Pomerol Protected Designation of Origin and Great Wine
The Guinaudeau family has owned Chateau Lafleur since 1872. It's located 30km East from Bordeaux (on the right bank). It's in the Pomerol Protected Designation of Origin and none of its wines are to be found in any classification. The vineyard of Chateau Lafleur covers 4.5 hectares and its 5,900 vine stocks/Ha are generally more than 30 years old and grow on grave-clay and ferruginous sandstone soils. This small vineyard is quite uncommon, as it's made of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
Jacques and Sylvie Guinaudeau take very good care of the estate and their red wine is among the best of the Bordeaux region.
Lafleur's great wine is often in competition with Petrus, since it was rewarded 5 times with the best tasting note score of 100 from Robert Parker (in 2005, 2000, 1982, 1947 , and 1945). Besides these 5 perfect tasting notes scores, the estate produces highly praised wines each and every year. Here are the best Lafleur vintages: 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1995, 1990, 1989, 1985, 1982, 1979, 1978, 1975, 1966, 1961, 1950, 1949, 1947, 1945. Its ageing potential is outstanding: 10 to 15 years! The second red wine, "les Pensees de Lafleur" is an excellent wine that could pass off as first great wine in any Pomerol estate. However, it's a wine that is more accessible as it can be appreciated in its youth. Chateau Lafleur's wines are among the most iconic red wines: they're every wine enthusiast's dream. It goes without saying that the price of a bottle reflects its quality and fame. Only Petrus and Le Pin (5,000 bottles/year) exceed its price.
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