Chateau Lafleur-Gazin (Futures Pre-sale) 2011
Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
Wine Spectator - "Still quite primal, with fleshy plum skin, warm raspberry confiture and dark roasted woodspice notes still wrestling a bit with each other. A bit thick on the finish as this seems to have aimed for extraction; it will need to develop some finesse during the élevage for balance.
Barrel Sample: 89-92 Points"
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby-red. Perfumed violet and strawberry aromas are complicated by chocolate and herbs. The bright red berry and cherry flavors show lovely depth and purity, with chocolate and vanilla notes adding another dimension. Very good balance and a fresh, long, smooth finish make this vintage of Lafleur-Gazin one of the best in recent memory.
Barrel Sample: Range: 88-91 Points"
Wine Enthusiast - "There is some warmth here, with the tannins providing a firm base for the crisp fruit. This wine shows some richness as well as intense acidity.
Barrel Sample: 88-90 Points"
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Chateau Lafleur-Gazin Winery
Farmed by Ets Jean-Pierre Moueix since 1976, on the northern slope of the plateau of Pomerol, between Chateau Lafleur and Château Gazin, as indicated by its name. View all Chateau Lafleur-Gazin Wines
It's a tiny region, and it has no classification system. But the wines produced from Pomerol can be sensuous and life-changing. Here lies Chateau Pétrus, one of the most expensive and sought-after wines of the world – many vintages commanding prices higher than the first-growth chateaux of the Médoc. The area is all vines, with no real town center, just roads connecting the lands and small, farmhouse style chateaux.
Soils in the area are primarily gravel based, intermittent with a clay subsoil, which is a factor in the rich flavors of the wines. Like its right bank neighbors, Pomerol sticks mainly to Merlot, with at least 2/3 of the land under vine growing the variety. Cabernet Franc makes up most of the remainder, with some Cabernet Sauvignon and a spot or two of Malbec. Vines are old and yields are extremely low – add those factors to the soil, and it's a recipe for an elegant, distinctive wine, with typical descriptors of intense aromas, ripe fruits and supple tannins. Quality can be vintage-dependent - in a good vintage, expect melt-in-your-mouth wine.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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