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Average critic rating : 98.0 points
An utterly awesome wine, the only problem with the 2000 Lafleur is that I indicated its maturity window would be 2012-2040+. Based on two tastings of it, I would now argue 2020-2060+. Yes, it is that backward, but it has extraordinary potential. Dense ruby/purple to the rim, this fabulously concentrated wine has a sweet nose of kirsch liqueur intermixed with licorice and subtle floral notes as well as a hint of truffle in the background. It is stacked and packed on the attack, with a multi-dimensional mid-palate of unbelievable intensity of concentration and richness, yet at the same time all this power is allied to striking elegance, purity, and depth. This is great Bordeaux, a profound Lafleur, and in about ten years, much of its magic should begin to be unleashed. If you can find it, it is an extraordinary wine, and as expensive as it was a decade ago, it will look cheap compared to prices for more recent vintages. Wine Advocate.June, 2010
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. Best after 2013. James Suckling, Wine Spectator 2003
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|Lafleur 2000||+£7,134.00 (+119.18%)||Latest price: £13,120.00|
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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