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Chateau Lafleur-Gazin (Futures Pre-Sale) 2018

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JS 95
James Suckling
Another tight and solidly structured Pomerol with dark-berry, chocolate and hazelnut character. Full-bodied yet reserved and polished. Serious is all I can say.
Barrel Sample: 94-95
WS 94
Wine Spectator
The dark plum and cherry preserve flavors are fleshy in feel, with singed cedar and tobacco notes filling in through the finish. A touch woodsy in the end, but there's enough fruit to soak that up.
Barrel Sample: 91-94
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
This is a structured wine full of big tannins, bright acidity and dark berry flavors. It is concentrated, packed with tannins and likely to age well.
Barrel Sample:91-93
D 93
Decanter

I like this wine enormously and thoroughly recommend it. It’s structured and powerful on the attack, but if you take your time to let the wine relax in the glass, a lovely sweetness to the dark cherry and blackberry fruits becomes apparent, alongside a wonderful smoky quality that comes through from the soils – a mix of gravel, clay and silt. It shows once again that Merlot in the hands of the Moueix family turns into something entirely out of the ordinary. Drinking Window 2026 - 2038. Barrel Sample: 93

RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Lafleur-Gazin (100% Merlot) delivers compelling scents of violets and lavender interspersed with warm plums, baked cherries and blueberry compote with suggestions of tar, sandalwood and tobacco. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is reserved with lovely savory layers and a firm, grainy frame, finishing with great freshness.
Barrel Sample: 91-93
JD 92
Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Château Lafleur-Gazin is all Merlot and comes from a tiny parcel of gravelly, clay, and silty soils in Pomerol. Sweet red and black cherries, incense, and spicy oak as well as earth all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, polished, ripe, beautifully balanced red. With silky yet present tannins, good purity and freshness, and a great finish, it's another terrific 2018 to drink over the coming 10-15 years.
Barrel Sample: 90-92
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Chateau Lafleur-Gazin

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Chateau Lafleur-Gazin, France
Farmed by Ets Jean-Pierre Moueix since 1976, on the northern slope of the plateau of Pomerol, between Chateau Lafleur and Chateau Gazin, as indicated by its name.
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Pomerol Wine

Bordeaux, France

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A source of exceptionally sensual and glamorous red wines, Pomerol is actually a rather small appellation in an unassuming countryside. It sits on a plateau immediately northeast of the city of Libourne on the right bank of the Dordogne River. Pomerol and St-Émilion are the stars of what is referred to as Right Bank Bordeaux: Merlot-dominant red blends completed by various amounts of Cabernet Franc or Cabernet Sauvignon. While Pomerol has no official classification system, its best wines are some of the world’s most sought after.

Historically Pomerol attached itself to the larger and more picturesque neighboring region of St-Émilion until the late 1800s when discerning French consumers began to recognize the quality and distinction of Pomerol on its own. Its popularity spread to northern Europe in the early 1900s.

After some notable vintages of the 1940s, the Pomerol producer, Petrus, began to achieve great international attention and brought widespread recognition to the appellation. Its subsequent distribution by the successful Libourne merchant, Jean-Pierre Mouiex, magnified Pomerol's fame after the Second World War.

Perfect for Merlot, the soils of Pomerol—clay on top of well-drained subsoil—help to create wines capable of displaying an unprecedented concentration of color and flavor.

The best Pomerol wines will be intensely hued, with qualities of fresh wild berries, dried fig or concentrated black plum preserves. Aromas may be of forest floor, sifted cocoa powder, anise, exotic spice or toasted sugar and will have a silky, smooth but intense texture.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.

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