Les Champs Libres was born in 2013 from an impulsive idea that came from Julie and Baptiste Guinaudeau. This new cru is the fruit of long lasting experience combined with precision work in the white parcels at Grand Village.
In the past ten years they have applied an extremely qualitative approach both in the vineyard as in the cellar, investing much energy and time in the elaboration of these white wines. In 2012, they kept apart two barrels of Sauvignon ”À Louima”, which showed exceptional aromatic complexity and were bottled separately. The resulting 240 bottles and 120 magnums were baptized as “À Louima 2012”. They represent the departure on a new adventure.
In 2013 they decided to blend the best barrels coming from three key Sauvignon parcels: À Louima, Les Pêchers and Les Acacias, to create Les Champs Libres 2013. A new parcel, Mathilde, joined in 2014 to complete this new cru.
Colour: Clear pale yellow with green tints
Nose: Les Champs Libres reveals a floral and complex nose.
Palate: On the palate, the wine is rich and mineral, showing great freshness, balance and a remarkably long finish. Les Champs Libres is dedicated to all lovers of great white wines. It is a rare bottle, elaborated with the same convictions employed at Lafleur
Grape Varieties: 95% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Semillon
Aging: Eight months aging on the fine lees, including 5 months of gentle lees-stirring. Bottled at the beginning of summer the year after harvest.
Awards: 95pts – Decanter; 95pts – Wine Advocate-Parker; 94pts – TheWineCellarInsider.com
History of Château Lafleur
Château Lafleur is a tiny 4.5-hectare Pomerol property located opposite Pétrus and producing wines of comparable quality. Lafleur is owned and run by Sylvie and Jacques Guinadeau. Its vineyards are situated on the gravel-rich Pomerol plateau and adjoin those of La Fleur-Pétrus. The soils here are particularly deep and are enriched by deposits of potassium and iron. Only natural fertilisers are used and yields are painfully low, even by Pomerol standards.
Lafleur’s wine is typically a blend of Merlot (50%) and Cabernet Franc (50%). It is aged in small oak barrels (50% new) for 18 months. Wines from Lafleur display a spectacularly intense perfume (partly attributable to the high percentage of Cabernet Franc in the blend) and display layers and layers of concentrated, black fruits, minerals, tobacco spices and creamy liquorice on the palate. The best vintages can last for up to 50 years.