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2000 Château Lafleur

  • 100 WA
  • 96 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52683-2000

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

    A hand-crafted, exciting wine. Solid as rock. Bright aromas of violets, berries, cherries and lilacs. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and superbly refined, silky tannins. Long finish. This is a remake of the superb 1998. Much better than I found it in barrel.
    Drink Dates: 2013+
    Author: James Suckling
    Issue: Mar 31, 2003
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Bright ruby-red. Huge, superripe, rather sauvage nose combines roasted berries, grilled meat, roasted nuts, tar and tobacco; showing some distinctly uncivilized notes of great Lafleur vintages of the past. A huge wine with impressive fat and volume. Classic superrich Lafleur notes of cherry liqueur, game, truffle and burning tobacco. A bit disjointed on the back today, with big, somewhat harsh tannins. But this outsized wine displays great power and persistence.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2003
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    MagnumDeepest crimson. Wonderfully bright, healthy crimson. Denser but not as immediately expressive as the Pens‚es 2000. Very rich and thick and dense and impressive. Long. Very perfumed and aromatic after it has been in the glass for a while - more obviously CF than Merlot. ÿVery grown up and savoury. Pretty robust tannins demand waiting for quite a while. Exceptionally solid.ÿ
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    Tasted at Justerini & Brooks agency tasting in London. The Chateau Lafleur 2000 is a monumental wine. Imagine a Harley Davidson thundering down the tarmac. Wouldn't you want to get on? It has an extremely intense, but ineffably pure nose with more mineral expression than the Lafleur 1995. It has loosened up a little since I last tasted it, but I concur with Robert Parker that if I were lucky enough to have some of these in my cellar, I would wait until 2020 to experience the wine at its plateau. Allowing the wine to open over 30 minutes, I notice an almost flinty scent developing on the bouquet. The palate is medium-bodied, crystalline and symmetrical everything beautifully focused almost Left Bank in texture. This had a firm backbone, but that is becoming more |flexible| in recent years, and it fans out with consummate ease on a finish that is so long that it makes |War and Peace| seem like a short read. This is simply magnificent. Tasted February 2015.
    Drink Dates: 2020 - 2060
    Author: Neal Martin
    Issue: 225
  • Vinous | Rating: 100

    The 2000 Lafleur is a monumental Pomerol that I have been fortunate to taste almost a dozen times over the years. Now reaching adulthood, it has a deep colour with very little maturity showing on the rim. The bouquet is quite profound, if still a little broody and backward, adorned with captivating scents of blackberry, raspberry, crushed stone, and struck flint tincture that I have remarked on previously. The palate is medium-bodied with damn near perfect line of acidity, utterly harmonious and frankly this is difficult to fault. Filigree tannin, just a subtle touch of spice, layers of pixelated black fruit with astonishing clarity on the finish – it delivers the complete package. This Lafleur has long been a standout of the 2000 vintage and it continues to cruise at altitude as it enters adulthood. Tasted at the Christies’ Lafleur masterclass in London.
    Drink Dates: 2022 - 2060
    Author: Neal Martin
    Issue: Nov 2018
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Drink Dates: (12-40)
    Author: winefolio
Located in the Pomerol appellation, Chateau Lafleur is among the few properties whose quality often rivals or exceeds that of the famed Chateau Petrus. The small Lafleur estate is owned and operated by Sylvie and Jacques Guinadeau and only produces about 1,000 cases per year. The property was previously known as Le Manoir de Gay in the 1700s and was subsequently divided into Domaine de Lafleur and Chateau Le Gay by the Greloud family. It was Henri Groloud's son-in-law, Andre Robin, who contributed his personal motto, "Qualite passe quantite" (quality surpasses quantity), to the winemaking practices at Lafleur. The estate has benefited from additional help from winemaking consultant Jean-Pierre Moueix since the 1980s. Chateau Lafleur produces about 250 cases of a second label called Les Pensees de Lafleur consisting of grapes that do not meet the standards of the chateau's grand vin.

Lafleur's 4.5 hectares of vineyards consist of approximately 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc situated on a plateau rich in gravel and clay as well as potassium and iron deposits. The wine offers a strong perfume from the Cabernet Franc portion of the blend and reveals flavors of concentrated black fruits, spice and minerals. It is a structured wine, displaying refined acidity, ripe berries, and focused tannins. Chateau Lafleur can age for up to 50 years in select vintages.
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 788 bottles owned
  • 103 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 100
    (Out of 103 collectors)