2011 Lafleur-Gazin, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1090958 88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Perfumed violet and strawberry aromas are complicated by chocolate and herbs. The bright red berry and cherry flavors show lovely depth and purity, with chocolate and vanilla notes adding another dimension. Very good balance and a fresh, long, smooth finish make this vintage of Lafleur-Gazin one of the best in recent memory.  (5/2012)

88-90 points Wine Enthusiast

 There is some warmth here, with the tannins providing a firm base for the crisp fruit. This wine shows some richness as well as intense acidity.  (4/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Vineyard encépagement: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Deep crimson. Bright cherry fruit. Delicate but lovely fragrance. Dry, fine texture, attractively dry tannins. Finesse and harmony without any unnecessary show but more evident fruit on the finish. 17/20 points. Drink 2017-2027.  (4/2012)

James Suckling

 A silky, refined wine with dried-orange-peel, chocolate and raspberry character. Medium to full body with fine tannins and savory, almost mineral aftertaste. Lacks a little in the mid-palate. Better in 2015.  (2/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Features a lightly chalky hint, bringing together the pretty bitter cherry, damson plum and red currant notes, followed by hints of bergamot and incense through the finish. A perfumy style. Best from 2015 through 2020. (Web Only--2014)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2014 | Send Email
½*V Nice aromas of red currant and cassis. Forward and sweet.

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2014 | Send Email
Very fresh crushed fruit aromas, sweet core of fruit, spicy, toasty cola flavors. Long, balanced and very nice.

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