Château Lafleur is a Bordeaux wine from the appellation Pomerol. The winery is located on the Right Bank of the Bordeaux wine region, in the commune of Pomerol in the department Gironde. As all wine produced in this appellation, Château Lafleur is unclassified, but the estate is estimated among the great growths of the region. Among the rarest and expensive wines, the wine is widely cited as one of the world’s finest.
Since 1984 the estate has also produced a second wine named Les Pensées de Lafleur, which has been termed an ‘insider’s secret’.
Located in the vicinity of Château Pétrus, this small estate shares history with the property across the road, Château Le Gay. Both part of the property Le Manoir de Gay in the mid 18th century, it was purchased by the Greloud family and divided among the sons into two properties, the Domain de Lafleur section eventually inherited by André Robin who imprinted on Lafleur his personal motto, “Qualité passe quantité” (French: Quality surpasses quantity).
Blended of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Pensées de Lafleur opens with bold, tantalizing notes of crushed black cherries, wild blueberries, and plum preserves with hints of kirsch, violets, dark chocolate, and licorice with a waft of the forest floor. Medium-bodied, the palate is amazingly elegant for the intensity of fruit with beautifully ripe, finely grained tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing long and layered. [93 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown – November 2018, robertparker.com]