Tasting Notes Lafleur 2008
Tasted at John Armit's Lafleur seminar in London, the 2008 seems to be shutting up shop a little on the nose with dark berry fruit, cedar and a touch of bell pepper that I have not noticed before. But it still remains taut and linear. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy, firm, dry tannins and superb acidity the cuts through the liquorice-tinged, dark fruit. There is a broodiness to the 2008, a sense of introspection compared to the more outgoing 2008, a solidity to the finish that will take time to soften. It will be interesting to compare this against the 2004 in future years. Tasted April 2012.
The 2008 Lafleur is a wine to buy from this very under-rated vintage. A blend of 54% Cabernet Franc and 46% Merlot, the wine has a similar color to the 2010, only less purple. With a beautiful nose of boysenberry , black cherry, damp earth and truffle-like notes in what is clearly a classic style, it is built in a masculine, full-bodied manner along the lines of the 1988 or perhaps 1996. This wine needs a good 5-7 years of cellaring and should keep 30 years. It is certainly one of the most backward 2008s from Pomerol.