Over-achievers in short, the 2009 La Fleur de Bouard is fabulous, with notes of blueberry, plum, licorice, white flowers and camphor followed by a full-bodied, well-endowed, textured, supple wine. Stunningly concentrated, yet silky and seductive, it should be drunk over the next 10+ years.
Both of these wines, from the 50-acre estate owned by Hubert de Bouard, are the reference points for Lalande de Pomerol.
Tasted at Chateau Angelus. This has a very rich, fruitcake and black cherry scented bouquet, with touches of dried prune developing with aeration. The palate is full-bodied, slightly savoury with meaty black fruits, very concentrated towards the finish that is lacking a little finesse and poise, but does pack a punch.
Supersilky and round, with lovely berry, licorice and black chocolate character. Full and gorgeous. Like it.
Dark, rich and heady and thick and purple. Soo so thick! Very flattering even if not the freshest. Date tasted 30th March 2010. Drink 2014-2026.
This property in Lalande de Pomerol is owned and managed by Hubert de Bouard of Chateau Angelus. Very much a junior version of Angelus, this wine is impressively concentrated and jam-packed. Deep, thick and chewy.
This full-throttle red bets on power, with a thick, syrupy texture and muscular, body armor tannins. The flavor range is dominated by sanguine, mineral and espresso notes, but there's a core of blackberry and currant flavors. Thanks to fresh acidity, this remains balanced and alluring. Best from 2014 through 2028.
The richness of black cherry and damson flesh out the palate and give a lovely sweetness on the nose. The mid palate is bright with fresh fruit underpinning the sweeter mix. The back palate has lovely rich ripe flavours. Drink 2016-2035.
Dark and dense with layered fruit. Well integrated oak apparent. Fine tannins and texture. Drink 2014-2022.
The 2009 La Fleur de Bouard (made from yields of 45 hectoliters per hectare; 13.5% alcohol) is a Merlot-based wine with brilliant purity, abundant black cherry, plum, and boysenberry fruit, extraordinary density, decent acids, and high tannins. This full-bodied, concentrated, impressively endowed 2009 should age nicely for 10-15 years. At a recent tasting of the 2000 vintage, I was reminded of how great this estate's luxury cuvee can be. It was off the charts in terms of richness and personality. (Tasted three times.) Drink 2010-2025.
Unquestionably a star of Lalande de Pomerol is the 50-acre estate of Hubert and Corinne de Bouard, who produce wines that fly well above their pedigree. Tasting through older vintages proves that these are the "real deal," as they age quite well. One can even argue that the luxury cuvee, La Plus de la Fleur de Bouard, is one of the top twenty wines being produced in Bordeaux - a remarkable achievement given the appellation's lack of status.