1947 Chateau Lafleur Bordeaux - 100 pts - 750ml

1947 Chateau Lafleur Bordeaux - 100 pts - 750ml

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1947 Chateau Lafleur - 100 Pts!

One of the rarest wines in the world, thanks to the tiny production volumes and the degree of care and attention that goes into every bottle - reflected in the château motto, “qualité passe quantité” - Lafleur is a name that emanates exclusivity. In true artisan fashion, every vine is pruned manually and standards are some of the highest in Bordeaux. If the grapes aren’t perfect one year then there may be no vintage at all, as happened in 1987, or just a handful of barrels will be completed.

A totemic estate, a shrine to a time in which wine-making was a labourious, personal affair where châteaux were owned by people rather than multinational corporations, each of the 12,000 bottles produced annually is a labour of love. Whilst Pétrus may be its equal in Pomerol, it is the quality of exclusivity which sets Lafleur apart, and for this reason surviving bottles of legendary vintages such 1945, 1947 or 1961 are highly prized with very few seeing the light of day, never mind the auction room floor. Even slightly more contemporaneous vintages such as the 1982 regularly fetch at least £2,400 per bottle.

In 2012 Lafleur was among a few select labels named by Anthony Hanson of Christie’s as fine wine brands that present the most reliable returns both at auction and on the exchange market in general. International buying, particularly that from the Far East, is beginning to favour top quality producers outside the Left-bank First Growths. Indeed, Aussino cellars, one of China’s biggest wine retailers, when announcing their intention to begin promoting Right-Bank estates over those on the Left, specifically mentioned Pomerol as an appellation of special market interest for the future. Therefore, whilst investors have always found reliable returns in Château Lafleur, the coming years could represent a new golden age for the tiny, legendary château.

      


Product Details

Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 1947
Rating 100 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Location Pomerol
Producer Lafleur
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 100 RP -  Chateau Bottled!! There are many 1947s that were bottled in Belgium. I have had the 1947 Lafleur Belgian bottling which ranges from very good to occasionally outstanding. As good as it is the chateau bottling from which this tasting note emanates can leave you speechless. This is an extraordinarily profound wine that surpasses Petrus and Cheval Blanc in this vintage even though they can all be perfect wines. The 1947 Lafleur is more developed and forward than the 1949 and 1945. It reveals a thick port-like color with slight amber at the edge. The nose offers a smorgasbord of aromas ranging from caramel to jammy black-raspberries and cherries honeyed nuts chocolate and truffles. The wine's unctuosity and viscosity are unequaled in any other dry wine I have tasted. There is neither volatile acidity nor residual sugar present something that many of the greatest 1947s possess. This wine's richness and freshness are unbelievable. The finish which lasts more than a minute coats the mouth with layers of concentrated fruit. There have been many great Lafleurs but the 1947 is the quintessential expression of this tiny yet marvelous vineyard that was ignored by wine critics for most of this century. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 1947
Rating 100 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Location Pomerol
Producer Lafleur
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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