Château Lafleur Gazin Château Lafleur Gazin
Wine & Spirits
June 1, 2018
“This property lies between Gazin and Lafleur-Pétrus on the Pomerol plateau. This is merlot, ripened to fragrant red-cherry brightness, plummy and floral. Firmly structured, the fruit feels youthful under its rich drape of oak, with cool freshness to sustain the wine as it ages.”
March 31, 2018
“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.”
February 3, 2018, 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.”
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 2014-2015 was quite cool and rainy. The spring, mild and dry, allowed for a quick and even flowering. The first part of the summer was marked by a very hot and dry period, followed by a slight drop in temperatures and a few welcome showers. The heat returned at the end of August and in early September, assuring the quality of the vintage.
The weather conditions of the 2015 vintage — heat and drought — led to an early halt to vine growth. After veraison, the juice of the berries concentrated rapidly, the acidity receding with the decline of malic acid during the very hot periods. By the first days of September, the grapes had reached an excellent level of technological maturity.
The summer, marked by high temperatures, announced a sun-soaked vintage similar to 1990 or 2003, but the month of September, cooler and with a little rainfall, allowed for an ideal phenological maturation.
Varietals: 85% Merlot, 15% 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)