Château Lafleur Gazin Château Lafleur Gazin
April 1, 2017, Roger Voss
“A smooth wine that is ripe with rich berry and dark-plum fruits. With its soft tannins and juicy crisp acidity, the wine is warm, rounded and likely to develop quickly. Drink this already attractive smoky wine from 2020.”
March 31, 2017, James Molesworth
“Earl Grey tea, singed cedar, gently mulled cherry and damson plum flavors mingle here, giving way to a slightly firm edge. There's lots of charm in the middle, with a pretty incense note stretching out the finish. Drink now through 2026. 2,500 cases made.”
Situated on the northern edge of the plateau of Pomerol, nestled between Château Gazin and Château La Fleur-Pétrus, this wine has been produced by Ets. Jean-Pierre Moueix since 1976 for the Borderie family, owners since 1930.
The Merlot vines (averaging 30 years of age), are planted on gravel and clay. The Cabernet Franc is planted on silt soils, which encourage a nuanced and full expression of this varietal’s character. The vineyard management and vinification are carried out traditionally and with great care, producing a plump, supple, fleshy wine with ripe fruit and silky tannins.
In thermo-regulated concrete & stainless-steel vats. Gentle & controlled maceration & extraction.
Eminently approachable, even in its youth, Lafleur-Gazin is a delightful expression of the lighter style of Pomerol wines.
The winter of 2013-2014 saw a series of violent storms, heavy rainfall and exceptional mildness. Although the weather calmed down somewhat by the spring, the mildness remained. The warm, dryer conditions allowed for an even flowering. Summer was again marked by powerful storms and rains but this hot, wet, almost tropical weather positively encouraged the active growth of the vines.
The conditions became much dryer towards the end of August, and the heat remained a constant throughout September and well into October, ensuring that 2014 would be a vintage of great quality.
Varietals: 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
Soil Composition: 2/3 gravel, 1/3 sand
Average Vine Age: 30 years
Aging: 16-18 months in French oak barrels (30-40% new)