Les Pensees de Lafleur is the second wine of the highly rated Chateau Lafleur and has been in production since 1984. It is commonly regarded as an ‘insider’s secret’ throughout the wine history.
A Bordeaux wine based in the Pomeral appellation and located in the Gironde department, it is an unclassified wine (like all wines from this region) yet it is a highly rated luxury wine among the world’s elite. Year after year Chateau Lafleur produces top wines that command high prices at auction and sales.
Colour: Medium to deep garnet-purple
Nose: Flowers, herbs, cherries, plums and kirsch with a dash of cocoa comes through on the nose.
Palate: Supple, silky, fresh and elegantly textured palate that makes this wine really shine. The purity in the red fruits, along with its poise and grace is just great. Medium-bodied with lift and length, this is clearly the finest Pensees ever produced. Give this few years to age allowing the wine to expand and soften and enjoy it for 10-12 years after that.
Grape Varieties: 54% Merlot and 46% Cabernet Franc
Awards: 96pts – James Suckling; 96pts – Jeb Dunnuck; 94pts – TheWineCellarInsider.com; 93pts – Wine Advocate-Parker; 93pts – Decanter
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.