89-92/100 Robert Parker Jr. Made in a distinctive style, the 2011 La Fleur-Petrus is similar to Petrus in weight, richness and overall personality. A dense ruby/purple/plum color is accompanied by notes of creme caramel, sweet black cherries and raspberries. Medium-bodied, stylish and potentially complex as well as concentrated, it should drink nicely for 15 or more years.
17/20 James Lawther MW, Decanter. Difficult to follow the excellent 2010 but remains true to style. Medium-bodied, fine, fresh and elegant with silky texture and tannins. Drink 2018-2028.
17/20 Julia Harding MW, Jancis Robinson. Vineyard encépagement: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Smells riper and darker than the Hosanna but still with the Cab Franc freshness showing through. More obviously oaky on the palate than some in this Moueix line up but has the richness of fruit to handle. Good fruit depth with a dry, moreish finish.
91-94/100 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator. This is nicely packed for the vintage, with flavors of apple wood, cherry preserves and sandalwood laced with black tea and plum notes on the finish. A step up in range and depth. Tasted non-blind.
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.