La Fleur-Pétrus

La Fleur-Pétrus

The vineyard of La Fleur-Pétrus was shrewdly purchased in 1950, an outstanding year for the property, by the négociant Jean-Pierre Moueix.

Jean-Pierre Moueix came to Bordeaux with his family in 1929 and settled in Libourne, a town just west of Saint-Emilion and just south of Pomerol, where he founded his négociant business in 1937. Throughout the 1950s he bought several well-known properties nearby. As well as La Fleur-Pétrus, the family properties now include Pétrus, Trotanoy, Lagrange and Hosanna in Pomerol, and Bélair-Monange and Magdelaine in Saint-Emilion.

Jean-Pierre's son, Christian - who is also responsible for the exquisite Bordeaux-blend reds at Dominus Estate in California's Napa Valley - became president of the company in 1991, and since 2003 Christian has run the family properties with his own son, Edouard. The company also bulk-buys grapes from other producers, which it ages and bottles under the Moueix name, and sources The Society's Saint-Emilion and our Exhibition Pomerol.

La Fleur-Pétrus has undergone significant changes since it became part of the Moueix stable. The vines were almost totally destroyed by the devastating frost of 1956 so the whole vineyard was then replanted and needed time to gain maturity. In 1994 Christian Moueix was able to buy four hectares of the best plots of neighbouring Le Gay, which have added to the quality, and since 2011 the wine also benefits from a highly regarded 4.5-hectares plot from Guillot.

This brings the total vineyard area to 14.5 hectares, situated on the Pomerol plateau, and planted in the deep gravel which gives its wine such elegance and distinction.

The blend is 80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc, which spends 20 months in oak, 35% of which is new, and can age for between 10 and 30 years. Always an excellent, fairly-priced Pomerol, La Fleur-Pétrus has become consistently finer still since 2000, and both 2009 and 2010 are outstanding.

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