Château Lafleur 2019
The lafleur vines are planted on three very different soils. To the north-west the sandy-clayey gravel, to the south and east the clayey gravel, in the heart of the vineyard the gravelly sands. This rare association of soils helps to explain in part the singularity of Lafleur. We must also mention the grape varieties which, with an equal proportion of Merlot and Bouchets, largely contribute to the complexity of the wines of Château Lafleur.
The 2019 Lafleur has a bouquet that takes its time to unfurl in the glass, then renders you speechless. Mind-bogglingly intense black fruit, crushed stone and a hint of licorice display astonishing delineation, and blue fruit emerges with time. The palate is medium-bodied with finely chiseled tannins.
As is customary, this feels very strict and, on reflection, represents the most quintessential Lafleur I have tasted in my many years of visiting the estate. Tensile from start to finish, it fans out audaciously and seems to never end. Baptiste Guinaudeau compared it with the 2005 and described it as a "[four-letter-expletive] you" Lafleur. When you taste this, you see what he means. An awe-inspiring Pomerol that will give decades of drinking pleasure for those prepared to wait.
Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2022
- 53 % merlot, 47 % bouchet
- Alcohol level
- 2026 - 2056