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  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

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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Lafleur 2013 / Ripe dark nose with plum, roasted hazelnuts, milk chocolate and some menthol. Equally complex on palate with good purity of fruit and layered texture. Firm, yet ripe tannins and juicy acidity. Good length. 91p 

  • 91p

Ex-cellar stock - perfect condition

Tasted half-blind, I knew that it was Lafleur but not which vintage. Deep, healthy colour, seductive and open bouquet of dark berries and fine oak. Surprisingly accessible, medium-bodied, delicious ripe fruit, not too sweet, excellent balance, tannins not as tough as often with younger Lafleur.

I thought it must be older than 2013, as it showed a certain development.

In my opinion this wine is starting to be ready to drink but there is no need to worry that it will age too fast. A really fine Pomerol and a very, very good Lafleur. Lafleur is never a bargain, but the overall bad image of vintage 2013 gives several opportunities to buy this at a decent price compared with other, not naturally better Lafleur of other vintages. I enjoyed this very much and I can recommend to try it, if you see it on a wine list.     

  • 93p

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Pomerol, Bordeaux

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