2011 La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande-de-Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)
Very polished with blueberry and blackberry character on the palate. Soft and velvety tannins. Juicy finish. Bright acidity.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The luxury cuvee, the 2011 La Plus de la Fleur de Bouard (100% Merlot from a 5-acre parcel of 40-year-old vines), exhibits over-the-top concentration (yields were an amazingly low 20 hectoliters per hectare). An opaque blue/purple color is followed by aromas of blueberry jam, melted chocolate, spring flowers, graphite and subtle oak. Both elegant and powerful, this is a rich, textured, full-throttle claret to drink over the next 10-15+ years.
A wine that has the (richness) of a Pomerol, it's very ripe and concentrated, with the addition of chocolaty and smoky flavors. The fruit is ripe, edging towards extracted.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Inky purple. Deep aromas of cassis, cocoa, violet and vanilla. Smooth, rich and dense; with lovely precision to the floral and cocoa flavors. Finishes smooth, with a persistent blackberry note and captivating juiciness. Finishes with copious, mounting tannins but remains smooth and balanced on the long, creamy finish. Excellent.
Lighter-bodied, with slightly loose plum and blackberry fruit and a hint of scorched wood on the finish. Knits together with some time in the glass.
V? 80% Merlot 15% Cab Franc, 5% Cab Sauv. Shows good blackberry aromas and flavors. Could be a value. Trey: Comes around with some airing.