Château Lafleur is a Bordeaux wine from the appellation Pomerol and it’s among the rarest and expensive wines, a wine that is widely cited as one of the world’s finest.

Chateau Lafleur is a unique expression of Pomerol. It combines power, elegance, opulence, and an exotic, kinky, overripe, dark cherry, and minerality character, that delivers one of the finest and most unique sensations found in any wine.

It is also among the longest-lived wines from Pomerol as well as in all of Bordeaux. The best vintages take 2 to 3 decades to develop their incredible character.

Since 1984 the estate has also produced a second wine named Les Pensées de Lafleur, which has been termed an “insider’s secret”.

Château Lafleur produces four other wines in the Fronsadais; Château Grand Village, Château Grand-Village, G Acte and Les Champs Libres.

Tasting Notes

The 2006 Lafleur, which I had not tasted from bottle prior to this visit, merits 95 points. One of the vintate’s most brilliant wines, this blend of 61% Merlot and 39% Cabernet Franc is neither as dense nor complete as the 2008, but it is structured, closed, and austere (as are many 2006s at present). It reveals a plum/purple color along with a beautifully sweet nose of black and red fruits intermixed with incense as well as a steely/iron-like smell. More open on the palate than the 2008, with more obvious spice and earthy undertones, this powerful Lafleur should be drinkable in 5-7 years, and will last for three decades. [95 Points, Robert M. Parker Jr.,]