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Les Champs Libres 2021 (750ML)

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95-97 JD / 96 DE / 96 JA / 92-94 VM

The other white from the Lafleur team, I think the 2021 Les Champs Libres is even better. Based on 100% Sauvignon, it has tons of chalky minerality as well as notes of citrus, pear, and white flowers. Medium-bodied, focused, racy, yet incredibly concentrated, it's brilliant stuff any way you look at it. -Jeb Dunnuck.

A multidimensional, concentrated and seriously impressive Champs Libres in 2021. Youthful exuberance is fully on show, with lemon and lime, grass, elderflower and pear notes on the nose alongside some perfumed aromatics. Mouthwatering and succulent on the palate, full of lemon, peach and bright clementine notes given high definition by mineral, slate and wet stone nuances. Power, density and energy with layers and supreme length. It's still a baby at the moment, not yet showing its best, but one of the most promising whites in 2021, with sucrosity, juiciness, a linearity but opening to an expansive finish which hints at where this wine will go given time. Seriously impressive and totally moreish. -Georgina Hindle, Decanter.

Les Champs Libres hits it out of the park in 2021. Gunsmoke opener, followed by structured white peach, pear, sage, crushed rocks, green apple, pummice stone slate and liquourice bud, with a squeeze of sweeter citrus pureee as it opens up in the mid palate. A truly great white that doesn't try too hard to impress, and is content to take its time. Savoury, mouthwatering, delicious. Harvest September 9 to 11. 100% aged in barrels. -Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux.

The 2021 Les Champs Libres comes from the two Sauvignon clones (Bordeaux and those propagated from Sancerre clones), and it was picked on 9 and 11 September. Matured in 70% new oak (Burgundy 228-litre Taransaud barrels) had strong yeasty aromas that is due to the aforementioned lower temperatures in the cellar retarding its evolution. The palate is well balanced with fine acidity, more developed with orange zest and apricot, a touch of ginger towards the very focused and persistent finish. Baptiste Guinaudeau suggested that this vintage will undergo a longer élevage than usual, and as such, I would also recommend affording it some bottle age, as it is likely to evolve equally slowly. -Neal Martin, Vinous Media.

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