 10% of Cabernet Franc with an average vine age of 50 years.  Christian Moueix' obsessive work in the vineyard focuses on sap flow and the treatment of each vine individually.  In the cellar, vinifications are extremely precise but quite traditional: vinification in cement and stainless steel, aging in oak barriques for 18-22 months (usually ~50% new oak).

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Vintage 2014

A Snap-shot of the 2014 Vintage by Markus Del Monego MW

2014 had an early start with budbreak around 10 days ahead of the 10 years average. End of May flowering started on the early terroirs in heterogeneous conditions, whereas the later varieties such as Cabernet-Sauvignon and Franc as well as later terroirs took advantage of a warm and sunny period beginning of June. July and August where quite cool and humid and in the second half of August the vintners prepared themselves for a vintage even worse than 2013 but at the end of August everything changed. A spledid indian summer througout September and October saved the quality. Harvest started for the white grapes started three days later than in 2012 but two weeks later than 2011. For the red grapes the harvest startet with Merlot at the end of September and ended with the Cabernets in the second half of October. The cool climate during summer provides a higher acidity, the indian summer is responsible for the right ripening.

The dry white wines are on a very good quality level showing crisp acidity and ripe flavours. The noble sweet white wines also take advantage of the higher acidity balancing the opulent sweetness. Therefore this vintage seems more on the elegant side. The presentation of red wines depends very much on the grape varietes and terroirs. Overall the red wines are on a higher quality level than the three previous vintages. Saint-Emilion is excellent on the plateau calcaire and shows in general very good wines.

 In Pomerol the centre of the plateau was in advantage over the surrounding areas. Fronsac was a very positive surprise for 2014. In the Médoc the southern part proved to be more heterogenous than the northern part, where especially Saint-Estèphe was homogenous and excellent. South of Bordeaux Pessac-Léognan presented a very homogenous picture of a very good quality level with outstanding wines from Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion.

One last observation: This vintage digests oak in a great way. The oak is even not obvious in wines with a 100% new oak barrels for maturation. Now there are roughtly twelve month to follow for the maturation of the 2014s untill the bottling in 2016. A lot can happen in this period. Let us see how the wines will present themselves after bottling, it will be a very interesting tasting again. 2014 is not a great vintage like 2005, 2009 or 2010 but it will be able to secure a position as one of the very good vintages of Bordeaux.

 

 

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Pretty nose with violets, blueberry, crushed strawberry and some vanilla. Wonderful fruit on palate with juicy ripe red berries and some licorice. Nicely textured with good complexity and silky tannin. Very well balanced. 91-92p.
  • 92p
Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black centre. Opulent nose with rich fruit and discreet spicyness, elegant toasted flavours, with some oxygen postive evolution of flavours. On the palate body, weight and length, complex character, fine tannins and typical freshness. 94
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Origin

Pomerol, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

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 Marie Ahm, Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  Château La Fleur-Pétrus 2014  ( Château Lafleur-Pétrus )

"Pretty nose with violets, blueberry, crushed strawberry and some vanilla. Wonderful fruit on palate with juicy ripe red berries and some licorice. Nicely textured with good complexity and silky tannin. Very well balanced. 91-92p. "

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château La Fleur-Pétrus 2014  ( Château Lafleur-Pétrus )

"Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black centre. Opulent nose with rich fruit and discreet spicyness, elegant toasted flavours, with some oxygen postive evolution of flavours. On the palate body, weight and length, complex character, fine tannins and typical freshness. 94 "

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