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: Honeysuckle, pink grapefruit, guava, lemon meringue, and flowers create the complex nose.
Palate: With crisp, bright, fresh, juicy, yellow citrus, the wine slaps your palate with fruit and keeps on going all the way through to the creamy finish. If you are a fan of white Bordeaux, this hits all the right buttons and is well-worth seeking out. Drink from 2022-2034.
Grape Varieties: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Awards: 95pts – Wine Advocate-Parker; 93pts – 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.