Tasting Notes Lafleur 2001
Tasted from an ex-chateau bottle at the Lafleur vertical dinner at Attersee in Austria, the 2001 is destined to be over-shadowed by the imperious millennial Lafleur. But do not ignore this fabulous Pomerol. It has a brilliant bouquet rich in minerals that infused the pure blackberry and raspberry fruit. It seems to shimmer in the glass, offering hints of violet and crushed rose petals with continued aeration. The palate is full-bodied and struck through with a crisp seam of acidity that slices through the multi-layered, tobacco tinged blackberry and dark cherry fruit, before fanning out to a vivacious, almost Pauillac-like finish. This is a wonderful Lafleur destined for long-term ageing. Tasted June 2012.
Performing slightly less impressively from bottle than it did from cask, this wine's Cabernet Franc element has come forward, revealing a distinctive herbal, bell pepper, vegetal character that kept my score from going higher. Nevertheless, there is plenty to like about this 2001 Pomerol. It possesses a saturated ruby/purple color, powerful aromas (kirsch liqueur, raspberries, and blackberries), an earthy, muscular, chunky character, and the most tannic personality of any Pomerol I tasted. While not the huge blockbuster Lafleur can often produce, it is well-built. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.