1979 Lafleur

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A couple of hundred yards from Petrus, in what is a remarkably peaceful corner of Pomerol, lies one of the wine world’s very special places: Château Lafleur. Standing outside the winery buildings, looking out over the clay vineyards, one gets the same feeling one gets standing at the foot of La Romanée-Conti. It’s a very special place. Pétrus might be the more famous Pomerol property, but Lafleur is the more elysian. There is a sense of magic here.

The vineyard is planted mostly to Cabernet Franc, a rarity in Pomerol, where Merlot dominates. And it is in the vineyard where the magic of Lafleur begins. This exceptional terroir is cared for – and cared is the word – by the Guinaudeau family. The vineyards lie in a single block with four distinct parcels of soil, and are co-planted with Cabernet Franc and Merlot. One of the four plots is used exclusively for their “second” wine: Les Pensées de Lafleur, which is easily one of the best Pomerol wines in itself. In the winery the approach is distinctly simple and non-interventionist: all of the work here is done in the vines.

It is hard to define quite what makes Lafleur so special. Pétrus and Le Pin get more press, with Lafleur sitting quietly in the background. It is one of the most cerebral wines of Bordeaux. If the definition of a fine wine is one that provokes thought and emotion, then Château Lafleur is right at the top.

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