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  • Producer ranking ?

    38
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    from 2018
  • Food Pairing

    Spanish Lamb with Rosemary

The Story

Les Pensees de Lafleur is the second wine of the highly rated Chateau Lafleur; a Bordeaux winery based in the Pomerol appellation, on the Right Bank of Bordeaux, France. Located in the Gironde department, it is an unclassified wine (like all wines from this region) yet is a highly rated luxury wine, amongst the world’s elite. Year after year, Chateau Lafleur produces top wines always commanding high prices at auctions and sales.

Les Pensees de Lafleur which is the secondary wine of Chateau Lafleur has been in production since the year 1984 and is commonly regarded as an ‘insider’s secret’ throughout the wine industry. The wine estate of Chateau Lafleur spans a mere 4 hectares and produces around 750 cases a year of Les Pensees de Lafleur. In total, the Chateau has an output of just under 2,000

 

Robert Parker, America’s leading wine critic: “one of the most distinctive, most exotic, and greatest wines – not only in Pomerol, but in the world.”

Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve, France’s most famous wine authorities: “The wine amply deserves its high prices.”

Michael Broadbent, doyen of British wine tasters: Not that much because the wine is so rare, although he did comment about the 1950, “Concentrated, certainly very impressive. But who wants to go to bed with a wrestler?”

Stephen Browett of Farr Vintners, Britain’s biggest fine wine trader: “The greatest wine I ever had was a magnum of Lafleur 1947 from John Avery’s private cellar, even though it was served alongside the famous Cheval Blanc 1947.”

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Written Notes

Tasted in April and October 2016. Much better sample tasted in October 2016. Wild cherries, silky fruit and tannin, traces of chocolate on the palate, grained and polished tannin, long and persistent aftertaste.

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Medium deep colour. Gentle wine with red cherry mulberry aniseed aromas. Palate is supple with ripe red and black fruits, fine looseknit slinky tannins. Good flavour length. 93 points
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Not a second wine as such, but from a separate part of the vineyard that is an old riverbed and has deeper clay. Ruby. Fresh, elegant nose, some floral notes, scented, nuanced, dark and red fruits nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant, fresh and lively, detailed, long. 92-94
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Information

Origin

Pomerol, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Extraordinary

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Pensées de Lafleur 2015  ( Château Lafleur )

Tasted in April and October 2016. Much better sample tasted in October 2016. Wild cherries, silky fruit and tannin, traces of chocolate on the palate, grained and polished tannin, long and persistent aftertaste.

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Pensées de Lafleur 2015  ( Château Lafleur )

"Medium deep colour. Gentle wine with red cherry mulberry aniseed aromas. Palate is supple with ripe red and black fruits, fine looseknit slinky tannins. Good flavour length. 93 points"

1y 4m ago

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Pensées de Lafleur 2015  ( Château Lafleur )

"Not a second wine as such, but from a separate part of the vineyard that is an old riverbed and has deeper clay. Ruby. Fresh, elegant nose, some floral notes, scented, nuanced, dark and red fruits nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant, fresh and lively, detailed, long. 92-94"

1y 5m ago

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 Will Gardener / Nickolls & Perks, Wine Dealer (United Kingdom)  tasted  Pensées de Lafleur 2015  ( Château Lafleur )

"Les Pensees de Lafleur Pomerol - 54% Merlot 46% Cabernet Franc Fresh fruit salad, charming, big mouthfeel, here, proportioned, lovely balanced wine, impressive spice on the finish. Delicious. 91-93/100 2022- 2030."

1y 5m ago

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