2017 Chateau Lafleur Les Pensees de Lafleur

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JS 95 JD 94 TWI 94 VN 94 WA 93 DC 92 JL 92
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, January 2020

Deep, dark berries with lots of tree bark, black tea and dark chocolate. Medium-to full-body and enveloped by fine, polished tannins that give it form and focus. Try after 2023, yet very approachable even now.
JD 94

jebdunnuck.com, February 2020

The second wine of Chateau Lafleur which comes from a small, clay-dominated part of the estate vineyard, the 2017 Pensees De Lafleur is 53% Merlot and 47% Bouchet aged 15-16 months in 20-25% new barrels. Its deeper ruby...
TWI 94

The Wine Independent, December 2022

While Lafleur is based on the gravel soils in Pomerol, Pensees is made from the vines on clay. The 2017 Pensees has 52% Merlot together with 48% Cabernet Franc and is medium to deep garnet-purple in color. It slowly...
VN 94

Vinous, March 2020

The 2017 Pensées de Lafleur is simply stunning. Tasting it today, I can only conclude that Pensées is obviously more complete and enthralling than many Grand Vins in this vintage. Explosive, deep and beautifully resonant...
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2020

The 2017 Pensées de Lafleur is a blend of 52% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Franc. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it springs from the glass with vivacious scents of exotic spices—cassia, fenugreek, cumin seed and star...
DC 92

Decanter, April 2018

The 1,500 candles in the vineyards (as with Petrus and VCC) were effective against the frost here, and as with much of the region the water stress was causing concern until rain at the end of June, which got everything...
JL 92

TheWineCellarInsider.com, May 2018

Floral in nature, maraschino cherries, silky tannins, wet earth and juicy plums come to front promptly. Soft, seductive, sweet and fresh, give this a few years to age so the wine can expand and soften. Made from a blend...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pomerol
Vintage 2017
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 15%
Closure Cork

Introducing the exquisite 2017 Chateau Lafleur Les Pensees de Lafleur, a Bordeaux Blend that hails from the renowned Pomerol region in Bordeaux, France. This red wine is a true testament to the artistry and craftsmanship of Chateau Lafleur, a producer known for their exceptional quality and attention to detail.

In the glass, this wine presents a captivating deep red color that is both alluring and enticing. The aromas that waft from the glass are nothing short of enchanting, with deep, dark berries taking center stage. Notes of tree bark, black tea, and dark chocolate dance in harmony, creating a symphony of scents that captivate the senses.

On the palate, the 2017 Chateau Lafleur Les Pensees de Lafleur showcases a medium to full body that is impeccably balanced and refined. The fine, polished tannins give the wine a sense of structure and focus, enveloping the palate with a velvety texture that is simply irresistible. This wine is approachable even now, but for those who possess the patience, it will undoubtedly reward those who wait until after 2023.

Let us turn to the experts who have had the privilege of experiencing this wine firsthand. James Suckling, a renowned wine critic, awarded this vintage an impressive score of 95 points. He describes the wine as having deep, dark berries with hints of tree bark, black tea, and dark chocolate. Suckling also notes the fine, polished tannins that give the wine its form and focus.

Jeff Leve, from TheWineCellarInsider.com, awarded this wine a score of 92 points and describes it as floral in nature, with prominent notes of maraschino cherries, wet earth, and juicy plums. Leve recommends giving this wine a few years to age, allowing it to expand and soften.

Antonio Galloni, from Vinous, was simply enthralled by the 2017 Chateau Lafleur Les Pensees de Lafleur, awarding it a score of 94 points. Galloni describes the wine as explosive, deep, and beautifully resonant, with tremendous depth, energy, and character.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, one of the most respected publications in the wine industry, awarded this wine a score of 93 points. The tasting note mentions vivacious scents of exotic spices, black raspberries, wild blueberries, and Black Forest cake, framed by firm, finely grained tannins and a lively backbone.

Decanter, another esteemed publication, awarded this wine a score of 92 points. The tasting note describes the wine as a serious take on Les Pensées de Lafleur, with accentuated power and tension. The bouncy tannins are well-defined, and the wine exhibits good persistency and lovely floral edging.

Jeb Dunnuck, a highly regarded wine critic, awarded this wine a score of 94 points. Dunnuck praises the wine's beautiful bouquet of black raspberries, leafy herbs, damp earth, and hints of chocolate. He also notes the impressive concentration, fine yet building tannins, and great finish, declaring it a pure class.

In conclusion, the 2017 Chateau Lafleur Les Pensees de Lafleur is a wine that embodies the artistry and craftsmanship of Chateau Lafleur. With its captivating aromas, impeccable balance, and refined tannins, this Bordeaux Blend is a true representation of the Pomerol region. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for a few more years, this wine is sure to leave a lasting impression and is a worthy addition to any wine enthusiast's collection.