La Fleur Pétrus 2016

RegionBordeaux
SubregionPomerol
ColourRed
TypeStill

This famous Pomerol property has been run by the Moueix family since the 1950's and produces a wine that is always a classic of the appellation and keenly sought-after.


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Tasting Notes

The 2016 La Fleur-Pétrus has a straitlaced, conservative bouquet at first, but it gradually opens up with aeration to reveal blackberry and bilberry aromas and hints of crushed stone and rose petal. The palate is smooth and supple, with an almost citrus-like freshness. This is an energetic, joyful La Fleur-Pétrus, fanning out beautifully toward the sensual, slightly tart finish. It shows signs of melioration in barrel, and though I feel that the 2015 is better, it's still a damn good Pomerol. Drink 2024-2048

Score: 94Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019

The 2016 La Fleur Petrus is a blend of 91% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. I prefer the aromatics here compared to the Latour-à-Pomerol and Hosanna: much more fruit (raspberry coulis and crushed strawberry), allied with mineralité and a sense of joie-de-vivre. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, supple tannin. It offers black fruit infused with melted tar and graphite notes, the Cabernet Franc imparting a very subtle bell pepper note towards the finish. This is a very fine La Fleur Petrus, not as flamboyant as the 2015, yet pretty and sophisticated.
Drink Date 2021 - 2045

Score: 92/94Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

Blended of 91% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, the medium garnet-purple colored 2016 la Fleur-Petrus reveals stunning Black Forest cake, redcurrant jelly and wilted roses scents with underlying suggestions of pencil shavings, yeast extract, dark chocolate and cloves. Medium to full-bodied, the mid-palate possesses superb intensity and depth with layers of perfumed black fruits and loads of red fruit sparks framed by firm, ripe, grainy tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing on a lingering earthy note.

Drink Date
2021 - 2048

Score: 97Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (interim en), November 2018

Wow. The blackberry, dried-flower and orange-peel aromas are so impressive at first, but then they go to black truffle and wet earth. Full-bodied with a solid core of powerful yet fine-grained tannins. It goes on for minutes. A very muscular La Fleur-Pétrus. Drink after 2025.

Score: 99James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2019

So much to this and it shows the magic of Pomerol. Full-bodied, layered and tannic with all the energy and focus of a great vintage from this estate. Superb.

Score: 98/99James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017

The 2016 La Fleur-Pétrus soars out of the glass with striking aromatics. Light on its feet yet also quite fleshy, the 2016 has so much to offer. Blood orange and floral notes add brightness to the red-toned fruit in this silky, beautifully nuanced Pomerol. The 2016 is rich, dense and spectacularly beautiful, with a persistent, saline-drenched finish that makes it hard to resist a second taste. Drink 2026-2056.

Score: 97Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019

The 2016 La Fleur-Pétrus is all finesse. A wine of translucence and nuance, it is utterly captivating from the very first taste. Blood orange, chalk and white pepper overtones give the wine lift and tension that drive through to the finish. I imagine the 2016 will need a few years to enter its prime drinking window, but it is an absolute stunner today. The Cabernet Franc is especially expressive. The vintage was not without its challenges; some of the younger-vine Merlot succumbed to heat stress and was not used in the final blend. As a result, yields in finished wine are down about 20 percent.

Score: 95/98Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017

Dark crimson. Floral and complex bouquet that's not as dense as Hosanna's. The personality is not as clear. I wonder how many parcels went into this wine? Solid but not thrilling performance. Very dry end.
Drink 2025-2040

Score: 17-Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017

This famous Pomerol property has been run by the Moueix family since the 1950's and produces a wine that is always a classic of the appellation and keenly sought-after. Now 18.7 hectares in size, the 2016 is a blend of 91% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. Floral, perfumed and elegant on the nose. The palate shows great intensity without heavyness, the ripe and silky tannins carrying exotic, sweet plum and cherry fruit with nutmeg and cinnamon. Lifted, floral and long on the finish, this manages great poise and polish with superb typicity of the appellation.

Score: 17.5+Farr Vintners, February 2017

Fragrant the nose has violets the palate rich with ripe fruit brooding depth fleshy black plum. The tannins are fine and integrated sweet ripe fruit giving generosity and depth at the back the finish has concentrated black fruits. 2025-40

Score: 90/93Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017

One of my favourite Pomerols in 2016, this is a dense, complex, nuanced wine with remarkable structure, depth of flavour and focus. The tannins caress the tongue here, supported by aromatic oak, bright acidity and layers of savoury berry fruit. 2026-40

Score: 97Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017

It's been fascinating to watch the progression of this wine over the past few years as they have pushed out the less interesting parcels and pulled in those of Guillot and Providence. It is now a very complete footprint of 18.7ha around the 'plateau', not dropping below 30 metres (their definition of a plateau). This is now without a doubt one of the true stars of the appellation, planted to 91% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc on gravel and deep clay on an iron-rich subsoil. There are no corners cut here at all. It pulls you in with a seductive caress of violet and peony notes, then fills up the mid-palate with black cherry and bilberry, rounding it off with slate and cool ash. Tightly controlled and perfectly extracted.

Drinking Window 2027 - 2050

Score: 98Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017

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