Château Lafleur et al

10 May 2024

2023 has provided another memorable range of Guinaudeau wines. It was far from plain sailing. A huge amount of labour in the vineyard was required, but the toil has been rewarded with some remarkable wines. The flagship Lafleur as always is a contender for wine of the vintage, a monumental, thought-provoking example. Les Pensées is a gloriously flamboyant Pomerol, possibly the most ethereal and textural we can remember tasting from barrel. Les Perrières, rather unusually is 100% Bouchet (Cabernet Franc massale selections from Lafleur), a most singular style that will captivate collectors for decades. Grand Village benefits from the declassified Merlot from Les Perrières – an outrageously good wine for the money! And lest we forget the wonderful Champs Libres and Grand Village Blanc: bright, crystalline, ravishing – they keep pushing the boundaries for Bordeaux Sec.

Lafleur has always been more akin to a Burgundy domaine than other top addresses in Bordeaux, both in terms of philosophy and scale. Therefore, the Guinaudeaus favour a direct distribution model, promoting sales to drinkers and giving the end customer stable, coherent pricing. As such, they do not fluctuate like many of their peers. The 2023s are priced roughly in line with the 2022s, and in our view, offer a good deal for what are some of Bordeaux’s most sought after and limited production wines.

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Château Lafleur

“The 2023 Lafleur is one of a small number of contenders for the title of wine of the vintage, and it's one 2023 that appears to surpass its 2022 counterpart. Wafting from the glass with aromas of blackberries, cherries and plums mingled with hints of licorice, violets and mint, it's full-bodied, deep and layered, with a concentrated core of lively, succulent, pure fruit framed by beautifully refined tannins, concluding with a long, fragrant finish. Its exquisite structure, intensity without weight and ineffable harmony mark it out as a great Lafleur, and one that will be worth a special effort to seek out. It's a blend of 56% Cabernet Franc and 46% Merlot." 98-100/100 – William Kelley, The Wine Advocate

Les Pensées

“The 2023 Pensées de Lafleur is an especially serious rendition of a cuvée that is generally more forward and demonstrative than its stablemate Lafleur. Unfurling in the glass with deep aromas of cherries and dark berries mingled with violets, orange zest and spices, it's medium to full-bodied, with a broad attack that segues into a fleshy, layered core of real depth and density, underpinned by rich, powdery tannins and concluding with a long, harmonious finish. It's a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc." 94-96/100 – William Kelley, The Wine Advocate

Les Perrières

“The 2023 Les Perrières de Lafleur reveals aromas of violet, dark wild berries, spices and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, enveloping and deep, layered and textured, it has a good depth of fruit with powdery tannins, concluding with a saline, lead pencil-inflected finish. Crafted entirely from Cabernet Franc, it’s one of the most singular Les Perrières produced by Baptiste Guinaudeau and his team. 94-96/100” – Yohan Castaing, The Wine Advocate

Grand Village

“Aromas of cassis, blueberries, dark wild berries and flowers introduce the 2023 Grand Village, a medium to full-bodied, layered and fleshy wine with a deep core of fruit that's framed by powdery tannins, concluding with a long, saline finish. As readers may remember, Grand Village is one of the best values in Bordeaux, and this year, it exceeds expectations. It's one of the sleepers of the vintage. This is a blend of 91% Merlot (picked between the 11th and 14th of September) and 9% Cabernet Franc (picked on the 20th of September)." 92-94/100 – Yohan Castaing, The Wine Advocate

Les Champs Libres

“The Les Champs Libres 2023 Blanc is one of the white wines of the vintage. Exhaling aromas of lime blossom, spices, confit citrus, lemon oil and spring flowers, it’s chalky and concentrated with fleshy, structuring tannins and bright acids that segues into a long, saline and mineral finish. This is crafted from 100% Sancerrois massal selections of Sauvignon Blanc. Kudos!" 94-96/100 – Yohan Castaing, The Wine Advocate

Grand Village Blanc

“Compared to the 2022, the 2023 Grand Village Blanc is more fruity and dense, evoking aromas of lemon oil, verbena, kumquat and confit citrus. Broad but tensile, it’s medium-bodied with a fleshy core of fruit and a delicately phenolic frame that segues into a chalky, saline and bright finish. This blend of 80% Sauvignon and 20% Sémillon is simply stunning." 91-93/100 – Yohan Castaing, The Wine Advocate

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