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2017 Pensées de Lafleur, Pomerol

Château Lafleur, Bordeaux Wine Region, France

Drinking 2023-2033
Bottle shot of 2017 Pensées de Lafleur, Pomerol

2017 Pensées de Lafleur, Pomerol

Château Lafleur, Bordeaux Wine Region, France

Drinking 2023-2033

Scores

An impressively tight and solid wine from Lafleur with dark-berry, chocolate and spice character as well as some white-pepper and salty undertones. Full-bodied, very tight and focused. A really pretty young 2017. 
94-95 Points, James Suckling

For the first time, with respect to the 2017 Les Pensées de Lafleur, 100% of the Cabernet Franc comes from the massaleselection. It has a very well defined bouquet with red berry fruit, pressed rose petal and crushed stone aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, quite a firm backbone with a subtle marine/iodine influence. It is very harmonious in style, becoming more linear and strict towards the saline finish. It is a little standoffish, so don’t be afraid to give this four or five years in the cellar.
91-93 Points, Neal Martin

Pensées de Lafleur is not a second wine, as it comes from a single, rather oddly shaped, 0.69-hectare block of clay in the middle of the Lafleur vineyard. Composed of 52% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Franc, the 2017 Pensées de Lafleur is medium to deep garnet-purple in color and comes bounding out of the glass with gorgeous crushed black and red cherries notes, yeast extract, lilacs and rose hips with touches of cinnamon stick and tilled soil. The palate is medium-bodied, elegant, very fine and very fresh with a long, mineral-laced finish.
90-92 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate

The 2017 Pensées de Lafleur is a very serious wine. Deceptively medium in body, the 2017 packs quite a punch, with tons of depth to the dark cherry, plum, rose petal and lavender flavors. There is so much character and personality here.
89-92 Points, Antonio Galloni

 


ProducerChâteau Lafleur

Nestled next door to Pomerol’s Petrus, Château Lafleur measures a mere 4.5ha, planted almost exactly with half Cabernet Franc and half Merlot. Since the Guinaudeau family took control of production, an already highly regarded cru has reached greater heights, with more obsessive precision of selection and timing of picking, as well as more nuanced use of barrels. Combining their mineral expression of Merlot, with the perfume and complexity of Cabernet Franc, the Guineaudeau family has managed to create some of the most elegant, long-lived and collectible wines in Bordeaux.

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