Les Perrieres replaces the wine formerly known Acte from the Guinaudeau family. Its now christened name, Perrières, means field of limestones, reflective of the clay and limestone soils in Fronsac where the vines are planted.
Colour: Deep ruby-purple
Nose: It prances out of the glass with wonderfully gregarious notes of kirsch, Black Forest cake and wild blueberries, followed by hints of menthol, rose hip tea and underbrush.
Palate: The medium to full-bodied palate is packed with energy-charged red and black fruit layers, supported by exquisitely ripe, fine-grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and fragrant. Mmmm, that is good! – Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Grape Varieties: 49% Merlot and 51% Cabernet Franc
Aging: 15 months in one-third new French oak
Awards: 95pts – Decanter; 95pts – Jeb Dunnuck; 94pts – Wine Advocate-Parker; 93pts – James Suckling; 92pts – 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.