|Chateau La Fleur Petrus
|Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Bordeaux Blend,
A major sleeper of the vintage, the 2008 La Fleur Petrus (90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc) is a remarkably sexy, opulent wine that transcends the vintage character. Its dense plum/ruby/purple color is accompanied by notes of sweet black cherries, licorice, truffles and a hint of graphite. Full-bodied with silky tannin as well as undeniable appeal, richness, purity and a 40+ second finish, this is a sure-fire big buy in 2008. Drink it over the next 20+ years.
On the high-toned side, but ripe and persistent, with red currant and red cherry fruit pushed by licorice and sweet spice. There's a racy edge on the floral-tinged finish, where the fruit fleshes out a bit more, boding well for cellaring.
Rene Gabriel rates this wine 18/20 points.