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Château Lafleur





Grape Variety:

Merlot Cabernet Franc

Les Pensées, Pomerol, 2020

Tasting Note:

Not tasted tasted by Justerinis and Brooks due to travel restrictions. Please find the thoughts and words of Jacques Guinaudeau below:

“To better understand the complexity of the wines crafted at Château Lafleur, one must first understand its vineyard. The vines at Château Lafleur are planted on top of three distinct soils: To the northwest, the sandy-clay gravels of Lafleur. To the south and east, the clay gravels of Lafleur. At the heart of the vineyard, the gravelly sands of Lafleur. This very rare association of soils allows us to explain in part the singularity of Château Lafleur. Next, the unique ensemble of grape varieties must be evoked, having the vineyard planted with equal parts of Bouchet and Merlot, which undoubtedly plays a major role in the complexity of Château Lafleur. The priceless genetic heritage of the vineyard at Lafleur, above all our old vine Bouchet, should be duly noted. Finally, we should pay tribute to the women and men who take part in the making of the wines of Société Civile du Château Lafleur. Baptiste and Julie joined us at the beginning of the new millennium, both carrying the same passion for subtleties, precision and finesse, which has always been our signature. With the passing of the years our little team has grown bigger and younger, today consisting of fifteen persons who employ all of their enthusiasm in the service of the different vineyards of Société Civile du Château Lafleur. We hold a unique and rare position in the Bordeaux landscape. Above all we are vignerons, present throughout the year in our vineyards and cellars, our goal is to understand and work with nature and climate as best as we can. Château Lafleur, based on the three pillars mentioned above, is a rare wine, bringing together in harmony both power and finesse. Les Pensées 2020 : 29% Bouchet (Cabernet Franc) harvested on the 18th September and 71% Merlot harvested on the 12th September.” Jacques Guinaudeau, May 2021

“Dense black-fruit nose, lightly earthy, too; full, fresh, very fine in tannin; ample and beautifully but finely fleshy, a mouthcoating wine combining a gently clayey substance on the one hand, with a subtle energy and abundant, ethereal Cabernet Franc fragrance on the other, a sort of vinous chiaroscuro! Its pure clay origin notwithstanding, this is a very refined expression of Pomerol, with great perfumed persistence, a wine of greater density than the Perrières, but noticeable freshness and delicacy, too. Beautiful. 2030–55+. 92–94/100”Michael Schuster

“This has the physicality of tannins right up front, a clear signature of the vintage, but nothing is heavy or bitter, rather they exert a pressure that gives form and shape to the ripe berry fruits, balanced by mocha, fennel and smoked cocoa bean. Not as joyous as in some vintages of Pensées, but extremely hard to argue with its quality, and the deft, bright finish. Drinking Window 2024 – 2040. 93/100”Jane Anson, Decanter.com

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