Chateau La Fleur-Petrus 2010
1 or more bottles$630.00
A back vintage release from one of our key European suppliers, this wine has been exported direct from the Negociant cellar in Bordeaux.
Nose of apple wood, cherry, sandalwood, black tea, and plum notes. Smooth, deep, and a step up in quality. Flavours play through all the way to the fine, long finish.
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Bordeaux produces some of the most highly sought after and revered wines in the world. Located close to the coast, in the south-west of France the town and is divided by the Gironde River. Wines to the west of the river are referred to as left bank, and are Cabernet dominant. To the East of the river, on the right bank Merlot is the dominant grape variety. Throughout the 57 appellations, over 10,000 wine-making châteaux grow the red grapes; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. These are commonly blended and collectively referred to as clarets. Smaller amounts of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc is also grown in Bordeaux.
In 1855, due to the high export demands of Bordeaux wines, Emporer Napoleon III requested an official Bordeaux classification system, based on market costs of the wines at the time. The Chateaux were classified in to five ‘growths’ from first growth to fifth growth and cru Bourgois. Also in 1855 The Sauternes and Barsac classification covered the sweeter wines, with Chateau d’Yquem the only Superior First Growth, followed by Premiers Crus and Deux Deuxièmes Crus.
Pomerol is a highly respected red wine appellation in the Bordeaux region in the south-west of France. Unlike the majority of Bordeaux, (Medoc, Graves, Sauternes and Saint-Emilion), Pomerol does not utilize a formal wine classification system.
Merlot is the dominant grape in Pomerol and plays a large part in making the wines smooth and approachable in their youth. Cabernet Franc is also often present, adding structure and an element of savory spice. There is a very high demand for this style of wine on the international market and Pomerol wines are much sought after – particularly because they are also relatively long-lived.
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About the brand Chateau La Fleur De Bouard
Chateau La Fleur de Bouard wine is produced from a specific a two hectare parcel of old vines that average 45 years of age, situated on the Lalande de Pomerol plateau.
The 2 hectare vineyard has a terroir that is similar to Pomerol with its gravel and clay soils. The vineyard is planted to a vine density that ranges from 6,500 vines per hectare in the parcels with the oldest vines up to 8,500 vines per hectare in the more recent plantings.
In the vineyards of La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus, yields are kept low. To give you an idea of how low the yields are, for the 2009 vintage, the yields of La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus were only 20 hectolitres per hectare.
Along the very expensive method of producing the wine, the fact that only 300 to 400 cases of La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus are produced each year, makes this a unique wine for the Lalande de Pomerol appellation. On a quality level, it competes with and is better than many Pomerol wines. Based on a recent tasting of the 2000, it ages quite well too.