2005 La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande-de-Pomerol
With its high proportion of Merlot, this is a slinky, rich wine, smooth and ripe. Yes, there are tannins, but the jammy fruit softens the dark corners. It should age, but is not for the long-term.
Good amounts of spice, think cinnamon, and dark berries on the nose. Full to medium-bodied, with fine tannins and flavors of cedar and chocolate. No need to wait here. Enjoy this.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red. Sexy, expressive aromas of black cherry and sweet oak. Big, broad, chewy and rich, with solid acidity giving life and shape to the black raspberry and licorice flavors. The tannins are sweet, but the wine finishes with solid structure. Very impressive Lalande de Pomerol wine.
Round, soft and very velvety, with gorgeous fruit and tannins. Full-bodied, chewy and seductive. This is big and juicy. Best after 2012.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 La Fleur de Bouard (85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc) exhibits a dense ruby/purple hue, relatively high tannins, medium to full body, and beautiful richness as well as density. The ultimate reference point for what can be achieved in Lalande de Pomerol, this property, owned by Hubert de Bouard, continues to turn out fabulous wines.
K&L's barrel tasting notes - Bittersweet chocolate and tobacco on the nose. Oak in the middle. Deep with blueberry finish. *1/2 (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux buyer)