Les Champs Libres (by Lafleur) 2017
The 2017 Les Champs Libres was picked from 29 August to 2 September according to winemaker Baptiste Guinaudeau (see Lafleur in Pomerol). It has an attractive bouquet with nectarine, white peach and a touch of almond, all very well defined and showing a little more intensity than the Grand Village Blanc tasted alongside. The palate is well balanced with a twist of sour lemon on the entry, fine depth with plenty of energy. There is a touch of sea salt towards the finish with a hint of ginger on the aftertaste, completing what is rapidly becoming one of the benchmark white wines of Bordeaux.
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018|
There is only one-third of the normal production this year. Composed of 100% Sauvignon Blanc, the 2017 Blanc has electric intensity and scents of pure mandarin peel, pink grapefruit, yuzu zest and crushed stones. The palate is medium-bodied, very elegant, intense and crisp, finishing long and chalky.
|Score: 90/92||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018|
This is a wild, intense white with so much sliced-apple, lime and papaya character. It’s full and dense, yet shows vibrancy and power on the finish. Aniseed and Sicilian lemon rind. Wild white. Fantastic, crazy finish to this. Drink or hold.
|Score: 95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2020|
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