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Specifications

Colour:

Red

Producer:

Château Lafleur

Region:

Bordeaux

Appellation:

Pomerol

Grape Blend:

Cab. Franc | Merlot

Château Lafleur, Pomerol, 2014

Tasting Note:

Baptiste explained that while the Indian summer did come to the rescue of many estates, he felt that June laid the foundations for quality. He reported average June temperatures a full three degrees above 2005 with very low rainfall. July and the first half of August were cool and there was a distinct lack of sunlight, however, when the Indian summer came, they were still in good shape to produce excellent wine. The late ripening Cabernet Franc particularly benefited from the conditions and we cannot remember a year when the Cabernets have leant such wonderfully pure aromas to their wines. Produced from 44% Merlot and 56% Cabernet Franc, we always expect Lafleur to have gravitas and complexity, but the 2014 has an ethereal quality too. That is not to say that it is in anyway lightweight or feminine, this is still very much a big, brooding, long-term wine, but it just has this sparkle and energy that raises it to a higher realm. The Cabernet Franc really signs with gorgeous minerality, bright red berry fruit and a potpourri of floral aromas. The palate is a gourmand, complex, a melting pot of Sanguinello orange, crème de mûre and tayberries. It is so refreshing and long; easily one of the most profound and persistent wines of 2014 and certainly one of the most complex. Beautiful velour textured tannins caress and frame the fruit; they are ever present, but never obtrusive. An utterly mouth-watering Lafleur!

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