Château Lafleur, Pomerol
    Château Lafleur

    Château Lafleur, Pomerol,



    Château Lafleur, Pomerol, 1996

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Château Lafleur, Pomerol, 1996
    Neal Martin, Vinous
    The 1996 Lafleur is not a vintage that I have seen much, although the bottom line is that in this tricky Right Bank season it is better than the disappointing Petrus. Raspberry, black truffle and leather on the rather lean nose, the palate stocky and burly if missing the refinement and precision of a great vintage. There is a sense of attractiveness to this Lafleur, but it does lack that crucial ingredient – charm.
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    Château Lafleur

    Château Lafleur

    If Le Pin caresses your heart and Ausone is a wine that gently stimulates every nerve in the body, Château Lafleur is THE wine that engages the mind. The term "intellectual" is often attached to this unique Pomerol property, not because it is overly highbrow, but because it is a wine that is so thought provoking. Deep, meaningful, and cerebral, softly spoken yet intense, it stands alone amongst the great names of the right bank. Usually produced from about 55% Bouchet (old vine Cabernet Franc) and the balance Merlot, and only ever given a maximum one third new oak, the miniscule 1000 cases production is the stuff of collectors and connoisseurs’ dreams. It is a wine of enormous depth and intensity fashioned from one of Pomerol's most exceptional and unique terroirs.

    The chateau has been in the same family since its inception in 1872 – Baptiste is the great great great grandson of Henri Greloud, its founder. Jacques and Sylvie and their three children have been the exclusive owners since 2001, although they had previously been leasing the vineyards following the death of Therese Robin in 1984. Since their arrival there has been an even more quality focussed approach to all aspects of viticulture and vinification. Few winemakers can speak about their terroir with such knowledge. After the first full geological survey in 1999, Jacques decided to change Pensees de Lafleur (now called Les Pensees) from a traditional ‘second wine’ into a separate Cru. This part of the vineyard, which is missing the gravel content that makes Lafleur so unique, is better suited to Merlot and fashions a more ‘traditional’ style of Pomerol.

    There have been many exceptional wines made throughout the last century, however, it is really only recently that the Guinaudeaus have received the plaudits they so richly deserve. The team is aided by Jean Claude Berrouet, the former winemaker at Petrus. They only utilise natural fertilizers, yields are low and they practice a less-is-more attitude when it comes to vinifications; they let their terroir speak through, and the results are simply astonishing.

    The Guinaudeaus also farm four other Crus outside of Pomerol: Les Perrieres, Grand Village, Les Champs Libres and Grand Village Blanc. Please follow these links to discover these wines.

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