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. Drink 2024 - 2054.
Very deep and dark fruits on the nose with black mushrooms and wet earth and just a hint of stones. Touch of rust. Full-bodied, tight and focused. Lots of tannins yet this is so polished under the surface of the wine. Draws you in and holds you with its unique personality. Some tile and clay character to it. Makes you think. Try in 2025.
Tasted by Jane Anson(at Château Gazin, 01 Dec 2017)
Part of Bordeaux Right Bank 2015 in bottle: Top scorers
The difference between Les Pensées and Lafleur itself is almost invariably in the intensity, texture and weight in the mouth. The extraction time for Lafleur is no more than for its little brother, and both have just 20% new oak in this vintage, one of the lowest percentages at this quality level across the whole of Bordeaux, I would like to bet. And yet the ripeness and density of the fruit is full of impact, showcasing tannins that are fine but structured, with an explosion of black fruits and fresh mint leaf on the mid-palate, layered with graphite, slate, cigar box, and black pepper spice. It's going to last and last.
Drinking Window 2023 - 2040
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Tasted blind. Juicy and opulent but not too sweet. So reverberant! It’s all on the finish, which is a tad drying but it’s a good wine.
The nose has a mix of black fruits fragrant woodland violets the palate is sweet with ripe black plum velvety and smooth the richness tempered by underlying bilberry freshness. Power and richness at the back supple and ripe yet the back palate is lighter bright seamless and elegant. 2026-40
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. Drink: 2025-40
The richness and sexiness of the fruit here is extraordinary and it is packed with juiciness and power while maintaining
its red theme. The oak is also full volume but this has been sucked up by the fruit with ease. Very tense and youthful this
is a wine which needs a decade minimum to relax and with the calibre of tannins and punch of acidity this is possibly a
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. Drink 2028-2060.
It’s hard to describe perfection. It’s not just power and depth. It’s something mystical and ehtereal. The wine just floats on your palate with incredible density yet precise. Taste it and you want it forever. So creamy and textured. Glorious.
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.