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.
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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 La Fleur de Bouard is a rich, full-bodied, ripe, heady, satisfying effort. Big, chewy and delicious, it showcases super-ripe Merlot picked late from small yields. In a relatively short period of time, Hubert de Bouard has created a reference point for how great Lalande de Pomerol can be. When tasted 10-15 years after the vintage, de Bouards wines consistently prove his conviction that he is sitting on a special terroir, even though this appellation is a humble one compared to his nearby neighbors, Pomerol and St.-Emilion.
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.