Take that quality and add additional layers of concentration, power, extract and wood, and you have the 2009 La Plus de La Fleur de Bouard. Only about 500 cases of this 100% Merlot are made. With notes of blueberry and blackberry liqueur intermixed with graphite and spring flowers, this wine is absolutely massive and not for everybody, but it is an example of what a conscientious and driven producer pushing the envelope can do in a satellite appellation such as Lalande de Pomerol. Moreover, I suspect it will last for at least two decades. Feb 2012, www.robertparker.com
Very dark crimson. Dramatic colour! Thick and purple and dense and a bit too tart and dry and exaggerated. Hard work!
Tasted at Chateau Angelus. There is a lot of new oak dominating the bouquet at the moment, but it seems to show good purity with notes of macerated black cherries, cassis and creme de menthe. The palate is full-bodied, very dense and sinewy, but far too oaky towards the finish at the expense of finesse and subtlety.