1990 LaFleur - Pomerol 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

The 1990 Lafleur is equally powerful, muscular, and super-concentrated, but the tannin is riper as well as better-integrated, resulting in a phenomenally extracted wine revealing the 1990 vintage's overripeness. There are copious amounts of sweet black-cherry fruit. One taster remarked, "why does this wine taste so much like Rayas (the renowned Grenache-based Chateauneuf du Pape)?" There is an unreal reality to such a comment, largely because both producers tend to pick their fruit at an overripe stage, producing an exotic, compelling wine. Despite its size, the 1990 Lafleur is more developed than the 1989, but it will easily be as long-lived given its massive weight, viscous texture, and profound mouthfeel and finish. It needs 5-10 more years of cellaring and will last for four decades. Both of these vintages rival the great Lafleurs of 1982, 1979, 1975, 1950, 1947, and 1945.

Drink Dates: 2002-2042
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 109

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Still very closed, but big and rustic. Medium-red color. Aromas of meat, tobacco and fruit. Full-bodied, very chewy; mouthpuckering. Needs time.

Drink Dates: 2005+
Author: James Suckling


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About This Producer


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.

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