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Lafleur

Château Lafleur is a Bordeaux wine from the appellation Pomerol. The winery is located on the Right Bank of the Bordeaux wine region, in the commune of Pomerol in the department Gironde. As all wine produced in this appellation, Château Lafleur is unclassified, but the estate is estimated among the great growths of the region. Among the most rare and expensive wines, the wine is widely cited as one of the world's finest.

Since 1984 the estate has also produced a second wine named Les Pensées de Lafleur, which has been termed an 'insider's secret'.

The vineyard area consists of 4 hectares with the grape varieties of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc.

The annual production averages 1,000 cases of the Grand vin Château Lafleur and approximately 750 cases of the second wineLes Pensées de Lafleur.

Red

2010

Lafleur

Bordeaux

97 NM

Mint 

6x75cl

2

IB

Still Wine

97 Neal Martin

The Lafleur 2010 is more backward and laconic on the nose than the Petrus '10 tasted blind alongside, with broody earthy black fruit, hints of cedar and dried herbs. It is not as generous or as seductive as its peers, but it is very complex. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, a huge structure and a dense finish laced with white pepper. Backward and broody, dry on the finish with a long savoury tail, this is a quintessential Lafleur that does not quite match the 2009, although it is not far off. Tasted January 2014.

 

96+ Robert Parker

As for the Lafleur itself, their 2010 is another fabulous wine from this extraordinary terroir. Composed of 62% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot (identical to what I saw early on), this wine is tightly knit and built for the long haul. Neither is it as exuberant nor as opulent as the 2009 was showing at a similar stage of its life. In stylistic terms, it is more along the lines of a more modern-day 2000 . Deep ruby/purple, with sweet black raspberry and black cherry fruit as well as hints of forest floor, licorice and crushed rock, this wine has superb texture and a full-bodied mouthfeel – then the tannins kick in. This is a powerful, backward wine, and despite its elegance and precision, it needs at least a decade of cellaring. It is slightly more reserved and tannic than I remember it from barrel, but it is locked and loaded with potential. Forget it for a decade a drink it over the following 30-40 years.


Price: £5,594.00

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