The 2016 Lafleur is a blend of 45% Merlot and 55% Cabernet Franc picked 24-30 September and 11 October, matured in one-third new oak and around 14.3% alcohol. It has a very backward bouquet that demanded a lot of coaxing from the glass. Here there are introspective black fruit, a touch of shucked oyster shell and Japanese nori, opening reluctantly with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a saline entry, spicier than the 2015 Lafleur when I tasted it from barrel last year, edgy and minerally with a touch of truffle towards the persistent finish. This is a cerebral and yet vivacious Lafleur at this prenatal stage, a great Pomerol that will require a decade in bottle. Baptiste Guinaudeau appeared quietly confident about this latest vintage and he has every right to be. Do afford it plenty of cellaring, though, as it's not a 2016 to appease those without patience. Drink 2026 - 2060.
|Score: 96/98||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
This is a young wine that just kicks off at the end with fantastic depth of fruit and intensity. Full-bodied, yet very tight and closed at first. Compact and powerful. Incredible power and structure.
|Score: 99/100||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017|
There is not much to day about the 2016 Lafleur except that it is stunning. A Pomerol of extraordinary purity and finesse, the 2016 simply has it all. Cabernet Franc-inflected flavors pulse with energy in a vivid, sculpted wine that dazzles. Even with all of its aromatic and flavor explosiveness, the 2016 remains supremely graceful. Hints of rose petal, sweet herb and mint add the final shades of nuance. Readers will have to be patient with the 2016, but it is a jewel of a wine. Proprietor Baptiste Guinaudeau is among the growers who cited the small size of the berries, about 30% smaller than normal here, as one of the characteristics of the vintage.
|Score: 97/100||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
Always one of the most refined and nuanced wines in Bordeaux, this is just a whisker away from perfection in 2016. Fresh, scented and alluring, with fine-boned tannins, silky, palatecaressing fruit flavours, bright acidity and stylish oak integration. 2026-38
|Score: 99||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|
Deep crimson. Deeper and more concentrated than Pensées but less immediately seductive on the nose therefore. Very rich and sweet on the palate. Very rich and ripe. Velvety texture. Nervy too. Easy to see the Cabernet Franc here. Massive fruit over the tannins. Liquorice. Some violets and exotic notes. Really quite serious. Dense and a wine to have a conversation with. Minerally finish.
|Score: 18.5+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
One of Bordeaux's biggest name "cult wines". Tiny production levels and a long pedigree of great quality ensure that collectors fight for an allocation every year despite the high prices. Not tasted En Primeur.
| ||Farr Vintners, February 2017|
Lafleur manages to deliver extremely ripe fruits without being in the slightest bit sweet. You could almost be on the left bank if it wasn't for the silkiness of the tannins and the floral aspect on the aftertaste. Cabernet dominates at this stage, a gorgeous, sappy wine with huge, dense curls of liquorice and anis that spiral through the mouth as this wine stretches endlessly out in front of you. Layers of flavour change every minute; first coffee and black chocolate, then tightly fleshed out black fruits, then some Pomerol glamour. Hard to wipe the smile off your face when tasting this! 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot. 98-100 points.
Drinking Window 2027 - 2050
|Score: 99||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017|