2008 Lafleur Bordeaux Blend

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 750ML
  • NM 96
  • WA 94
  • ST 93
  • WS 91

Reviews for 2008 Lafleur Bordeaux Blend

NM 96
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, July 2012
Tasted at John Armit’s Lafleur seminar in London, the 2008 seems to be shutting up shop a little on the nose with dark berry fruit, cedar and a touch of bell pepper that I have not noticed before. But it still remains... Tasted at John Armit’s Lafleur seminar in London, the 2008 seems to be shutting up shop a little on the nose with dark berry fruit, cedar and a touch of bell pepper that I have not noticed before. But it still remains taut and linear. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy, firm, dry tannins and superb acidity the cuts through the liquorice-tinged, dark fruit. There is a broodiness to the 2008, a sense of introspection compared to the more outgoing 2008, a solidity to the finish that will take time to soften. It will be interesting to compare this against the 2004 in future years.
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2009
The 2008 Lafleur is a wine to buy from this very under-rated vintage. A blend of 54% Cabernet Franc and 46% Merlot, the wine has a similar color to the 2010, only less purple. With a beautiful nose of boysenberry , black... The 2008 Lafleur is a wine to buy from this very under-rated vintage. A blend of 54% Cabernet Franc and 46% Merlot, the wine has a similar color to the 2010, only less purple. With a beautiful nose of boysenberry , black cherry, damp earth and truffle-like notes in what is clearly a classic style, it is built in a masculine, full-bodied manner along the lines of the 1988 or perhaps 1996. This wine needs a good 5-7 years of cellaring and should keep 30 years. It is certainly one of the most backward 2008s from Pomerol. - Robert Parker
ST 93
Stephen Tanzer - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2011
(65% merlot and 35% cabernet franc): Bright, moderately saturated ruby-red. Wonderfully floral, pure nose offers penetrating blueberry, red cherry and violet scents. Sweet on entry, then tight and youthfully medicinal in... (65% merlot and 35% cabernet franc): Bright, moderately saturated ruby-red. Wonderfully floral, pure nose offers penetrating blueberry, red cherry and violet scents. Sweet on entry, then tight and youthfully medicinal in the middle, with flavors of blackcurrant, raspberry and camphor complicated by a strong mineral presence. A wonderfully balanced Lafleur, but with a firm tannic spine that will require years to resolve. Finishes juicy, precise and very long.
WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, May 2011
A bright, fresh, very pure style, with raspberry and bitter cherry fruit flavors laced with judicious toast and a streak of red licorice. The nicely fleshy finish puts on weight as it airs in the glass, developing... A bright, fresh, very pure style, with raspberry and bitter cherry fruit flavors laced with judicious toast and a streak of red licorice. The nicely fleshy finish puts on weight as it airs in the glass, developing alluring notes of black tea and incense. Drink now through 2019. –JM