Taking its name from its nearest neighbours, Petrus and Chateau Lafleur, the estate passed through several hands before being bought by Jean Pierre Moueix in 1953. While already established as a wine producer of great clout, the estate truly came into its own under his capable hands. The vineyards were replanted after the 1956 frost, after which four hectares of old vines - from Chateau Le Gay - were added to their vineyards.
Famed for producing wines of grace, sensuality, and style, the 2016 has proved no exception. Antonio Galloni lauded it as “utterly captivating from the very first taste”, and Andrew Caillard extolled the virtues of its “extraordinary density and complexity.”
A brick house, with a strong ganache, charcoal and roasted alder spine that remains the dominant feature for now, though there's ample black currant, plum and raspberry fruit in reserve. Offers a muscular yet racy finish, thanks to a beautiful graphite note that drives through. Though unlikely to surpass them, this will nonetheless give '09 and '10 a run for their money.
96 points, Wine Spectator (December 2015)
A beautiful nose of subtle balance. Minerals, stones, raspberries, and plums. The nose has harmony. Full bodied and compacted, this brings a powerful palate and a great deal of finesse to the glass. Incredible purity of fruit, ripe berries, and notes of licorice. Overall this wine is bright and needs 8 to 12 years. Find the wine.
95 points, JamesSuckling.com (March 2011)
Initially, this seems soft and superripe. But the acidity that shows through balances the black cherry jam flavors, and the touch of mint gives a delicious edge. The aftertaste brings back juicy, ripe fruit.
94 points, Wine Enthusiast (June 2008)
As one might expect from the Moueix family, this is a classic, traditionally styled Bordeaux exhibiting a deep ruby color, medium body, and a sweet perfume of licorice and kirsch that are reminiscent of a Grenache-based wine from the southern Rhone. However, its elegance, freshness, and high but sweet tannin are unmistakably Bordeaux in style. This 2005 should round into shape in 5-8 years, and keep for a minimum of two decades.
93 points, Wine Advocate (April 2008)
Bright full red. Complex, subtle aromas of red fruits, pungent minerals, flowers, licorice and fresh herbs. Sweet, dense and nicely focused, with a sappy, medicinal quality to the dark fruit and mineral flavors. Finishes broad and vibrant if a bit youthfully wound up. This is built to age.
92+ points, Vinous (May 2008)
Pomerol, on the Right Bank of Bordeaux’s Gironde River, produces some of the world’s most sought-after wines, including those from such storied properties as Chateau Petrus. Yet Pomerol, the smallest of the fine-wine-producing districts of Bordeaux, offers no Grand Cru or Premier Cru wines: It’s the most significant Bordeaux appellation not included in any quality ranking. At the time of the historic 1855 Classification of Bordeaux, Right Bank chateaux were considered remote and difficult to travel to, and so were ignored by the merchants who created the classification. (St. Émilion, a notable neighbour on the Right Bank, created its own classification system in 1954.)
Pomerol has managed to do quite well without this form of validation. Pomerol’s predominantly clay soil is ideally suited for Merlot, the primary grape used in the appellation. Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are also included in Pomerol’s blended red wines. The wines of Pomerol are lush and rich, and generally not as tannic as the Cabernet-based wines of Bordeaux’s Left Bank. Although Pomerol’s very best wines are capable of aging for decades, most are made for immediate consumption. These Merlot-based wines are known for their lush texture, elegance and grace, as well as the softer tannins they offer in comparison to the Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines made elsewhere in Bordeaux.