Lafleur 1996

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Chateau Lafleur, Lafleur, 1996

Tasting Notes Lafleur 1996

90

Tasted from an ex-chateau bottle at the Lafleur vertical dinner at Attersee in Austria, this is my first encounter with the 1996 and I was hoping that it was better than the disappointing Petrus 1996. It is better that its neighbour, although the challenging growing season seems to inhibit its ambitions. The nose is driven by the expressive Merlot component of the blend with lifted red fruit of raspberry, cranberry, black truffles and later accompanied by a hint of mocha. The aromatics seem to gain intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins and impressive fruit concentration. Powerful and burly, it does not possess the finesse or delineation of the 1995, but the sinewy finish is attractive. This is a Lafeur whose ambitions were stunted by the growing season. Tasted June 2012.

Neal Martin
Wine Journal Sep 2013
90

As I suspected, the 1996 Lafleur is a painfully backward, austere wine that represents a modern day clone of this estate's 1966. It possesses a backward, tannic, Medoc-like character, with none of Pomerol's hallmark generosity. The wine exhibits a saturated dark purple color, as well as a distinctive mineral, black raspberry, and berry-scented nose with the steely, mineral Lafleur character well-displayed. Powerful, long, and rich, but excruciatingly tannic, this wine may or may not resolve all of its tannin. In short, it is an impressively constituted wine that is no sure thing. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025.

Robert Parker Jr
Wine Advocate #122 April 1999

Lafleur Pricing

Wine Vintage Producer Price Unit size
Lafleur 2018 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2018 Chateau Lafleur £3,500.00 3x75cl
Lafleur 2017 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2017 Chateau Lafleur £1,950.00 3x75cl
Lafleur 2016 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2015 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2014 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2013 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2012 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2011 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2010 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2009 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2008 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2007 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2006 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2005 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2004 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2003 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2002 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2001 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2000 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 1999 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 1998 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 1997 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 1996 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 1995 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 1990 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 1989 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 1986 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 1982 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl