2015 Lafleur-Gazin, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1253133 95 points James Suckling

 Deep-set, dark stony aromas with hints of graphite, before dark cherries and plums frame a measured approach to oak. It rolls out very smooth tannins on the palate amid fresh blackberry and dark-plum fruits. Some warming oak spices to close. Finishes really fresh. This is impressive. Best from 2021.  (2/2018)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. Firm with spicy, generous tannins, this is a wine that is showing both ripe black fruits and wood aging flavors. The wood will temper as the ripe, full black fruits develop. It has good aging potential. (RV)  (4/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Produced mainly from Merlot with just 2% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Lafleur-Gazin has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and is scented of warm black cherries, black raspberries, forest floor and red roses with touches of bay leaves and new leather. The medium to full-bodied palate has a firm foundation of chewy tannins and just enough freshness curtailing the intense black and red fruit flavors, finishing with a lovely herbal lift. (LPB)  (2/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe, with a silky and refined structure that lets alluring plum, cassis and bitter cherry fruit flavors glide through, inlaid with singed apple wood details and a light tobacco thread. The fruit is persistent, showing a flash of savory at the very end. Best from 2020 through 2030. (JM)  (3/2018)


 The 2015 Lafleur-Gazin remains quite powerful and intense, but now shows much better balance, especially in its tannins, than it did from barrel. Super-ripe red cherry, tobacco, dried flowers, herbs and spices add layers of complexity. I expect the 2015 will offer its best drinking sooner rather than later, as the flavors are already a touch advanced and roasted in profile. (AG)  (2/2018)

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/28/2016 | Send Email
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Loaded with dark blackberry notes this wine is rich and full-bodied with tobacco and earth notes. A classic old-world Pomerol in the making.
Top Value! Drink from 2019 to 2039

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/28/2016 | Send Email
This was one of the better deals I tasted from Pomerol. The Lafleur-Gazin coated my palate with plush purple fruits, but finished dry and fine on the back end. It’s the kind of wine that gives Merlot a good name; a wine that’s almost too delicious to wait on. I’ll be interested to see how it develops though. These Pomerol wines have tiny production levels (compare the 21 acres of Lafleur-Gazin to the roughly 160 of Latour). I find it's best to grab these first during the pre-arrival campaign as they're the most likely to sell through.

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- 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.


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