Tasting Notes Lafleur 2006
Tasted blind at Southwold ’06 Bordeaux tasting. This exceeded my expectations: a Lafleur that was so difficult to pin down in barrel finally coming into its own. A lovely, reserved, smoky, gamey, tobacco tinged nose with great definition: almost northern Pauillac in style. Slightly herbaceous, but that merely complements the aromatic profile. Very fresh and rounded on the entry, firm tannins, great structure with white pepper-laced black fruits. Good acidity, great depth here with an enormously long, mouth-coating finish. The aftertaste seems to last forever. Immense. Tasted January 2010.
The 2006 Lafleur, which I had not tasted from bottle prior to this visit, merits 95 points. One of the vintate’s most brilliant wines, this blend of 61% Merlot and 39% Cabernet Franc is neither as dense nor complete as the 2008, but it is structured, closed, and austere (as are many 2006s at present). It reveals a plum/purple color along with a beautifully sweet nose of black and red fruits intermixed with incense as well as a steely/iron-like smell. More open on the palate than the 2008, with more obvious spice and earthy undertones, this powerful Lafleur should be drinkable in 5-7 years, and will last for three decades. The tiny Lafleur vineyard, which was harvested between October 8-14, produced a wine with an atypically high percentage of Cabernet Franc. Proprietor Guinadeau stated that the Cabernet Franc was among the finest he had ever harvested.
On the nose this shows many of the floral and dark berry notes of the 2005, but less intense. Full and silky, with beautiful juicy fruit on the palate and a long, delicate finish. I love how this prepares your palate for pleasure. Don’t touch this until 2015.