Deep ruby. Ripe aromas of blackcurrant jam, blueberry pie, minerals and spices. Nicely rich and dense, with blueberry jam and blackberry syrup flavors refreshed by lively harmonious acidity. This is one of the rare wines in 2013 that does remind one of cassis. Finishes with very good length. A major success.
Tasted blind. Mid garnet. Leafy but quite fragrant. Then pretty lean in the middle and dry on the finish. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030
Robert Parker 91
The 2013 La Fleur Petrus is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and offers a more enticing bouquet than the Latour-à-Pomerol at this early stage, more depth of fruit on the nose thanks to that pure Merlot: small red cherries, crushed strawberry and just a hint of iodine. The palate is sweet on the entry with crushed red berries, sea salt, bay leaf and a pinch of black pepper. This is well balanced and with more rondeur than the comparatively masculine Latour-à-Pomerol, suave on the finish even if it does not bestow the same complexity as other vintages from this Pomerol estate. Give it just another year in bottle and then it should give 12-15 years drinking pleasure, possibly more.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2032