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  • Country ranking ?

    226
  • Producer ranking ?

    8
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Roast lamb served medium-rare

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The 1989 Lafleur, tasted side by side with the 1990 on two occasions in 2002, plays it closer to the vest. The wine needs far more coaxing to produce the licorice, black cherry liqueur, earth, and truffle notes from the nose. In the mouth, the wine is full-bodied, tannic, backward, and very tightly knit, with mouth-searing levels of tannin and extremely high extract. The tannins are firmer, the fruit seemingly less sweet, but still extremely ripe, and the evolutionary process is far slower in the 1989 than the 1990. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2045. Last tasted, 8/02. Jan 2003, www.robertparker.com

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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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Wine Information

1989 Château Lafleur (Pomerol)
For many people Lafleur is the only wine in Pomerol that has both the excellence and capability of Château Petrus. There are only four and a half hectares of vines, planted in 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, which are an average of 35 years of age.

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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Latest Pro-tasting notes

30 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep and Ruby red

ending

Medium

taste

High in Acidity, High alcohol content and Too tannic

Written Notes

I have always loved the 1989 Lafleur, which struck me like the modern day ’61 but even stronger.  This is an undervalued wine in the marketplace.  There was lots of oil and alcohol, enough for a Russian bachelor party lol.   There was a flash of jam in this monster wine.  Intense, super stuff (98).

  • 98p

Ruby. Spices, dark berries, anise, some spices, anise, ripe, blueberries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, dark berries, anise, spices, nuanced, a bit woody still, long. 95

  • 95p

Truly a remarkable wine, and Neal’s comment of “quintessence of Pomerol” really was apt. Liqueur like aromas of redcurrant, plums, mint, coconut, chocolate and earth waft from the glass. It opens with such a vibrant freshness, trumpets blasting (something as rare as it is beguiling for Lafleur), exotic cherry flavors, intense, silkily textured, particularly at the mid palate. You then get ceps, black pepper, the beautifully cushioning tannins become more evident along with the alluring complexity. It fans out in multidimensional flavors on the sweet, racy, ravishing, flamboyant yet focused, poised, bravura and bewitching finish. 98 Points+

  • 98p
Tasted in September 2012. Very intense and robust. Loads of superbly ripe fruit, kirsch liqueur, truffles and great depth on the palate. Wonderful structure and length. Exceptional wine.
  • 96p
Good looking magnum size bottle.
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  • 97p
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Origin

Pomerol, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

None

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