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4 March 2016 News

Decanter writer Andrew Jefford makes a case for reassessment of the maligned 2011 vintage (“Kicking the hell out of Bordeaux 2011”), and selects his top wines, which include La Fleur Petrus 2011. Below is an excerpt.

“Which is better in 11, the Trotanoy or the Fleur-Pétrus? It’s a hard call, and Trotanoy certainly has more belly flesh to it, but I love the yin-yang contrast between the stealth, grace and finesse of La Fleur-Pétrus’s delicate fruit style and its firm, corrective but un-brutal tannins. There is admirable glowing gravelly ripeness here, too, without the clumsiness which clay soils could bring in 2011. 93

I spent two happy days in September 2015 tasting most of the top red Bordeaux 2011s (though not, alas, the First Growths, Petrus, Cheval Blanc and Ausone). To position this vintage as worse than the skinny-latte 2002s, the charmless 2004s and the sometimes weak-kneed 2007s, and to hang adjectives like “miserable” around its neck, seems to me a miscarriage of justice. Personally, I like 2011 more than the sometimes tight-lipped and over-serious 2008s, and at least as much as the enjoyable, laid-back, gutsy 2006s (a vintage with which it has much in common), and I think it compares favourably with 2002, 2004 and 2007.”

Click here to read the full article

 
19 January 2016 Feature, News

An important article on Chateau La Fleur-Pétrus has appeared on the Wine Spectator, as below.  James Molesworth writes that for Christian Moueix, “it is arguably at  La Fleur-Pétrus that the Moueix flag flies the highest” and “with newfound focus and a now-established vineyard base for his family’s longest-owned estate, it would seem that Christian Moueix has finally built his flagship”. Those are enormous statements considering Christian Moueix’ history and extraordinary properties.

As always with Christian Moueix, no decisions are taken lightly or quickly; the renewed work at La Fleur-Pétrus has been a decade in the making, and if you speak with him, he’ll tell you to wait another decade to see how this property truly develops.  As the exclusive U.S. importer of LFP since the 2003 vintage, we’ve been watching carefully, and think the wine is pretty out of sight now.

Full article here.

 
27 July 2015 News

Decanter magazine released an article in their Bordeaux 2015 issue entitled, “Bordeaux’s top tens” looking at the top 1990, 2000, and 2010 vintages. Chateau La Fleur-Petrus made the spread with the 2000 vintage! Decanter editor, Stephen Brook recommends the 1990 and 2010 La Fleur Petrus to readers.

 
6 July 2015 News

The Wine Advocate published a retrospective on the 2005 vintage in Bordeaux in its June 30th issue. See below for the text of the reviews for Chateau Recougne, Chateau Boutisse, La Serre, La Fleur Petrus, and Chateau Margaux.

Ch Recougne 2005

“One of the best Bordeaux Supérieurs money can buy, this blend of 78% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon has an incredible track record of aging 20 to 30 or more years. The 2005 has a dense ruby/purple color, good acidity, sweet, ripe tannin, impressive concentration and density, and a youthful mouthfeel. This wine could go on for another two decades. It is a sleeper of the vintage.promises to be better in another 5-10 years and last at least 25 or more years.” 89 Points

Chateau Boutisse 2005

“From a relatively large estate of 60 acres stretching across the limestone plateau of St.-Emilion, a nose of currants and black cherries interwoven with spring flowers jumps from the glass of this opaque purple wine. Some light to moderate tannins are still present, but the wine is medium to full-bodied and much more impressive than I remember it earlier in life. This sleeper of the vintage is nicely textured, pure, and capable of lasting another 12-15+ years.” 90 Points

La Serre 2005

“The 2005 La Serre is a delicious, soft, round, fruit-driven wine from proprietor Luc d’Arfeuille. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.” 86 Points

La Fleur Petrus 2005

“Abundant sweet cherry and truffle, new saddle leather and spice box notes are present in this medium to full-bodied, supple-textured, silky Pomerol. It is less concentrated than some of the big boys such as Gazin, Le Gay, L’Evangile and Certan de May, but it is an elegant, finesse style of wine to drink over the next 10-15 years.” 92 Points

Chateau Margaux 2005

“The first-growth 2005 Château Margaux (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot), a lavish fragrance of blackcurrants, velvety new saddle leather, spring flowers and spice soars from the glass. The wood is already totally concealed beneath the cascade of fruit in this medium to full-bodied, pure and majestic wine. This concentrated, dense, but nevertheless strikingly elegant, multi-layered wine has a finish of 45+ seconds. It builds incrementally to a crescendo and finale. This is a stunner that can be approached already, but promises to be better in another 5-10 years and last at least 25 or more years.” 98 Points

 
10 April 2015 News

Tim Atkins MW gives his impressions of the 2014 vintage in a recent article on Wine Searcher. Chateau La Fleur-Petrus is selected as one of his top 10 wines. Below is his review. Click here to read the full article!

Château La Fleur-Pétrus (Pomerol)

“A blend of Merlot with 7 percent Cabernet Franc, this is the best wine in the J-P Moueix portfolio in 2014. It’s a very delicate, even floral wine, despite its 14 percent alcohol, with notes of red fruits, subtle oak and a mineral, grassy undertone. 97 points.

