2010 La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande-de-Pomerol

SKU #1136238 93 points James Suckling

 Pretty earthy. Dark berries and flowers on the nose follow through to a full body, with fine tannins and a bright and fresh finish. Lots of citrus fruit on the finish with dark fruits. Try in 2017.  (2/2013)

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. (RP)  (2/2013)

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. (JM)  (3/2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, dark red. Musky black raspberry and bitter chocolate on the primary, slightly reduced nose. A supple, moderately ripe midweight, with berry, mineral and herbal flavors showing good but not outstanding depth. Finishes with a lightly green quality and good persistence. (ST)  (8/2013)

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