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Date Printed: 8/20/2014
Chateau Lafleur  1999
Chateau Lafleur 1999
(search item no. 93360)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/20/2014: $299.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 James Suckling rating: 100 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 98 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
1989 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1988 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1982 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
1979 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1975 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
1950 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
1947 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
1945 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The chateaux of Pomerol were never officially classified but Chateau Lafleur is one of the top quality properties in Pomerol. It is perhaps the only chateau in Pomerol that can rival Chateau Petrus.

Lafleur has 4 hectares (about 10 acres) of vineyards composed of fine gravel with a layer of clay. The vineyards are planted with 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc with an average age of the vines at nearly 40 years. The planting density is 5,900 vines per hectare. Even though AOC regulations allow a yield of 40 hectoliters per hectare, the actual yield at Chateau Lafleur is closer to 1/2 that amount.

"This wine is a brilliant success, it is one of the stars of the vintage. Lafleur's 1999 is atypically powerful and concentrated, with an inky, saturated purple color followed by a sensational nose of black cherry jam intermixed with liquid minerals, raspberries, and licorice. It is super concentrated, extraordinarily pure, with moderately high tannin. This dense, powerful, impressively endowed wine should turn out to be a classic for Lafleur. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025."
-Wine Advocate

"Red-ruby. Exotic, liqueur-like aromas of cherry, raspberry and five-spice powder. Offers terrific size and volume on entry, then a major wave of lush, fat fruit. Impressively ripe and mouthfilling for the vintage. Finishes very long and ripe, with big, palate-dusting tannins. One of the richest wines of the vintage."
-International Wine Cellar 91-93

My Notes:

About Chateau Lafleur:

The chateaux of Pomerol were never officially classified but Chateau Lafleur is one of the top quality properties in Pomerol. It is perhaps the only chateau in Pomerol that can rival Chateau Petrus.