1989 Lafleur

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£984.00 DP

Average critic rating : 96.88 points



The 1989 Lafleur, tasted side by side with the 1990 on two occasions in 2002, plays it closer to the vest. The wine needs far more coaxing to produce the licorice, black cherry liqueur, earth, and truffle notes from the nose. In the mouth, the wine is full-bodied, tannic, backward, and very tightly knit, with mouth-searing levels of tannin and extremely high extract. The tannins are firmer, the fruit seemingly less sweet, but still extremely ripe, and the evolutionary process is far slower in the 1989 than the 1990. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2045. Last tasted, 8/02. Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book January 1993



Tasted at the Dynasty restaurant in Hong Kong. The 1989 remains a titan of a Lafleur that needs about a millennia of decanting! That was impossible for this bottle so I allowed the wine to open in my glass. It possesses an indomitable bouquet that unfolds: black truffle, damp moss, blackberry, chlorophyll and then black pepper. Very complex but it just takes ages for the bouquet to awake. The palate is muscular and tannic with arching tannins made of iron girders, tantalizing hints of bay leaf and Japanese green tea towards the finish. This Pomerol is like getting lost in a large maze. Astonishing wine, but I would leave it another 10 years. Tasted November 2011. Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com



Really decadent and powerful, delivering dried fruit and grilled meat. Very Porty, featuring red licorice and prune on the nose. Velvety and rich, with a full palate and amazing fruit of aniseed and black licorice. It goes on and on. What freshness and beauty. Delicate fruit, chocolate and berries. This is just opening up now.¿'89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Drink now. James Suckling, Wine Spectator 2010



Very rich and full and unctuous. Very long and fab. Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com

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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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