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Tasted at Justerini & Brooks agency tasting in London. The Les Pensées de Lafleur 2000 is one that I had never tasted before. It attests to the longevity of this wine. It has a lively blackberry and black olive bouquet with a subtle ferrous tincture. It actually gains intensity in the glass and develops more red fruit characteristics. The palate is dense and powerful, a little austere perhaps, but with a convincing, burly finish and a healthy dash of black pepper on the aftertaste. If you cannot afford the 2000 Lafleur, then think about Les Pensées. Tasted February 2015.
"It was our great-great-grandfather, 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 us, Jacques and Sylvie, who are in charge of vinifying Château Lafleur, finally becoming the sole owners in 2002 together with our three children. It is also at the beginning of the 2000s that our son Baptiste and his wife Julie join us, with the aim of carrying on this unique work with the same convictions.
Together with our team at Lafleur we also produce five other wines: in Pomerol, on the clay-gravelly sand of the vineyard of Lafleur, Les Pensées de Lafleur. In the region of Fronsac, with its clay-limestone terroir, we produce Château Grand-Village red, Château Grand-Village white, Les Champs Libres and Acte named Les Perrières de Lafleur in 2018."