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  • Country ranking ?

    40
  • Producer ranking ?

    2
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb Loin with Carrot Risotto

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 2000

“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
1 389€ -6.8% 1 490€ +10.8% 1 345€ -4.9% 1 414€ +1.1% 1 399€ +72.5% 811€ +35.4% 599€

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

11 tasting notes

Tasting note

ending

Endless, Pure and Flavorful

recommend

Yes

taste

Balanced, Youthful, Full-bodied, Round, Harmonious, Rich and Silky tannins

Verdict

Impressive and Masterpiece

Written Notes

a 'phenomenal nose,' Frank cooed. It was classic all the way around with incredible breed - the pungent minerality, the unbelievably pure red and black fruit symphony, the light cedar and jam, and there was an unbelievable harmony amongst all. 'The '98 is less concentrated than the 2000,' Guinaudeau (I think) remarked. There was great structure and intensity, but its balance and high pitch set it apart. The palate was rich, concentrated, mouth-filling and delicious with its chocolaty and minerally flavors. Long, balanced and pure, the wine was dripping with plums, plums and more plums. Believe the hype
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With the 1982 vintage, Lafleur joined the same rarefied group as Petrus and Le Pin. Chateau Lafleur had a long history of quietly making stunning wine. In fact, JP Moueix remarked that the only wine of Pomerol that was as good as, or even better than Petrus was Lafleur! 

2000 Chateau Lafleur is still a baby, with a lifetime of promise to look forward to? With that in mind, this was a great pair of wines to remember. But regardless of how I got here, this wine is off the hook! There are no two ways about it. At its best, Lafleur offers a kinky, exotic, hedonistic profile that is unequaled in other wines. 

 I bought this wine as a future in 2001 for a then whopping $300 per bottle. That was the most money I had ever spent on a wine. Like Paul McCartney sang, “How I long for Yesterday.”

 2000 Chateau Lafleur – I’m thinking this is the wine of the vintage, and that says a lot, when you consider how many great wines were born in 2000. But I have had this stunning Right Bank wine more than enough times to feel quite comfortable proclaiming that. The bottom line here is, the wine is opulence on steroids. It has unbelievable levels of concentration. A mouth feel that words cannot do justice to, and a finish that breaks the one minute mark and keeps on going. 100 Pts

 

and a finish that breaks the one minute mark and keeps on going. 100 Pts

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Tasted on the 9th December 2016. Lafleur was just timeless treat, so dense, so rich, so deep, so sophisticated. Paradise!

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Information

Origin

Pomerol, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Investment potential

Very Good

Glass Time

2h

Inside Information

Wine Advocate #189
Jun 2010
Robert M. Parker, Jr. 100 Drink: 2020 - 2060 $1439-$3300
An utterly awesome wine, the only problem with the 2000 Lafleur is that I indicated its maturity window would be 2012-2040+. Based on two tastings of it, I would now argue 2020-2060+. Yes, it is that backward, but it has extraordinary potential. Dense ruby/purple to the rim, this fabulously concentrated wine has a sweet nose of kirsch liqueur intermixed with licorice and subtle floral notes as well as a hint of truffle in the background. It is stacked and packed on the attack, with a multi-dimensional mid-palate of unbelievable intensity of concentration and richness, yet at the same time all this power is allied to striking elegance, purity, and depth. This is great Bordeaux, a profound Lafleur, and in about ten years, much of its magic should begin to be unleashed. If you can find it, it is an extraordinary wine, and as expensive as it was a decade ago, it will look cheap compared to prices for more recent vintages.
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 Jeff Leve, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Lafleur 2000  ( Château Lafleur )

With the 1982 vintage, Lafleur joined the same rarefied group as Petrus and Le Pin. Chateau Lafleur had a long history of quietly making stunning wine. In fact, JP Moueix remarked that the only wine of Pomerol that was as good as, or even better than Petrus was Lafleur! 

2000 Chateau Lafleur is still a baby, with a lifetime of promise to look forward to? With that in mind, this was a great pair of wines to remember. But regardless of how I got here, this wine is off the hook! There are no two ways about it. At its best, Lafleur offers a kinky, exotic, hedonistic profile that is unequaled in other wines. 

 I bought this wine as a future in 2001 for a then whopping $300 per bottle. That was the most money I had ever spent on a wine. Like Paul McCartney sang, “How I long for Yesterday.”

 2000 Chateau Lafleur – I’m thinking this is the wine of the vintage, and that says a lot, when you consider how many great wines were born in 2000. But I have had this stunning Right Bank wine more than enough times to feel quite comfortable proclaiming that. The bottom line here is, the wine is opulence on steroids. It has unbelievable levels of concentration. A mouth feel that words cannot do justice to, and a finish that breaks the one minute mark and keeps on going. 100 Pts

 

and a finish that breaks the one minute mark and keeps on going. 100 Pts

3m 22d ago

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Lafleur 2000  ( Château Lafleur )

Tasted on the 9th December 2016. Lafleur was just timeless treat, so dense, so rich, so deep, so sophisticated. Paradise!

6m 2d ago

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Lafleur 2000  ( Château Lafleur )

"Tasted in September 2012. A monumental piece of phenomenal winemaking! It is extremely rare, that you taste so complete wine. Tons of truffles, thick, fat tannin, unbelievable complexity and richness, wild cherries, blueberries and blackberries in very huge quantities. Older sister/brother of 2005, but as breathtaking. A pure legend being able to last for at least half a century!"

11m 16d ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Lafleur 2000  ( Château Lafleur )

"a 'phenomenal nose,' Frank cooed. It was classic all the way around with incredible breed - the pungent minerality, the unbelievably pure red and black fruit symphony, the light cedar and jam, and there was an unbelievable harmony amongst all. 'The '98 is less concentrated than the 2000,' Guinaudeau (I think) remarked. There was great structure and intensity, but its balance and high pitch set it apart. The palate was rich, concentrated, mouth-filling and delicious with its chocolaty and minerally flavors. Long, balanced and pure, the wine was dripping with plums, plums and more plums. Believe the hype "

1y 8m ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Lafleur 2000  ( Château Lafleur )

"Petrus and Lafleur always make for an excellent debate, and as impressive as the ’82 Petrus was, as great as the ’89 Lafleur (usually) was, and as delicious as the ’75 Petrus (usually) was, the 2000 Lafleur stole the show. Talk about benchmark. This was a monstrous wine that was surprisingly accessible, with loads of fruit. When I say accessible, it’s kind of like Mount Everest being accessible. There was still a long road ahead for this wine to develop and unfurl. Rich, saucy, plum fruit came across regally, and its thick finish was fantastic. This was Pomerol at its finest (98)."

2y 28d ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Lafleur 2000  ( Château Lafleur )

"The 2000 Lafleur was a WOW wine, clearly the most layered and exotic. The nose was deep and thick, a veritable Pomerol phenomenon. Hints of beef and plum rounded out its chunky soup nose. The 2000’s palate was also a bit shut down, but the 2000 couldn’t be contained like the ‘01. Rich, long and great, the ’00 possessed delectable supporting flavors of citrus, beef and dust. It told a glorious, long story on the finish, going on and on so elegantly. ‘Wow’ graced my notes again, along with a ‘roasted/grilled goodness.’ The 2000 Lafleur was strength without muscle, powerful yet deft, with the potential to age for decades."

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