2012 La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande-de-Pomerol

SKU #1204830 92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 I’ve always loved this cuvée and it’s a terrific value year in, year out. The 2012 Fleur de Boüard is more than noteworthy, it’s a terrific wine to buy a case of for drinking over the coming 15+ years. A blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and the balance Cabernet Sauvignon, it boasts a sexy, voluptuous, medium to full-bodied style as well as loads of black currant and black raspberry fruits, toasted spices, and lead pencil shaving-like nuances. With remarkable purity of fruit, moderate acidity, and sweet tannin, it’s already drinking beautifully (as are most 2012s) and is a hidden gem.  (2/2018)

91 points James Suckling

 A very polished red with plum, wet earth, blackberry and spice character. Full body, soft, chewy tannins and a juicy finish. Drink in 2017.  (2/2015)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Fleur de Boüard (in bottle) offers up copious quantities of dark raspberry, blueberries and spring flowers. It has soft velvety tannins, medium to full body, and a very sexy, lush mouthfeel. This is a gorgeous opaque, ruby/purple Lalande de Pomerol that no one will be able to resist. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)  (4/2015)

88-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Glass-staining inky purple. Strong, sexy oak notes complement cassis, cocoa and coffee on the nose. Sweet, pliant and smooth, boasting good depth to the blackcurrant, tobacco and coffee flavors. The broad finish shows fine, building tannins and mellow lingering notes of oak-derived coffee and cocoa. Offers above-average concentration and depth for the vintage. (ID)  (6/2013)

90 points Vinous

 The 2012 Fleur de Boüard, from Hubert de Boüard property in Lalande de Pomerol, is an attractive, open-knit wine that will please readers with its inviting personality. Sweet dark cherries, smoke, licorice, game and savory herb nuances add complexity, but it is the wine giving nature that makes it impossible to resist. (AG)  (1/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Inky with black core. Rich, dense, juicy in the middle even with all the chocolate and char from the oak. But the oak really does overpower the fruit at the moment. Needs a lot more time than most in this vintage.  (4/2013)

Wine Spectator

 Shows an herbal edge from the start, with roasted savory and rosemary notes and mulled plum and blackberry fruit. A briary edge emerges on the finish. (JM, Web Only-2013)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/22/2017 | Send Email
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This wine is "flat out delicious" in the words of Ralph Sands. There is so much black fruit and toasty oak and soft tannins that it drinks well right now. But it will age well for 10 more years. Hubert and Coralie Bouard have worked their magic with the 2012. I prefer it to the plus.
Drink from 2017 to 2027

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2016 | Send Email
A very balanced wine. It has a lush fruit profile full of dark berries, plums, and attractive floral aromatics, along with a gentle herbal note that I found extremely enticing. Its velvety tannins adds even more appeal to this lush but definitely not over the top Lalande-de-Pomerol.

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pomerol