This shows such beautiful ripeness and freshness with dark berries, blueberries and hints of dark chocolate. Full-bodied yet balanced and refined with linear drive and brightness.
54% Bouchet (Cabernet Franc), 46% Merlot. Clay on the plateau of Pomerol, 0.7 ha (1.7 acres). 'Our real Pomerol from the plateau', whereas Lafleur is not really Pomerol because of the gravel, says Baptiste Guinaudeau. The fruit comes from the valley between the two banks of gravel that constitute Lafleur. Barrel sample. Darkest cherry red. Here there is the more leafy side of Bouchet and a mineral/salty touch. So fragrant and alive on the nose. Sour-cherry fruit, with an intensity you barely notice until you see the length. Finest and smoothest tannins even though there is a fine grain to add freshness. Smells of small wild berries. Seductively smooth texture. (JH) Drink 2025-2035
Lisa Perrotti-Brown. Composed of 46% Merlot harvested September 21 and 54% Cabernet Franc harvested October 4, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Pensées de Lafleur comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant notes of warm blueberries, crushed red and black cherries and plum preserves with hints of licorice, charcuterie, wild sage, underbrush and truffles. Medium to full-bodied, the palate reveals exquisitely ripe, rounded tannins and tons of freshness supporting the multilayered, vivacious fruit, finishing long with an herbal lift.