Chateau La Fleur St. Emilion 2009
Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Chateau La Fleur is a true mixture of tradition and contemporary change. Traditional picking by hand, with two sorting operations of the fruit. We keep the best traditions and choose the new developments the most adapted to our terroir, to enable it to express itself as best as it can.
Wine Enthusiast - "Concentrated and ripe, with prune and tart aromas that follow through to a full body, with round tannins and a flavorful finish. Excellent effort here.
Barrel Sample: 91-94 Points "
Chateau La Fleur Winery
Known in 1898 under the name "Cru Merissac", then in 1929 as "La Fleur Merissac", the first label with Chateau La Fleur, Saint-Emilion 1st Grand Cru appeared in 1949.
In 2002, Chateau Dassault purchased its closest neighbour, Chateau La Fleur, with the intention of elevating this wine to Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe status. Laurent Dassault decided to invest in this estate located on a clayey promontory on the northern slops of the appellation area, to enable its marvellous terroir to express its true value. View all Chateau La Fleur Wines
About St-EmilionView a map of St-Emilion wineries (saint eh-meel-YOHN)
A region named after the charming, quaint historical town in Bordeaux, St-Émilion is situated on the right bank of Bordeaux. It's grapes of choice are Merlot and Cabernet Franc (called Bouchet on the right bank). The region has its own classification system, updated and revised every few years. Two of the hottest chateaux of the area (and the only Premier Grand Cru Classé A) are Chateau Ausone and Chateau Cheval Blanc.
St.-Émilion produces the most wine on the right bank of Bordeaux. As most of its wine is based primarily on Merlot, St-Emilion wines are described as having finesse and elegance. The best wine of the region can last upward of 10-20 years, like a good left-banker, but many find that the wines here matuer earlier than those based on Cabernet Sauvignon. The soils in the area differ greatly, from gravel to limestone to clay and sand. As a result, the wines of this region are diverse. Quality wines display silky tannins and ripe, soft fruit – the higher quality wine showing full-bodied texture and layers of complexity.
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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