Tasting Notes Lafleur 2000
This remains one of the most incredible Pomerol wines ever made. Very similar to the bottle opened at the Lafleur vertical in Austria in June 2012, it just has a bewitching purity and aloofness on the nose and a sense of crystalline delineation on the tense but powerful palate. Nowhere near ready, bunker this tour de force for at least two decades and you will repaid handsomely. Tasted March 2013.
An utterly awesome wine, the only problem with the 2000 Lafleur is that I indicated its maturity window would be 2012-2040+. Based on two tastings of it, I would now argue 2020-2060+. Yes, it is that backward, but it has extraordinary potential. Dense ruby/purple to the rim, this fabulously concentrated wine has a sweet nose of kirsch liqueur intermixed with licorice and subtle floral notes as well as a hint of truffle in the background. It is stacked and packed on the attack, with a multi-dimensional mid-palate of unbelievable intensity of concentration and richness, yet at the same time all this power is allied to striking elegance, purity, and depth. This is great Bordeaux, a profound Lafleur, and in about ten years, much of its magic should begin to be unleashed. If you can find it, it is an extraordinary wine, and as expensive as it was a decade ago, it will look cheap compared to prices for more recent vintages.