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Château Lafleur





Grape Variety:

Merlot Cabernet Franc

Château Lafleur, Pomerol, 2017

Tasting Note:

Last year Lafleur was our clear wine of the vintage. The 2017 is not quite so clear cut, but it is without doubt another immense effort from the Guinaudeau team. At the time of the primeur tastings, the Pensees was more expressive and at first impressions more impressive, but with coaxing and reflection this reveals its class. Produced from 53% Cabernet Franc and 47% Merlot this is a much more introspective, reserved style. The aromatic profile is regal with pure loganberry, raspberry and detailed açaí and alpine strawberry. The palate is equally refined with delightful boysenberry and seductive crème de cassis interspersed with notes of sandalwood, spice and Morello cherry. It is a sensational wine, but whereas the 2016 was kaleidoscopic at this stage, this is reticent and quite discrete. Texturally it's complete with layers of impressive fruit, stony minerals, fine boned tannins coated in luxurious fruit. This has real precision and poise; we fully expect this muscular Lafleur to develop into something truly special.

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