2014 Lafleur-Gazin, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)
A dense, powerful wine, the 2014 Lafleur-Gazin is terrific. The aromatics alone are beguiling, with distinct Cabernet Franc overtones, even though there is only 5% of Franc in the blend. Mocha, sweet herbs, tobacco, anise and leather build in the glass as the 2014 shows off its creamy, enveloping personality. The 2014 is obviously an infant, but its textural finesse and complex bouquet are incredibly enticing. The tannins will need to soften, but I can't imagine that will be an issue here. In 2014 the blend is 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. (AG)
Structured and firm, this wine has dark, concentrated tannins counterbalanced with plenty of freshest acidity. This composition shows promise for good aging. (RV)
Engaging, with a lively savory note underscoring the raspberry and crushed plum fruit, while mouthwatering sanguine and iron accents line the finish. A hint of incense adds range, and very finely beaded acidity imparts length. (JM)
Plenty of blueberry, cherry and plum character with hints of smoke. It’s full-bodied with firm tannins and a bright and juicy finish. Lovely fruit and acid balance.