Bordeaux 2017 - Chateau Lafleur and other wines from the Guinaudeau family

Bordeaux 2017  - Chateau Lafleur and other wines from the Guinaudeau family
In recent vintages Chateau Lafleur has produced some exquisite wines that possess a rare, haunting complexity and remarkable length. In 2017 Lafleur is without doubt one of the most profound and exceptional wines we tasted from barrel. It seems that all the major critics agree. To receive the top score from one journalist is an accolade, to obtain the most lauded scores from Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Neal Martin and Antonio Galloni is showing off! As Baptiste proclaims, “this is a clear continuation of 2015 and 2016… a trilogy of vintages that provided water stress and outstanding quality”. They have once again risen above the challenges and vagaries of the season and exceed all expectation. Lafleur is a quite simply a masterpiece that will still be giving immense pleasure when other 2017s are left behind.

The Pensees de Lafleur is equally spellbinding. Produced from a horizontal strip of land that dissects the vineyard; the terroir here changes and the soils contain less gravel content. Usually Pensees provides a more archetypical style of Pomerol. The 2017 possesses the clearest resemblance to Lafleur we can recall. All the Cabernet Franc in this blend now comes from the massale selections of their old vine Bouchet clones. It is ethereal and wonderfully fragrant.

Alas, it is not all good news. The Guinaudeau clan fought the frosts in Pomerol and were victorious, not a single vine was affected. Grand Village and the vineyards of Acte were not protected and the bitter temperatures on the mornings of the 27th and 28th of April decimated the vines. Initially it looked like 50% of the crop was frozen – as the season went on, it became apparent that the number was much higher. Ever the perfectionists, the team re-pruned eliminating anything touched by frost. The total production of Grand Village Rouge accounts for just 9% of a normal crop. The quality of these wines is without question; Baptiste and his team are rightly proud of their achievement. The 100% Merlot Acte is texturally sublime, a real nod towards the great limestone terroirs of St Emilion. The whites are bracing, vital expressions of Sauvignon Blanc with crystalline flavours and astonishing persistence. They will be real collectors’ items!

“Lafleur’s 2017 Merlot came in just before the rain. Cellar Master Omri Ram commented, “The 2017 Merlot was very similar to the 2015. With the Cabernet Franc, we waited; we were patient, and it came in ripe yet more fresh than the Merlot.” As it turns out, that combo of the wonderfully decadent Merlot and the galvanizing Cabernet Franc are just magic! Blended of 47% Merlot and 53% Cabernet Franc, the 2017 Lafleur has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and opens with a positively electric intensity of red and black fruits—cherries, black plums, red currants, black raspberries and mulberries—with touches of roses, cinnamon stick, smoked meats and forest floor plus a hint of truffles. Medium to full-bodied with densely packed layers of red and black fruits accented by floral and earthy sparks, it possesses very firm, very finely pixelated tannins and a lively backbone, finishing with epic persistence. 97-100/100”. – Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate

“The 2017 Lafleur is without question one of the wines of the vintage on the Right Bank. Dense powerful and structured, the 2017 is all class. Given the wine's richness, I was not surprised to learn that the berries were even smaller in 2017 than they were in either 2016 or 2015. Powerful, explosive and beautifully layered, the 2017 simply has it all. What a wine. This is a tremendous showing from the Guinaudeau family. 95-98/100”. - Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com

“The 2017 Lafleur was picked 8 to 12 September and 28 and 29 September for the Merlot and Cabernet Franc respectively. It has a very impressive bouquet, frankly, one of the best that I have encountered in Pomerol, perhaps on the Right Bank. Despite the higher proportion of Cabernet Franc, the Merlot is more expressive with black cherries, a touch of cassis, sea spray and a hint of iodine. It just gains intensity with every swirl of the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with firm but fine tannin, layers of black and red fruit mixed with white pepper, sage and a slight ferrous note towards the persistent finish. This is an awesome 2017 from Baptiste Guinaudeau, one of the few that will oblige several years in the cellar. 95-97/100”. – Neal Martin, www.vinous.com

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