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2016 Château La Fleur Petrus

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RATINGS

99James Suckling

Wow. The blackberry, dried-flower and orange-peel aromas are so impressive... Full-bodied with a solid core of powerful yet fine-grained tannins. It goes on for minutes.

98Jeb Dunnuck

...regal and elegant, with an incredibly floral quality in its red and blue fruits, crushed rock, forest floor, and graphite-tinged aromas and flavors...medium to full-bodied, rich, layered effort has notable structure, integrated acidity, beautiful balance, and a rock star finish.

97The Wine Advocate

...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.

97Vinous / IWC

...striking aromatics. Light on its feet yet also quite fleshy... Blood orange and floral notes add brightness to the red-toned fruit in this silky, beautifully nuanced Pomerol...rich, dense and spectacularly beautiful, with a persistent, saline-drenched finish...

95Wine Enthusiast

It has weight and density as well as dark tannins and rich black fruits. It shows great style with its beautifully integrated tannins.

94Wine Spectator

Ripe and warm in feel, with an alluring mix of creamy textured cherry, red currant and raspberry reduction notes, mixed with black tea and incense accents...spine of graphite, with a hint of Turkish coffee lurking at the very end.

16.5Jancis Robinson

Sweet... Chewy, dry end...pretty juicy and pleasing. Leathery tannins.

REGION

France, Bordeaux, Pomerol

Pomerol is the smallest of Bordeaux’s red wine producing regions, with only about 2,000 acres of vineyards. Located on the east side of the Dordogne River, it is one of the so-called “right bank” appellations and therefore planted primarily to Merlot. Pomerol is unique in Bordeaux in that it is the only district never to have been rated in a classification system. Some historians think Pomerol’s location on the right bank made it unattractive to Bordeaux-based wine traders, who had plenty of wine from Medoc and Graves to export to England and northern Europe. Since ranking estates was essentially a marketing ploy to help brokers sell wine, ranking an area where they did little business held no interest for them. Pomerol didn’t get much attention from the international wine community until the 1960s, when Jean-Pierre Moueix, an entrepreneurial wine merchant, started buying some of Pomerol’s best estates and exporting the wines. Today the influential Moueix family owns Pomerol’s most famous estate, Château Pétrus, along with numerous other Pomerol estates. Pomerol wines, primarily Merlot blended with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, are considered softer and less tannic than left bank Bordeaux.