Les Perrières de Lafleur, 2018

  Les Perrières de Lafleur

Les Perrières de Lafleur

Acte has taken its last curtain call. A decade on this Guinaudeau project is ready to be unveiled as Les Perrieres de Lafleur. As with Grand Village, the quality at this estate has rocketed. The massale selection Cabernet Franc (Bouchet) from Lafleur have a special character, and planted here on the finest clay and limestone soils in Fronsac create a new and interesting expression. This is perhaps a little more reserved than Grand Village at this stage. Beautiful, understated aromas of floral cassis, blackcurrant, fine herbs and graphite infused fruit. This is very fine textured, a really detailed wine with elevated fruit and fine, sculpted tannins. Again, it's the quality of tannins that makes this so impressive. They are grippy and long, but refreshing and tantalising with notes of chalk, salt and bright berries. You can really taste the limestone terroir. Magnificent. 51% Bouchet, 49% Merlot.

On the right bank, Bouchet is the historical name of Cabernet-Franc. A part of the Bouchet plantings at Lafleur originates from the massale selection done by André Robin during the 1930s. His daughters Thérèse and Marie managed to save many of these vines after the frost of 1956. This is an exceptional inheritance of old vine Bouchet. For the last 15 years the Guinaudeaus have been busy re-establishing this massale selection, and all of their present-day plantations at Lafleur originate from this special genetic. The same Bouchet of Lafleur are planted in the vineyards of Les Perrières de Lafleur.

Contains Sulphites.

About Les Perrières de Lafleur

The Guinaudeaus have long admired the wines of Châteaux Canon, Magdelaine, Belair and Ausone; all produced on the great limestone Côte of St Emilion. They pondered what their Bouchet (old Cabernet Franc) genetics would produce on a similar limestone terroir. Years of soil analysis and negotiation followed, then a huge replanting project and experimentation. After a decade of production, this project is beginning to affirm the Guinaudeaus original convictions. The precision and quality of its tannins, the inherent complexity and restrained power, and the very long mineral finish makes Les Perrières de Lafleur 2018 a grand vin in the lineage of Château Lafleur.

The heart of Les Perrières de Lafleur is situated at the hamlet of Meyney, on the south-west ridge of the plateau of Fronsac. The subsoil is intertwined with ancient limestone quarries, which offer Les Perrières de Lafleur a great viticultural potential. Planted with 50% Bouchet originating at Lafleur and 50% of Merlot, the vineyard is managed by the Château Lafleur team, and the vinification of its fruit is done with the same precision and expertise.

Appellation: Fronsac

The low hills of Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac,close to the Gironde estuary, have been producing good wine since the early 17th century, even by the beginning of the 19th century, the wines of Fronsac were much more famous than those of Pomerol on the other side of Libourne.

Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac appellations are concentrated on high limestone dominated land, with Merlot and Cabernet Franc dominating the plantations. After years of under achieving, the last twenty years have seen a resurgence and some great value can be found here. The wines are at the same time show the sweet and velvety side of the right bank whilst betraying a firmer more Médoc style structure

Grape Blend: Cab. Franc | Merlot

Cabernet Franc with its unique herb infused red berry fragrance, on the cooler, clay soils of the Right Bank of Bordeaux adds backbone to many of the Merlot-dominated St Emilions and Pomerols. It's acidity and complexity play the perfect foil to Merlot's sweet, supple juicy flavours. There are a small number of outstanding Cabernet Franc-based blends on the right bank, the most sought after being Cheval Blanc, Le Dôme, Angelus and Vieux Château Certan.