Performing slightly less impressively from bottle than it did from cask, this wine’s Cabernet Franc element has come forward, revealing a distinctive herbal, bell pepper, vegetal character that kept my score from going higher. Nevertheless, there is plenty to like about this 2001 Pomerol. It possesses a saturated ruby/purple color, powerful aromas (kirsch liqueur, raspberries, and blackberries), an earthy, muscular, chunky character, and the most tannic personality of any Pomerol I tasted. While not the huge blockbuster Lafleur can often produce, it is well-built. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.
Celebrated as the “Jewel of Pomerol”, Château Lafleur is an 11-acre vineyard across from Petrus, producing wines of equivalent quality. The property is evenly planted of Merlot and Cabernet Franc producing wines of minerality, elegance, opulence and exotic dark fruits. Arguably the most individualistic Bordelais wine around, Lafleur has been awarded The Wine Advocate 100 points on their 1945, 1947, 1950, 1975, 1982, 2000, 2009, and 2010 vintages. Robert Parker commented that they are one of the most distinctive, most exotic, and greatest wines, not only in Pomerol, but in the world.
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