The 2010 Lafleur is a Pomerol that has long flirted with perfection. Even after 8 years the bouquet is still tightly wound and backward, yet extraordinarily pure with scents of blackberry, wild hedgerow, a touch of gravel and iodine. Yet, these are fleeting glimpses of the bouquet to come. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, masculine and almost surly in personality and yet, utterly compelling. There is layer upon layer of spicy black fruit intermixed with white pepper and sage, with aeration developing a haunting sense of precision and silky texture that leaves you urging for a second sip. This is just magisterial. Tasted at the Christies’ Lafleur masterclass in London.
Anticipated maturity: 2030-2070
62% Cabernet Franc, first time they’ve had such a high proportion! 60% of the production. Deep crimson. Savoury and dense and very clarety. Very pure and natural. ‘We did practically nothing, no extraction techniques needed.’ Really fine and racy and dry and minerally but not drying on the end. One of the future. Polished. Lip smacking. Dry finish but very rich in Pomerol way. Long. Real tension. A little lighter than Pétrus but lovely stuff, just a bit tarry on the finish. Very stimulating rather than a relaxing drink.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2036
Robert Parker 99
Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 2010 Lafleur put in an absolutely no holds barred astonishing performance. Lafleur is wont to improve in bottle and this is certainly the case apropos the 2010. It has a boisterous ripe blackberry, cranberry, sous-bois and graphite-scented bouquet that is an absolute beauty. Power mixed with quite brilliant precision, you almost want to laugh at its sheer audacity. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin; there is immense depth and wonderful cohesion. Mineral-drenched black fruit, a slightly chalky texture and outstanding energy and tension on the finish – this is a magnificent Pomerol from the Guinaudeau family. Tasted December 2016.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2070