Tasting Notes Lafleur 2009
This is a crazy nose of tangerines and blueberries, with raspberries and mushroom and berries. Full-bodied, with ultra fine tannins. This wine is all about texture, with phenomenal tannins and subtle fruits that just make you think. Evocative. It is layered, yet changes all the time. I can't believe it really. Speechless. Amazes me. Try in 2020.
An absolutely prodigious blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot, the 2009 Lafleur displays the tell-tale characteristics of this great estate. Kirsch liqueur, licorice and floral notes are intermixed with raspberry in a very full-bodied, super-intense, opulent and multi-dimensional style. Extraordinarily dense and pure, but not heavy by any means, the intensity, texture, and richness of the 2009 Lafleur are reminiscent of the perfect 1982. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040.
Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. I suspected this was Lafleur merely because it was so damn broody under blind conditions. The 2009 is far more conservative on the nose than its peers: tightly coiled, earthy black fruits, mint, rose petals and Asian spices beginning to emerge. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, taut tannins. There is great focus and tension here, but it is surly and backward with a penetrating, graphite-tinged finish. Could the 2009 finally be closing down like the 2005? It will last decades, not years. Tasted January 2013.