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Château Lafleur





Grape Variety:

Merlot Cabernet Franc

Pensées de Lafleur, Pomerol, 2012

6x75cl £610.00

2 cases Equiv. £101.66 per bottle

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Tasting Note:

Baptiste Guinadeau described 2012 as an ‘exciting, interesting vintage, a vintage of three parts'. A wet spring and early summer which 'replenished and liberated' the soils after three years of drought. There was a risk of mildew, so lots of work was required in the vineyard, but they knew that the 'balance of the vintage could change quickly', and it did. The summer was dry and hot with 46 days without rain; this really helped maturity. The weather changed again in October and became cold and wet for the harvest. The team tasted berries every day to judge when the optimum time to harvest was. The Merlots for Pen sees were picked on the 4th of October and the Cabernets Franc on the 10th of October. The final blend will be 54% Merlot and 46% Cabernet Franc. We were very very impressed by this cuvee; it was even more pretty and polished than usual. There is something brooding and serious about the bouquet, but there are notes of flowers, sweet sexy plums, morello cherries and sweet bramble fruit. Wonderfully intense and fragrant with far more Merlot character this year. Some Cabernet Franc that usually goes into Lafleur was utilized in this cuvee. This is beautifully poised, balanced wine which finishes with pure redcurrant, vanilla and velvety chocolate.

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