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    02:10 AM
  • Wine average?

    95 Tb
  • Country Ranking?

    92
  • Region Ranking?

    45
  • Popularity ranking?

    134

History

This great château is located on the plateau of Pomerol next to its famous neighbours Château LAFLEUR and Château PETRUS.

Over the last 15 years La Fleur-Pétrus has become one of the most fascinating and, from a quality standpoint, extraordinary stories in Bordeaux. A wine borne of a great historic terroir, that through nurture and creativity has become something greater than perhaps could have been imagined, and a bright shining light of Pomerol.


Named for its position between Château Petrus and Château La Fleur, Château La Fleur-Pétrus dates to the 18th century and with a long reputation for producing great wines.  In 1950 Château La Fleur-Pétrus became Jean-Pierre Moueix’ first vineyard purchase.  His son Christian has overseen the re-ascension of this estate to the top of Pomerol’s hierarchy, through his incredibly meticulous vineyard care and delicate precision in the cellar, and the addition of two parcels, in 2005 and 2012.


The work of the last 20 years has produced a wine of genuine complexity and character; what fires the imagination is the thought of the next 20 years.

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Vineyards

The 2015 vintage brings together the 3 plots of LFP, all situated within 1,500 feet of each other, at the highest elevation of Pomerol alongside the other top properties of the appellation.  LFP 1, the original block, is made up of large gravelly soil with an iron-rich underlayer, drained by its northerly slope.  The great elegance of the wine is what made LFP’s quality reputation, and gave it the distinction as Pomerol’s seductress, if you will.  LFP 2 sits in the center of Pomerol and is made up of gravelly clay, which along with the greater warmth the particular block receives, results in a wine of tremendous suppleness and dark fruit character.  LFP 3, the southern plot, has a remarkably fine, deep gravelly soil, with natural drainage toward the south, and produces a velvety, dense and structured wine.

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Winemaking

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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Inside information

Christian Moueix has managed a number of his family’s estates for over thirty years, developed important properties in Pomerol over the course of that time, and founded the Dominus estate in California. He has always followed his own instincts and analyses from early on, when he was the first winemaker in Bordeaux to green harvest, straight through to today, as he continues to make wines that retain elegance and balance and, most important, strive to reflect their terroir above all.

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