Join us for this deep vertical tasting dinner of Château Lafleur. This 4.5ha “garden” estate sits in one block on very special terroirs on the Pomerol plateau – sandy-clay gravels, clay gravels, and gravelly sands, planted to an almost even split of low-yielding Merlot – the more common expression of Pomerol – and ‘Bouchet’, the estate’s ancient massale-propagated Cabernet Franc. The result is a truly unique wine, with enthralling fragrance, and a combination of power, natural density, and finesse, delivered with real harmony. It’s a wine that rewards patience, both in the cellar, and also over an evening dipping into and out of the glass(es) as the wine evolves in the glass.
This evening’s dinner sets up both opportunities, as we sample 12 vintages, spanning the current family rein of Jacques and Sylvie Guinaudeau (since 1985), who were joined in 2000 by their son Baptiste and his wife Julie. But we also have the chance to dip back to a vintage made by Jean-Claude Berrouet of Château Pétrus fame – the 1983 – as well as two from the era of the sisters who had previously owned it, Thérèse and Marie Robin – the 1981 and 1976. This is the kind of vintage line up that is becoming increasingly difficult to reproduce. But with this vintage depth we have our chance to understand better the personality of this great estate over several eras.
This is a small-scale event, so please don’t hesitate to secure your seats.
Vintages to be served:
1976, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2012