2011 Lafleur Bordeaux Blend

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 750ML
  • JS 97
  • NM 95
  • WA 94
  • IWC 92

Reviews for 2011 Lafleur Bordeaux Blend

JS 97
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, January 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... 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 for minutes. This is all class: the red wine of the vintage. Better in 2019.
NM 95
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - 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... (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 cropped on 22nd and 23rd September. It has a generous bouquet with scents of raspberry, wild strawberry, oyster shell and a touch of kirsch, more open and approachable than the 2009 and 2010. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, crisp tannins. It has wonderful fruit concentration and minerality, very good depth on the back palate that is lacquered in truffle tinged black fruit. It has wonderful focus: a linear Lafleur with a persistent finish. Excellent.
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2012
(RP92-94 points) 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... (RP92-94 points) 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 between September 22-23. The 2011 reveals a floral-scented bouquet with notions of kirsch, licorice and black raspberries. It is medium to full-bodied with terrific fruit purity, good minerality and slightly more acidity and freshness than are found in such ripe vintages as 2009 and 2010. At present, the Guinandeau family, the owners, are using between 50-60% new oak in an attempt to emphasize their great terroir and the extraordinary fruit quality they achieve from both the old vine Cabernet Franc and Merlot. This cuvee possesses some serious tannin and will undoubtedly need 5-6 years of cellaring after its release, but it should be one of the longer-lived wines of the vintage, lasting 25+ years. - Robert Parker
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2014
92+ Bright, deep ruby-red. Bright, cool aromas of black cherry and cassis, with a distinct white pepper cabernet franc lift and lots of floral perfume (a whopping 63% cabernet franc here!). Sweetly oaky and lush, with... 92+ Bright, deep ruby-red. Bright, cool aromas of black cherry and cassis, with a distinct white pepper cabernet franc lift and lots of floral perfume (a whopping 63% cabernet franc here!). Sweetly oaky and lush, with lovely inner-mouth perfume to its shockingly forward flavors of strawberry, cocoa and minerals. Precise, seamless and light on its feet, this builds subtly and lingers on the finish, leaving behind a note of flinty blackcurrant. This wine has really softened since the Primeurs. "Actually, I was aiming for that," Baptiste Guinaudeau told me. "I knew we'd have no difficulty getting tannins in 2011 so all of my winemaking was aimed at extracting as gently as possible." - Ian D'Agata
JJB 99
Chuck Hayward - JJ Buckley, April 2012
53% cabernet franc 47% merlot. From a 4-hectare estate located near Petrus and surrounded entirely by the estate vineyards of Le Gay Lafleur-Petrus and La Croix de Gay. Vines are 30-plus years in age planted in gravel and... 53% cabernet franc 47% merlot. From a 4-hectare estate located near Petrus and surrounded entirely by the estate vineyards of Le Gay Lafleur-Petrus and La Croix de Gay. Vines are 30-plus years in age planted in gravel and clay. The cab franc was picked on September 22nd and 23rd. Opaque and purple-black in color the bouquet here is reserved dense and compact. Not as obvious at this stage intriguing aromas of dark tea and iodine mingle with latent but vibrant black fruit aromas. The backward nature of the wine is evident on the palate with dense and compressed flavors that are a bit unyielding. But the potential for greatness can be seen in the finely honed structure that comprises the backpalate the seamless mingling of fruit and fine tannins and the incredibly long finish. A true vin de garde this will need at least 5-7 years to show a sense of itself but can easily go a half a century. Astounding.