Lafleur 2014


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Tasting Notes

That is fantastic on the nose. OMG! Exuberant aromas of lavender, tobacco, cigar box, violets and slice plums. Medium to full body. It just builds on the palate and goes on forever. Speechless. Such finesse and beauty. Just a hint of spices. What a glorious, hyper-classic wine. Coup de foudre!

Score: 100James Suckling,, February 2017

The 2014 Lafleur has a tightly wound bouquet with earthy, truffle tinged black fruit, hints of dried blood and black truffle developing with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin encasing a sweet core of candied red fruit. The Merlot is very expressive here and offers more brightness than many of its Pomerol peers, which is unusual for a Pomerol so saturnine in its youth. Just beautiful. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2024 - 2050

Score: 95Neal Martin,, March 2018

The 2014 Lafleur has a lucid hue. The bouquet bides its time, gradually unfolding with scents of raspberry coulis, blackberry, black truffle and just a faint hint of dark chocolate, all beautifully defined and yet you know it is keeping something in reserve. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin. There is that backbone, which of course you expect with this Pomerol, but also a sense of refinement and poise, a seam of spiciness that develops with time in the glass that prolongs the finish. No, it is not the greatest Lafleur that I have tasted. It's just a really great Pomerol that will give many years of pleasure. Drink Date 2024-2050

Score: 95Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017

The Château Lafleur 2014 is a blend of 44% Merlot picked on 25 September and 56% Cabernet Franc picked on 5 and 6 October, the yields coming in at 28 hectoliters per hectare. Bright purple in color, the bouquet is pixelated. It is decidedly neither powerful or voluminous but instead very subtle and reflects its terroir, hints of sous-bois and truffle filtering through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine, very precise tannin and nigh on perfect acidity. There is the trademark Lafleur structure and sense of "authority" here, perhaps a little more salinity emerging towards the finish compared to other vintages with a touch of spice right on the finish. It will require the patience of a saint, at least a decade in the cellar, but it will reward you with something heavenly. Drink: 2019 - 2045

Score: 94/96Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015

This is very tight and chewy with polished and intense tannins. Full-bodied with blueberries, blackberries, minerals and fine tannins. This is more Pauillac than many top Pauillac estates. Cabernet franc always makes the quality here and it's 56% this year. Rest is merlot. Superb.

Score: 97/98James Suckling,, March 2015

The 2014 Lafleur is dark, intense and also wonderfully vivid in the glass. A wine of restraint and total finesse, it will need at least a few years to start coming into its own. Today, it is the wine's persistence and overall harmony that really stand out. There is a level of translucence and energy in the 2014 that is utterly captivating. The blend is 56 % Cabernet Franc and 44 % Merlot, with the Franc super-expressive at this stage. Silky tannins add to the wine's pure appeal. Even at this early stage, the 2014 is brilliant.

Score: 95+Antonio Galloni,, February 2017

Tasted blind. A little pinched and tight. Decidedly austere. Youthful. It may get there in the end...
Drink 2025-2040

Score: 16.5+Jancis Robinson MW,, February 2018

Bright crimson. Healthy looking. Opulent and very rich. With the real tension and breadth of old Ch Lafleur. Though tighter than the old guard. Very tight for the moment.

Score: 17.5+Jancis Robinson MW,, March 2017

44% Merlot, 56% Cabernet Franc.
Bright red. Very savoury and lively on the nose. Very neat and precise and so bright and confident. Not heavy at all - just perfect prettiness. Very pretty and fresh. Long. Baptiste thinks it's more Lafleur than 2014. Pretty cherry flavours. Not big and dramatic at all. Very fresh and precise after something a little bonbon-like. Just a little dry on the end at the moment. 13.8%
Drink 2021-2033

Score: 17.5+Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2015

One of Bordeaux's biggest name ""cult wine"". Tiny production levels and a long pedigree of great quality ensure that collectors fight for an allocation every year despite the high prices. Not tasted en Primeur.

 Farr Vintners, March 2015

With its high percentage of Cabernet Franc, Lafleur is unique among Pomerol properties. It's also a Bordeaux that has as much in common with Burgundy as it does with its peers. Floral, scented and ethereal, the 2014 has finesse and sweetness, super fine tannins, incredible length and notes of raspberry and green herbs. Utterly delicious, even at this young age.

Score: 98Tim Atkin MW,, April 2015

Score: 95+Decanter Magazine, April 2015

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