1995 Chateau Lafleur Bordeaux - 98 pts - 750ml

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1995 Chateau Lafleur Bordeaux - 98 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 1995
Rating 98 WS - 93 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Location Pomerol
Producer Lafleur
Color Red
Wine Type

Robert Parker

Rating 1995 Chateau Lafleur Bordeaux - 98 pts! A '95 that exploded in the glass in contact with air. Solid and masculine, with dark chocolate and bitter mocha notes, there's big intensity here. While the tannins are burly for now, the aromas keep coming--rose petal, violet and currant backed by creamy, vanilla bean character. Elegant finish. WS This is an awesome Lafleur but it is also an amazingly backward tannic monster that will need more cellaring than any Medoc in this vintage. The wine boasts an opaque black/purple color as well as a closed but promising nose that represents the essence of blackberry raspberry and cherry fruit. Intertwined with those aromas is the tell-tale mineral terroir of Lafleur full body blistering dry astringent tannin and a layered weighty feel on the palate. This is the kind of young claret that I couldn't wait to rush out and buy two decades ago but now I have to be content to admire it and wish I were twenty years younger. It is formidable prodigious and oh so promising but I cannot see it being ready to drink before the end of the second decade of the next century! RP

Wine Spectator

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Burghound

Winery Details

Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 1995
Rating 98 WS - 93 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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