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Chateau La Fleur-Petrus

la-fleur-petrus.jpgWhilst not as famous as its two neighbours, Lafleur (200 metres to the north) and Petrus (200 metres to the west), La Fleur-Petrus is more than capable of producing superb wine from its celebrated terroir.

La Fleur-Petrus' 12 hectares of vines are planted to about 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, most of which were replanted following the devastating frost of 1956 which destroyed the entire vineyard, augmented with a parcel of four hectares (of old vines) purchased from Le Gay in 1995.  The soils, despite their close proximity to, are very different from Petrus, predominantly gravelly marl.

Winemaking is straightforward - approximately three weeks fermentation in concrete vats before ageing for 18 months in around 35% new oak.  The wine is fined but not filtered prior to bottling.

La Fleur-Petrus has always been an impressive wine, if rarely reaching the heights of its neighbours...until recently.  The past few years have witnessed an extraordinary run of wines, without doubt the finest in this property's history.