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Lafleur 2003 (750ML)

$679.00
SKU:
LAFLEURAA3B
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Vintage:
2003
Format:
750ML
Appellation:
Pomerol
Region:
Right Bank
Stock Status:
Pre-Arrival

Critic Scores, Reviews & Descriptions

95 WA / 94 DE / 18+ JR

The exotic, nearly over the top 2003 exhibits a southern Rhone-like characteristic of kirsch liqueur intermixed with raspberries and flowers. Sweet fruit, high levels of glycerin (the alcohol is less than 13.5%), and high but silky tannins have resulted in a broad, expansive, terrific example of Lafleur that should be at its finest between 2008-2025. Along with Petrus, this stunning, full-bodied 2003 is a candidate for the top wine of Pomerol. Drink: 2008 - 2025 -- Robert Parker

From the first minute your nose hovers over the glass, you get a burst of saffron and black pepper spice. This is a different interpretation of Lafleur from the other vintages in the line-up and reveals the fingerprints of a year that was extreme in its heat. A canary in the coalmine for drought-like conditions that have become more common in recent years, but one that here has been tamed by the seductive richness of Lafleur. It doesn't have the length of the 2002 and 2001, but is hugely appealing, with concentrated berry fruit aromatics and a rich, velvety texture. The gravel soils of Lafleur don't retain a ton of water, so they had to work extremely hard to ensure the vines were able to cope, and the higher level of Cabernet Franc in the blend is key to the freshness that is still evident. It opens in the glass to reveal layers of liquorice, chocolate, raspberry coulis and graphite.Drinking Window 2019 - 2038 --Jane Anson, Decanter

Very deep purple and a nose that is pure class and density. Nothing is overdone. There is extraordinary fragrance and real Cabernet Franc perfume (the proportion was 50 per cent in 2003 rather than the usual 40). Sweetness and gentleness on the palate. No force but nothing dilute. Lighter in body than many a Pomerol but nothing dilute and this may well take on weight in barrel. Very clean without obviously unripe tannins. --Jancis Robinson

 

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