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Chateau La Fleur 2005

Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • RP90
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Winemaker Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

WS 91
Wine Spectator

Dark ruby in color, almost purple. Shows intense blackberry, with mineral, fresh tobacco and cigar box aromas. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, pretty finish. Best after 2012.

RP 90
The Wine Advocate

A St.-Emilion fruit-bomb, the soft, luscious, seductive 2005 La Fleur is filled with copious quantities of black cherries and blackberries as well as a notion of underbrush. Soft, smooth, and hedonistic, this sensual, pleasure-filled wine can be enjoyed over the next decade.

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Chateau La Fleur

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Chateau La Fleur, , France - Bordeaux
Chateau La Fleur
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.

California

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Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredibly wide-ranging selection of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from boutique to massive corporations, and price and quality are equally varied—plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Coast area, while Napa is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.

Just about every style of wine you can imagine is made in California, from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still to sparkling, light and fresh to rich and full-bodied. Each AVA and sub-AVA has its own distinct personality. In the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other Bordeaux varieties dominate, as well as Sauvignon Blanc. Sonoma County is best known for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel. The Central Coast has carved out a niche with Rhône blends based on Grenache and Syrah, while Mendocino has found success with Alsatian varieties such as Riesling and Gewürztraminer. With all the diversity that California has to offer, it is certain that any wine lover will find something to get excited about.

Other Red Blends

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

WWH108658_2005 Item# 95307

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