Tasting Notes Lafleur 2015
In a year when too many châteaux seemed to be trying too hard to make great wines, this is the real deal, a subtle, complex, finely judged Pomerol from an exceptional terroir, made with Burgundian love of the land. Racy and sweet, balanced, silky and aromatic, with red berry fruit wound around a mineral core. One of my top two wines of the vintage. Drink: 2025-40
The 2015 Lafleur is a blend of 51% Merlot and 49% Cabernet Franc picked 11-15 September and 1-2 October respectively. As usual, I waited for the Grand Vin to open in the glass, so I chewed the fat with Baptiste Guinaudeau before I started to tap away at the laptop. It unfurls beautifully delivering small red cherries, cranberry and Japanese nori aromas that gain intensity with every swirl. The palate is medium-bodied with full and rounded tannin, very complex with layers of cranberry and raspberry fruit, veins of white pepper and bay leaf, structured on the finish but not as foreboding as the leviathan 2010 Lafleur. It will still require ten years in bottle to reach its plateau, but it will be one of the standout wines of the vintage.
51% Merlot picked 11 and 15 Sep, 49% Cabernet Franc picked 1 and 2 Oct. Much darker crimson than Pensées with more blue in the mix. Very rich and spicy on the nose. Masses of sweetness upfront but also great refinement and freshness. Sinewy and really very glorious. Gorgeous elixir. Lots of layers and different nuances.
It’s hard to describe perfection. It’s not just power and depth. It’s something mystiscal and ehteral. The wine just floats on your palate with incredible density yet precise. Taste it and you want it forever. So creamy and textured. Glorious.