2011 Chateau Lafleur Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JS 97 DC 96 JL 95 JG 95 NM 95 WA 94 VN 94
JS 97

jamessuckling.com, October 2014

Complex aromas of blackberry and whole white truffles with hints of wet earth and stones. Full body and structured with gorgeous, velvety tannins, but reserved and polished. Very long finish with fabulous fruit. Goes on...
DC 96

Decanter, May 2018

This Lafleur effort in 2011 is truly stupendous and once again shows the greatness of its terroir. This was one of the driest vintages on record here and the berries were incredibly small, giving concentrated juice. The...
JL 95

TheWineCellarInsider.com, July 2018

A contender for wine of the vintage, the wine offered layers of ripe, richly textured, plums, truffle, mocha and black cherry. For Lafleur, a wine that often needs 2 decades before it's fun to drink, this will start...
JG 95

View From The Cellar, March 2012

Much to my surprise, I learned that Château Lafleur has had its malolactic fermentation done in barrel for several years now- though with a bit of a twist than what is the standard recipe for this on the Right Bank. Only...
NM 95

Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2012

(NM93-95 points) Tasted at the property with the entire Guinaudeau family (baby commenting through the intercom.) The Grand Vin is a blend of 47% Merlot cropped on 31st August and 12th September and 53% Cabernet Franc...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2012

(92 - 94) This tiny jewel of a property has produced a beautifully rich 2011 Lafleur from a blend of 53% Cabernet Franc and 47% Merlot. The Merlot was picked between August 31 and September 12, and the Cabernet Franc...
VN 94

Vinous, April 2022

The 2011 Lafleur has an almost Left Bank-like bouquet, well-defined and poised, quite fresh with tobacco and cigar box scents emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins with a fine bead of...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pomerol
Vintage 2011
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

The 2011 Chateau Lafleur is a remarkable Bordeaux blend that showcases the elegance and complexity of the Pomerol region in France. With an intense red color that hints at its depth and character, this wine is a true gem.

On the nose, the bouquet is reserved, dense, and compact, revealing intriguing aromas of dark tea, iodine, and vibrant black fruits. As the wine unfolds on the palate, it becomes evident that it is a true vin de garde, a wine meant for aging. The dense and compressed flavors are a bit unyielding at this stage, but the potential for greatness is apparent. The finely honed structure, seamless blending of fruit and fine tannins, and the incredibly long finish all point to a wine that will develop beautifully over time.

The 2011 Lafleur is a blend of 53% Cabernet Franc and 47% Merlot, sourced from a 4-hectare estate located near Petrus, surrounded entirely by the vineyards of Le Gay Lafleur-Petrus and La Croix de Gay. The vines, which are over 30 years old, are planted in gravel and clay soils, imparting depth and complexity to the wine.

The wine has received high praise from critics, with scores ranging from 94 to 99 points. Chuck Hayward of JJ Buckley describes it as "astounding" and a true vin de garde that can easily age for half a century. Neal Martin of Neal Martin's Wine Journal praises its generous bouquet, medium-bodied palate, and wonderful fruit concentration and minerality. Decanter magazine calls it "stupendous" and highlights its depth, complexity, and concentration of delicious dark fruits.

Overall, the 2011 Chateau Lafleur is a wine of exceptional quality and pedigree. With its refined structure, complex aromas, and remarkable aging potential, it is a true collector's item that will reward those with the patience to cellar it for years to come.