2015 Lafleur

Lafleur

98Average Score
Red
2025-2060
12x75cl
-
0 Immediate | 4 Marketplace
£13,764.00
3x75cl
-
1 Immediate | 3 Marketplace
£3,441.00
6x75cl
-
0 Immediate | 2 Marketplace
£6,883.00
Bts
-
0 Immediate | 32 Marketplace
£1,146.00
Scores & Notes
Average Score
98
Drinking window
2025-2060
Critic Notes

It’s hard to describe perfection. It’s not just power and depth. It’s something mystiscal and ehteral. The wine just floats on your palate with incredible density yet precise. Taste it and you want it forever. So creamy and textured. Glorious. Mar 2016, www.JamesSuckling.com

Score: 100-100/100James Suckling

The 2015 Lafleur is a blend of 54% Cabernet Franc and 46% Merlot. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it's profoundly scented of plum preserves, chocolate-covered cherries and blueberry pie with nuances of black olives, lavender, unsmoked cigars and cast iron pan plus a touch of Indian spices. The rich, medium to full-bodied palate is completely packed with tightly wound fragrant earth, black fruit and exotic spice layers, supported by perfectly ripe, wonderfully velvety tannins and seamless freshness. The epically long finish delivers a sum that is greater than the many compelling characters imparted on the nose and palate, whispering promises of a whole myriad of provocative finishes to discover throughout this wine's very long future. This exquisite masterpiece is not to be missed. Apr 2018, www.robertparker.com

Score: 100-/100Lisa Perrotti-Brown

In a year when too many châteaux seemed to be trying too hard to make great wines, this is the real deal, a subtle, complex, finely judged Pomerol from an exceptional terroir, made with Burgundian love of the land. Racy and sweet, balanced, silky and aromatic, with red berry fruit wound around a mineral core. One of my top two wines of the vintage. Apr 2016, www.timatkin.com, Drink: 2025-2040

Score: 99-/100Tim AtkinDrinking Window: 2025-2040

The 2015 Lafleur is a blend of 51% Merlot and 49% Cabernet Franc picked 11-15 September and 1-2 October respectively. As usual, I waited for the Grand Vin to open in the glass, so I chewed the fat with Baptiste Guinaudeau before I started to tap away at the laptop. It unfurls beautifully delivering small red cherries, cranberry and Japanese nori aromas that gain intensity with every swirl. The palate is medium-bodied with full and rounded tannin, very complex with layers of cranberry and raspberry fruit, veins of white pepper and bay leaf, structured on the finish but not as foreboding as the leviathan 2010 Lafleur. It will still require ten years in bottle to reach its plateau, but it will be one of the standout wines of the vintage. Apr 2016, www.eRobertParker.com, Drink: 2028-2060

Score: 97-99/100Neal MartinDrinking Window: 2028-2060

51% Merlot, 49% Cabernet Franc. 'Both varieties were good this year,' insists Baptiste Guinaudeau. True to form, this is a complex, crafted wine with enormous depth and detail. The palate is unctuous and layered, the carpet of ripe tannin providing tremendous presence and persistence. Huge ageing potential. Apr 2016, James Lawther MW, www.Decanter.com, Drink: 2027-2050

Score: 97-/100DecanterDrinking Window: 2027-2050

Just as it was from barrel, the 2015 Lafleur is restrained, inward and not anywhere near as showy as most wines in this vintage. Deep, dark and quite potent, the 2015 is going to need many years to be at its best. I wouldn't dream of touching a bottle before age ten, and even that probably won't be enough time to allow the 2015 to start unwinding. The 2015 is endowed with superb depth and intensity from the very first taste. Time in the glass brings out much of the Cabernet Franc character. The 2015 is an infant, but it is also a great wine in the making.

Score: 97-/100Antonio GalloniDrinking Window: 2020 - 2045

51% Merlot picked 11 and 15 Sep, 49% Cabernet Franc picked 1 and 2 Oct. Much darker crimson than Pensées with more blue in the mix. Very rich and spicy on the nose. Masses of sweetness upfront but also great refinement and freshness. Sinewy and really very glorious. Gorgeous elixir. Lots of layers and different nuances. Apr 2016, www.JancisRobinson.com, Drink: 2025-2050

Score: 18-/20Jancis RobinsonDrinking Window: 2025-2050
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Product details
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Sub-region
Pomerol
Colour
Red
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
15%
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
2025-2060
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Sub-region
Pomerol
Colour
Red
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
15%
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
2025-2060
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