 

 
23 February 2015 News

In a wide-reaching Decanter profile, writer Andrew Jefford goes into detail about Christian Moueix’s current projects.  Christian  has been keeping busy notably overseeing improvements in his vineyards and grooming his son, Edouard, to eventually take over the family business.  The elder Moueix’s main vineyard project is to advance the drainage systems of his Pomerol vineyards.  As the author points out, “anyone who has toured Pomerol after a rainy spell will know that drainage here is often inadequate.”  Christian Moueix is solving the problem of the flat Pomerol plateau by installing new wells and pumping systems.  The years to come will certainly prove to be grand as the father-and-son team continue to produce expertly crafted wines.  As the author concludes, “the two seem to work well together, and share the same ideals and aims, the same delicacy of touch, the same aesthetic way of enjoining life and conceiving of wine.”  A combination like that can be sure to continue to succeed into the future.

An excerpt from the article can be found here.

 
14 July 2014 News

An article on Christian Moueix in the Huffington Post gives an overview of Christian’s remarkable career and how he  started out in the wine trade. Below is an excerpt. Click here to read the piece.

“Christian Moueix’s biography reads like no one else in the wine trade, and has led to, amongst other accolades, his selection as Decanter magazine’s Man of the Year in 2008. He has involved himself in enology, viticulture, and the sales and promotion of eight chateaux on the Right Bank of the Gironde river in Bordeaux. He is also, along with his wife Cherise, the owner of Dominus Estate In Napa Valley. Their deep involvement in Pomerol, Saint Emilion, and the region of Bordeaux, along with their long ownership of the Dominus Estate have given them a perspective in wine that is truly unique.”

 
9 December 2013 News

Slave to the Grape blogger, Mick Cameron features an interview he has with Christian Moueix. “I recently spoke with him about his family’s history, his perspective on the wine industry and the philosophy that animates his place in it.” To read the full blog click here.


 
11 July 2013 News

We wanted to pass along some big news unveiled at Vinexpo a few weeks ago concerning La Fleur-Pétrus.  With the acquisition of 10 acres adjoining Le Pin, La Fleur-Pétrus now encompasses 3 parcels of 45 acres on the plateau of Pomerol.  The charming 1782 farmhouse on the first parcel is unfortunately no longer able to handle the vinification to the standards of the Moueix family, and so the announcement: the building and cellars previously used to vinify and age Chateau Providence and Hosanna are now Chateau La Fleur-Pétrus.  Christian Moueix held a lunch at the “new” LFP to make this announcement, and you can see some pictures below of the Chateau and attendees arriving at the lunch:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This new facility is adjoining one of the La Fleur-Pétrus plots, and has the advantage of being central to them and also in the center of Pomerol.  You can see attached a map of the plots, the Chateau, and their relativity to other landmarks on the Pomerol plateau.  Christian Moueix tied in the celebration of this announcements with the 100th anniversary of his father’s birth.  La Fleur-Pétrus was his father Jean-Pierre Moueix’ first purchase, in 1950, and the start of the incredible group of Pomerol vineyards he acquired, including Pétrus and Trotanoy.  It was a special day, which started with a tasting of the 2005-2010 vintages of LFP, the period in which this property has grown to be considered among the very top estates in all of Bordeaux.  This tasting was followed by the lunch, in the cellar, still quite small and simple as you can see.  Only two wines were served, but they were from 2 great Pomerol vintages, and did more than enough to testify to the elegance and seduction that are the hallmarks of La Fleur-Pétrus: 1970 and 1998.

 
27 March 2013 News

Markus Del Monego and Andreas Larsson, Best Sommeliers of the World in 1998 and 2007, respectively, released  their top picks for 2009 and 2010 Bordeaux from a blind tasting they held of over 360 wines.

Chateau La Fleur-Pétrus has an incredible showing, with the 2010 placing as the #5 wine (97 Points) and the 2009 placing as the #13 wine (95 Points).  Click here to see the full article, and below to see the reviews for LFP.

 2010 Vintage:

“Clear, dark, ruby colour. Still youthful on the nose with fine purity, a mineral notion, dark plum, chocolate and floral notes. The palate is dense and concentrated without heaviness, very elegant dark fruit, well integrated oak, a  gentle toastiness and magnificent quality of tannin. Superbly long and powerful finish; a remarkable wine with a great potential; still in its infancy, but doubtlessly potent.” 97 Points Andreas Larsson

“Dark, purple red with violet hue and black centre. Nose quite open with opulent aromas, elegant spices and almost balmy fruit. On the palate excellent length, great finesse and complex character.” 97 Points Markus Del Monego

2009 Vintage

“Dark, ruby red; rather discreet nose, well settled oak, earthy and dark fruity with some vanilla and fine spices. Very dense and structured, lush fruit kept back by fine silky tannins, very good length; good depth and harmony; still young, but should develop really well; discreet elegance.” 95 Points Andreas Larsson

“Dark, purple red with violet hue. Very elegant style, vanilla and butterscotch, dark berries and mild spices. On the palate well structured, elegant with excellent length freshness. A wine with its own class.” 95 Points Markus Del Monego