Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Fleur la Mothe offers up pronounced notions of cassis, blackberry pie and Black Forest cake with hints of pencil shavings, black olives and lavender. Medium bodied, the palate has an impressive intensity of crunchy black fruits with a lively backbone and well-managed, grainy tannins, finishing long and fragrant.
91 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Apr 2021)
Aromas of blackberries, dark chocolate and dried violets. Oyster-shell and meaty aromas, too. It’s medium-bodied with sleek tannins. Soft and supple. Nice, subtle texture. Try from 2022.
91 points, James Suckling (Mar 2021)
Spicy oak, tobacco, dried flowers, and blackcurrant notes all make an appearance in the 2018 Château Fleur La Mothe. This beautiful, seamless 2018 is medium to full-bodied and has a plump, rounded texture, ripe tannins, and a great finish. A satisfying, balanced Médoc, it should have a solid 8-10 years of prime drinking. I'm a fan and would be happy to have a bottle on the dinner table.
90 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Mar 2021)
I was pleased to see that the aromatics on the 2018 Fleur La Mothe have gained more refinement and focus since I tasted it from barrel, offering blackberry and briar, touches of blue fruit and sous-bois scents emerging with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, fine weight and focus and just the right amount of grip on the structured finish. Allow 3–4 years in bottle, because this Cru Bourgeois can age seriously well.
90 points, Neal Martin, Vinous (Mar 2021)