2010 La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande-de-Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1066998 91-92 points James Suckling

 Lovely fruit and berry character, with hints of citrus fruit and a clean and bright finish.  (4/ 2011)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 La Fleur du Bouard (80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) is bottled unfined and unfiltered and hit 14.5% natural alcohol. The wine offers up notes of black raspberry and blueberry pie intermixed with incense, lead pencil shavings and plenty of underlying floral notes. Some background oak is also present. The wine is medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure, voluptuously textured, rich, long and hedonistic and satisfying. Drink it over the next 10+ years. The other cuvee, a limited production wine, can be absolutely magnificent with some bottle age, as the 2000 is certainly proving to be. The standard of excellence for Lalande de Pomerol is Hubert de Bouard’s 50-acre property, over half of it located on the highly prized Neac plateau, which consists of clay, sand and gravel sub-soils.  (2/ 2013)

89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (100% merlot) Fully saturated ruby-red. Aromas of blackcurrant, licorice, balsamic coffee and cocoa. Juicy, powerful and penetrating, with bright dark berry, cocoa and mineral flavors. This seemed excessively tannic at first, but with a few minutes in the glass it showed a much plusher texture and building sweetness. The long finish throws off notes of smoky torrefaction.  (6/ 2011)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Offers a density and lushness that belies the appellation, with a full, polished structure and deep plum, blackberry paste and steeped black cherry fruit flavors. The long, anise-filled finish is seamless and fully integrated. This has some amped-up weight for now, but the purity is clearly there. Best from 2014 through 2020.  (3/ 2013)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/1/2011  | Send Email
Smoky, toasty aromas and boysenberry flavors. Great palate entry, but a bit tough on the back end.*V

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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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