1995 LaFleur - Pomerol 750ml

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WS 98   WA 93   IWC 91(+?)   JR 18   Collector 
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 98

A '95 that exploded in the glass in contact with air. Solid and masculine, with dark chocolate and bitter mocha notes, there's big intensity here. While the tannins are burly for now, the aromas keep coming--rose petal, violet and currant backed by creamy, vanilla bean character. Elegant finish.--Chateau Lafleur vertical.

Drink Dates: 2005-2015
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

This is an awesome Lafleur, but it is also an amazingly backward, tannic monster that will need more cellaring than any Medoc in this vintage. The wine boasts an opaque black/purple color, as well as a closed but promising nose that represents the essence of blackberry, raspberry, and cherry fruit. Intertwined with those aromas is the tell-tale mineral terroir of Lafleur, full body, blistering dry, astringent tannin, and a layered, weighty feel on the palate. This is the kind of young claret that I couldn't wait to rush out and buy two decades ago, but now I have to be content to admire it and wish I were twenty years younger. It is formidable, prodigious, and oh, so promising, but I cannot see it being ready to drink before the end of the second decade of the next century!

Drink Dates: 2020-2050
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 115

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91(+?)

Ruby-red color. Sappy, crystallized black raspberry, blueberry, minerals and camphor on the rather cool nose. Brutally backward and folded in on itself; actually rather creamy in the middle but astringent around the edges. A tough wine in need of a decade or more of aging. Finishes quite tannic, with a note of leafy cabernet franc. Showed more sweetness and texture after 24 hours in the open bottle. A throwback style of Pomerol, yet it does not appear to offer the flamboyant ripeness and rusticity of the best pre-1990 vintages of Lafleur.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 78

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

MagnumDark red with maturing rim. Relatively light nose. Denser, fuller and rounder and richer than the 1996 – much more impressive. Big, rich, Lafleur Pomerol impact. Velvety. Extremely long. Strokes the palate. Very long. Lovely already. Real zest as well as richness. A great vintage in the canon of 1990s vintages. SG: 1995 has the most typical minerality of Lafleur.

Drink Dates: 2005-2018
Author: Jancis Robinson

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Brad Coelho
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/18/2008
Drink Dates: 04/01/2008
Site Blog: Unidentified Appellation the ?95 suffered a similar fate, though most of the table found it to be a touch more blatant in its respective taint. Time to break out the violin?you guys know you want to throw a screw-cap down on Lafleur

Average rating: 93, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

297 bottles owned by 62 collectors.

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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.

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend

Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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