Lafleur 2012

Current Market Price:
Chateau Lafleur, Lafleur, 2012

Tasting Notes Lafleur 2012

96

This is subtle yet so deep with blackberry, wet earth, stone and berries. It's full-bodied, with superfine tannins and wonderful length. Everything is at the end of the palate. This will be better than 2011. It's really about clarity and harmony. Yes. The winemaker says a special lot of Merlot picked on September the 23 really made this wine what it is. Stunning.

James Suckling
jamessuckling.com, November 14th 2013
92-94+

Reminiscent of the 2001 Lafleur, the 2012 is supple and elegant as well as impressively pure, textured and medium-bodied, with sensual kirsch-like fruit intermixed with loamy soil, licorice and incense notes. While not particularly powerful, it possesses a deep ruby color with purple nuances, and is stunningly pure with no hard edges. This 2012 will be drinking well by age 5 or 6 (atypical for a young Lafleur), and should keep for 15 or more. Baptiste Guinaudeau, the young, tall proprietor of this tiny treasure on the Plateau of Pomerol, harvested his Merlot at a perfect moment, September 23, and finished with the Cabernet Franc on October 6, several days before a huge deluge inundated Bordeaux. He spoke of 46 straight days with no rain, which created hydric stress in parts of their vineyard. The final blend for the 2012 Lafleur was 54% Cabernet Franc and 46% Merlot. Yields were low, never having surpassed 40 hectoliters per hectare in over 30 years, even in abundant years such as 1990 and 1982.

Robert Parker Jr
Wine Advocate #206
92-94

The Grand Vin is a blend of 46% Merlot picked on 23rd September and 54% Cabernet Franc picked on 6th October cropped at around 32hl/ha. The Merlot is quite expressive on the nose once again with redcurrant and raspberry scents intermingling with wilted rose petal scents and flinty notes. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chalky tannins on the entry. The acidity is crisp and lifted. This is a more masculine Lafleur: a little broody as it so often is at this primordial stage, the oak (around 25% new) waiting patiently in the background. There is good weight here and finish has a generosity and openness that is unusual for the vintage. Tasted April 2013.

Neal Martin
Wine Journal May 2013

Lafleur Pricing

Wine Vintage Producer Price Unit size
Lafleur 2018 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2018 Chateau Lafleur £3,500.00 3x75cl
Lafleur 2017 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2017 Chateau Lafleur £1,950.00 3x75cl
Lafleur 2016 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2015 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2014 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2013 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2012 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2011 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2010 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2009 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2008 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2007 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2006 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2005 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2004 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2003 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2002 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2001 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 2000 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 1999 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 1998 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 1997 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 1996 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 1995 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 1990 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 1989 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 1986 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl
Lafleur 1982 Chateau Lafleur POA 12x75cl