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Tasted at Justerini & Brooks agency tasting in London. So far this year, I have tasted the Château Lafleur 1995 twice and it is rapidly becoming my favorite wine of that decade, vying with the 1998. Unlike the 2000, this is now reaching its plateau of maturity after 20 years, though it will remain there for many years. It has a sensual bouquet with a wonderful definition: blackberry, bacon fat, hot gravel scents abound, and then after 30-40 minutes a sprig of wild mint. Mercurial and captivating—that's a great Lafleur on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, though they are not quite as filigree and finely chiselled as the 2000. There is unquestionably immense depth here with tertiary black fruit, smoke, and black truffle before fanning out in confident fashion on the finish. This is just a superb Lafleur with a long and prosperous life ahead.
"It was their great-great-grand-father, Henri Greloud, who founded Château Lafleur after buying in 1872 this small Domaine of 4.5 hectares gathered in a sole patch of land. After renewing the vineyard and constructing the house and cellars, he baptizes this cru after the name of the hamlet: Lafleur.
Since 1985 it is Jacques and Sylvie who are in charge of vinifying Château Lafleur, finally becoming the sole owners in 2002 together with their three children. It is also at the beginning of the 2000s that their son Baptiste and his wife Julie join us, with the aim of carrying on this unique work with the same convictions."