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.
|Score: 100||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (189), June 2010|
An awesome effort, the 2000 Lafleur continues to add more weight in the bottle. Truly prodigious, it has a skyscraper-like feel in the mouth, huge extract, massive body, a saturated purple color, and a finish that lasts well over one minute. Its flavors, and aromas to a certain extent, represent the essence of black truffle juice infused with kirsch, raspberries, and liquified minerals. At my first en-primeur tasting, it reminded me of the great 1975. I still tend to think that, but my intstincts suggest the 2000 is more meticulously vinified with a cleaner upbringing. A boatload of tannin is evident, thus anyone older than sixty years of age might want to reconsider buying it. Sadly, there are only 1,000 cases of this awesome Lafleur. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2040+. Last tasted, 1/03.
|Score: 100||Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003|
I am not surprised the 2000 Lafleur has garnered the magical three-digit score. From bottle, the wine boasts a dense plum/purple color in addition to a gorgeous nose of kirsch liqueur intermixed with hints of black truffles, raspberries, and minerals. The tannin is present, but seems to creep up only upon intense inspection. Lafleur is enormously endowed, rich, and full-bodied, with a tremendous chewiness and, at the same time, sensuality. Pure, massive, and rich, with exceptional levels of glycerin and fruit nearly concealing high levels of tannin, and a 60+ second finish, this is a remarkable achievement, and ... just maybe the finest Lafleur since the 1982. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2040+.
|Score: 100||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003|
An awesome effort, the 2000 Lafleur has added even more weight since last year. Truly prodigious, it has a skyscraper-like feel in the mouth, huge extract, massive body, a saturated purple color, and a finish that lasts well over one minute. Its flavors, and aromas to a certain extent, represent the essence of black truffle juice infused with kirsch liqueur, raspberries, and liquified minerals. A boatload of tannin is evident, thus anyone over sixty years of age might want to reconsider buying it. Sadly, there are only 1,000 cases of this awesome Lafleur. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2040+.
|Score: 96/98||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (139), February 2002|
Tasted at Justerini & Brooks agency tasting in London. The Château Lafleur 2000 is a monumental wine. Imagine a Harley Davidson thundering down the tarmac. Wouldn't you want to get on? It has an extremely intense, but ineffably pure nose with more mineral expression than the Lafleur 1995. It has loosened up a little since I last tasted it, but I concur with Robert Parker that if I were lucky enough to have some of these in my cellar, I would wait until 2020 to experience the wine at its plateau. Allowing the wine to open over 30 minutes, I notice an almost flinty scent developing on the bouquet. The palate is medium-bodied, crystalline and symmetrical—everything beautifully focused—almost Left Bank in texture. This had a firm backbone, but that is becoming more "flexible" in recent years, and it fans out with consummate ease on a finish that is so long that it makes "War and Peace" seem like a short read. This is simply magnificent. Tasted February 2015.
|Score: 100||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (225), June 2016|
|Score: 96||James Suckling, Wine Spectator (Mar 31, 03), March 2003|
|Score: 96||James Suckling, Wine Spectator Weekly (16 Jan 03), January 2003|
Deepest crimson. Wonderfully bright, healthy crimson. Denser but not as immediately expressive as the Pensées 2000. Very rich and thick and dense and impressive. Long. Very perfumed and aromatic after it has been in the glass for a while - more obviously CF than Merlot. Very grown up and savoury. Pretty robust tannins demand waiting for quite a while. Exceptionally solid...Drink 2012-2030. Date tasted 10th Dec 07.
|Score: 18.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (10 Dec 07), December 2007|