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  • Country ranking ?

    897
  • Producer ranking ?

    22
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Plum pudding pork rack

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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Tasting note

ending

Long, Extensive and Flavorful

flavors

Bread and Sherry-like

taste

Well-Integrated, Developing, Medium-bodied, Ripe and Perfumed

Verdict

Exotic and Full-bodied

Written Notes

We were back to our regular programming with a not-so-regular 1985 Lafleur. This was all about its blackness in a fruit and olive way. It was a dark and brooding wine, showing the other side of Lafleur. Lafleurs can be super sweet and kinky, or dark and brooding, almost in Jekyll and Hyde fashion depending on the vintage. This still had some classic kink without being overly sweet, although it did get a touch sweeter in the nose. The Copperhead found it ‘a touch dry,’ without trying to be negative (94).
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First vintage at the property made by cousin of Robin sisters, Jacques Guinaudeau and his wife, Sylvie. Tasted in September 2012. Quite dark, matured flavours of cherries and truffles, broad and intense on palate, delicious velvety tannin, exquisite balance, long and sophisticated, persistent and smooth aftertaste. At its very peak right now. Excellent stuff.

  • 94p

Information

Origin

Pomerol, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Lafleur 1985  ( Château Lafleur )

First vintage at the property made by cousin of Robin sisters, Jacques Guinaudeau and his wife, Sylvie. Tasted in September 2012. Quite dark, matured flavours of cherries and truffles, broad and intense on palate, delicious velvety tannin, exquisite balance, long and sophisticated, persistent and smooth aftertaste. At its very peak right now. Excellent stuff.

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Lafleur 1985  ( Château Lafleur )

"We were back to our regular programming with a not-so-regular 1985 Lafleur. This was all about its blackness in a fruit and olive way. It was a dark and brooding wine, showing the other side of Lafleur. Lafleurs can be super sweet and kinky, or dark and brooding, almost in Jekyll and Hyde fashion depending on the vintage. This still had some classic kink without being overly sweet, although it did get a touch sweeter in the nose. The Copperhead found it ‘a touch dry,’ without trying to be negative (94)."

3y 7m ago

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