2006 La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande-de-Pomerol

SKU #1044943 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 At present, this estate is the reference point for high quality wines from Lalande de Pomerol. The basic cuvee from proprietor Hubert de Bouard and his wife Corinne, the 2006 La Fleur de Bouard is composed of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Sensationally rich, with abundant quantities of blue and black fruits, spring flowers, graphite, licorice, and hints of espresso roast as well as toasty oak, it is supple enough to be drunk now, or cellared for a decade.  (2/2009)

89-91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel sample. Owned by Hubert de Bouärd of Château Angélus, this is an example of what can be done in the lesser appellations if money is no object. It is smooth, ripe, with new wood but not too much, powered by top quality, densely dry tannins.  (12/2009)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Very pretty blackberry, dark chocolate and blueberry aromas follow through to a full body, with wonderfully integrated tannins and a long, refined finish. Fine and polished. Best from 2011 through 2015.  (3/2009)

K&L Notes

90% Merlot At UGC, Chocolate and oak dominate this wine at this stage. Should improve quickly-could be a value. *+


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By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/30/2009 | Send Email
This is always a popular wine and this tasting was no different with lots of ripe fruit and toasty oak on the nose, this is a great California convert wine. On the palate more ripe fruit plus chocolate, spice and toasty oak with polished tannins and a long lingering finish. Plus with the pedigree of Hubert de Bouard (Chateau Angelus) it is a great price at $34.99

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2009 | Send Email
Run by Hubert Boüard of Château Angelus, this property is a benchmark for quality in this exciting region of Bordeaux. This starts with deep, oaky scents of dark cocoa and toast. The palate is rich, sweet and very creamy with coffee, dark fruit, new oak and a touch of vanilla spice. This well-made, hedonistic wine is hard to resist now, so why wait?

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux