Chateau La Fleur Peyrabon 2016

Chateau La Fleur Peyrabon 2016

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The Chateau was constructed in 1766. It was so popular in its early life, that the price was comparable to the Classified growths. In the late 1800s, the owner thought the wine should be included in the Classification and sued to have a reclassification. He lost the lawsuit and Chateau La Fleur Peyrabon remained unclassified. The current owner purchased Chateau La Fleur Peyrabon in 1998. Patrick Bernard is the owner of Millesima which is both a Bordeaux negociant and a direct Mail order house for wines. He has replanted the vineyards and spent over 2 million dollars renovating the estate.
The estate has 17 hectares in the Pauillac appellation and another 40 hectares in the Haut Medoc Application. It is planted 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.
Wine Advocate: 90
The 2016 La Fleur Peyrabon has a perfumed, floral bouquet not a million miles away from Margaux. I appreciate the definition and freshness here. The palate is medium-bodied, not a powerful Pauillac but very elegant. The tannins here seem very fine and there is wonderful tension towards the finish. Maybe not a long-term proposition—it may need more body—but it is a beautiful wine that should give a lot of pleasure over the next 10-15 years.
Decanter: 90
This is pretty closed down. Feel the weight and the swagger of the tannins, it's a good wine but more foursquare and old school than many Pauillacs who have worked their tannins a little more silkily this year. But I like the traditional side to it - a Pauillac lovers' Pauillac, and a value pick at this wine's usual price point. Drinking Window 2023 - 2038.
Wine Enthusiast: 93
This wine comes from a 17-acre portion of the Peyrabon estate that is in Pauillac. Bottled separately, it has a high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon that gives great richness as well as structure. This rich, ageworthy wine will likely be ready to drink from 2023.
Vinous: 89
The 2016 Fleur Peyrabon has a fresh summer fruit, blackberry and briary scented bouquet that is well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with quite a sharp opening, plenty of cedar and graphite here although I would like to see more fruit developed on the finish. Fine. Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois tasting in London.