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  • Country ranking ?

    186
  • Producer ranking ?

    6
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Beef Medallion with Green Quinoa

The Story

Between the estates of Pétrus and La Fleur-Pétrus, amid vineyards, stands a stone house with closed shutters. The road that winds to the house between the vine rows has no signs or indications as to the name of the place. The construction looks more like a maintenance shed for the neighbouring estates than the main building of a winery. However, this is a house that makes one of the most desirable wines in Bordeaux: Château Lafleur.

Lafleur’s wines form an interesting contrast to their neighbour, Pétrus. Their terroirs differ significantly, even though the distance between them is only 50–100 metres. Whereas Pétrus is more seductively rich, full-bodied and intense, Lafleur is charming in its elegance, femininity and subtlety.
Lafleur’s wines are delightful, but they do require aging for at least twenty years in order to display their full, nuanced character. Guinaudeau’s investments into improving quality in all of Lafleur’s functions promise an even better future for the friends of Lafleur. Although tasting the 1947, 1950, 1961, 1975 or 1982, one can only wonder whether Lafleur’s wines could get any better?

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Vintage 1975

“Lafleur is a single-vineyard wine with exceptional terroir qualities. Firstly, it is located on a very gentle amphitheatrical slope to the north of Pétrus. The soil is clearly more gravelly and brown than the red clay at Pétrus. A comprehensive soil analysis in 1998 found that the estate comprises as many as five different types: the northwest has brown gravel, the south is more clay-based and sandy gravel, and the east has sandy clay with some gravel. In the middle is a mixture of all of those. These have completely different conditions in terms of the grapes’ ripening, size and concentration. The concentration is also affected by the old vines, with their average age of thirty years. The oldest vines actually go back five decades. We work the vineyard as four different plots, even though they go towards a single wine. We grow two varieties, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, but the differences in soil result in very different grapes within each variety. This diversity is the secret to Lafleur’s greatness,” Guinaudeau explains.

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Average Bottle Price

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000
2 007€ -6.9% 2 155€ -3.4% 2 231€ -0.4% 2 239€ -8.8% 2 455€ +106.5% 1 189€ +69.4% 702€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

16 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full, Brick red and Healthy

ending

Long, Flavorful and Lingering

flavors

Cedar, Mineral, Blackcurrant, Vanilla, Leather and New-oak

nose

Intense, Generous, Tempting and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Warming, Balanced, Good texture, Concentrated, Full-bodied, Rich, Vigor, Firm, Dry and Drying tannins

Verdict

Intelligent and Full-bodied

Written Notes

I usually serve Bordeaux before Burgundies nowadays, although Gil, both Mr. Wine Vegas and Mr. Bordeaux, insisted we go the other way. After a small resistance, I acquiesced, and he was right on this night, as the 1975 Lafleur that followed pumped and thumped. It was extra chocolaty in its nose. There was a touch of overmaturity at first, but that blew off over time, and its greatness couldn’t be doubted. Its super chocolaty-ness was balanced by a touch of royal garden. Its rich, dense palate was oh so thick and quick to impress. It kept getting better and better with each sip. There were huge tannins just starting to show a touch of melt, but only a touch. Olive flavors and marijuana aromas joined the party, or perhaps they made it one lol. Thick, long and special, this was a spectacular wine (98).

  • 98p

1975 Lafleur – well what can one say – another kind of perfection, yet being so bloody discreet. There´s no show off here, and I’m sure that the legendary sisters Robin never tried to make anything remarkable, they just tended their vineyards and made wine kind off… however this alluring terroir has something special, I love to imbibe its perfume, as it offers so much, so many nuances and fragrances. The taste starts out very discreet but it just expands and lingers on the palate. This is truly a wine that deserves to be called Grand Vin…

Neal called this rare legend a wine of fascinating flaws, that somehow come together to produce something greater than the sum of those flaws. And perhaps they are even better described as quirks that coalesce into something enchanting. The wine is developing glacially. In my experience, 10 years ago, 5 years ago and last evening, seem not to have seen it budge much, possibly reminiscent of the 1928 vintage for Chateau Margaux and Palmer, and possibly Latour. Red fruit, prunes, menthol, exotic fruitcake all swirl on the bouquet. It opens with old style acidity keeping some of its fruit in check. You get fig, truffles, spices and plums at and past the mid palate. You feel you should give it another hour or so in the glass to get its full dimensions. It finishes with a lovely savory tinged sweetness that laps on the palate. It was remarkable, though you had to concentrate after the ‘82’s, and give it time to really blossom. 98 Points

  • 98p

Information

Origin

Pomerol, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

Serious

Glass time

1h

Drinking temperature

16

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 Andreas Larsson / Best Sommelier in the World 2004, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Lafleur 1975  ( Château Lafleur )

1975 Lafleur – well what can one say – another kind of perfection, yet being so bloody discreet. There´s no show off here, and I’m sure that the legendary sisters Robin never tried to make anything remarkable, they just tended their vineyards and made wine kind off… however this alluring terroir has something special, I love to imbibe its perfume, as it offers so much, so many nuances and fragrances. The taste starts out very discreet but it just expands and lingers on the palate. This is truly a wine that deserves to be called Grand Vin…

7m 12d ago

98p
 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Lafleur 1975  ( Château Lafleur )

Neal called this rare legend a wine of fascinating flaws, that somehow come together to produce something greater than the sum of those flaws. And perhaps they are even better described as quirks that coalesce into something enchanting. The wine is developing glacially. In my experience, 10 years ago, 5 years ago and last evening, seem not to have seen it budge much, possibly reminiscent of the 1928 vintage for Chateau Margaux and Palmer, and possibly Latour. Red fruit, prunes, menthol, exotic fruitcake all swirl on the bouquet. It opens with old style acidity keeping some of its fruit in check. You get fig, truffles, spices and plums at and past the mid palate. You feel you should give it another hour or so in the glass to get its full dimensions. It finishes with a lovely savory tinged sweetness that laps on the palate. It was remarkable, though you had to concentrate after the ‘82’s, and give it time to really blossom. 98 Points

9m 9d ago

98p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Lafleur 1975  ( Château Lafleur )

I usually serve Bordeaux before Burgundies nowadays, although Gil, both Mr. Wine Vegas and Mr. Bordeaux, insisted we go the other way. After a small resistance, I acquiesced, and he was right on this night, as the 1975 Lafleur that followed pumped and thumped. It was extra chocolaty in its nose. There was a touch of overmaturity at first, but that blew off over time, and its greatness couldn’t be doubted. Its super chocolaty-ness was balanced by a touch of royal garden. Its rich, dense palate was oh so thick and quick to impress. It kept getting better and better with each sip. There were huge tannins just starting to show a touch of melt, but only a touch. Olive flavors and marijuana aromas joined the party, or perhaps they made it one lol. Thick, long and special, this was a spectacular wine (98).

10m 2d ago

95p
 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Lafleur 1975  ( Château Lafleur )

"A big powerful wine with great concentration. Tannic but with plenty of sweet fruit to balance it.
One of the very best ‘75s. 97 pts.
"

2y 7m ago

96p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Lafleur 1975  ( Château Lafleur )

"The 1975 Lafleur was black as midnight, so concentrated and rich. It was ‘a tannic pucker’ as one commented. Secondary aromas of leather, tar and mint gave way to flavors of tobacco, plum and more leather. Monstrously tight, it was hailed as ‘a voluptuous virgin,’ with decadent cherry flavors slowly emerging. This will be thrilling wine for decades to come. This was another wine of the weekend (96+).
"

4y 10m ago

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