1982 Lafleur, Pomerol

SKU #951308 100 points James Suckling

 A wine with perfect balance and a harmony of fruit with a plum and shaved chocolate character. Full body with a dense and beautiful palate and ultra-fine tannins. Intense and racy with gorgeous fruit. Goes on for minutes.  (6/2012)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1982 Lafleur, at least for my palate, while qualitatively no better than Mouton Rothschild, Latour, and La Mission Haut Brion, is off the charts in terms of the hedonistic and intellectual pleasure it gives me. I have only a few bottles remaining in my cellar, and this 1982 is still a young wine. The extraordinary intensity and purity of the kirsch liqueur and licorice, the remarkable opulence, the thickness and richness, yet the ability to seem fresh with laser-like precision are all things that must be tasted to be believed. This wine is showing a little bricking at the edge, but has off the chart concentration as well as a viscous texture and unreal purity and fruit. It is as close to some of the legendary 1947s that were produced in Pomerol as anything made in the last thirty years. This is a remarkable wine! Anticipated maturity: now-2030. (RP)  (6/2009)

99 points Wine Spectator

 This is a massive, Port-like wine with stunning potential. I have always underrated its greatness. They just don't make great Bordeaux like this anymore, or very seldom. Plenty of sweet berry, tobacco and olive aromas. Big and chewy, with masses of fruit and velvety tannins. Sweet fruit finish. (JS)  (11/1998)

98 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated dark red. Knockout nose of cherries macerated in alcohol, minerals and truffle; hints at a confectionary sweetness. A wine of extraordinary concentration and power; has the thick extract to buffer its alcohol. Finishes with great grip and near-freakish length... This vintage was my preference, as well as the first choice of both groups of tasters, despite the high quality of the other vintages poured. (ST)  (8/2002)

Jancis Robinson

 This bottle from the collection of a Singapore friend (that for various reasons I suspect was once owned by us) was opened and served immediately and seemed a tad subdued for the first half hour but then came gloriously into its own in the glass, all richness and fruit as well as the initial ashes and minerals. It seemed in no hurry to stop evolving. Very glorious indeed. Velvety texture but with the purity of Cabernet Franc in its complex perfume. Rich blackish ruby. Sweet with a slight 'charriness' on the nose. Dry finish. Dry not luscious initially with a mulberry scent. Then it took on richness in the glass and got much fatter. 19/20 Score.  (2/2014)

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