2005 La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande-de-Pomerol

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91 points Wine Enthusiast: "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." (06/08) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Round, soft and very velvety, with gorgeous fruit and tannins. Full-bodied, chewy and seductive. This is big and juicy. Best after 2012. " (03/08) 89 points Robert Parker: "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." (04/08) 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)

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/2/2011  | Send Email
I would say this was the unofficial winner of the tasting. This is a great price for this wine and it showed very well. The layered nose is almost floral, with spice, raspberry and plum. It needs some time open (two hours), and then the fruit comes through on the palate with plenty of plum and blackberry that lingers on the long finish. The tannins are more polished than two years ago, but it still finishes astringent. At this price, this is a great case buy that will have plenty of life coming out of the cellar.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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