Château Lafleur Gazin Château Lafleur Gazin
March 31, 2021, James Molesworth
“This red has a nice feel, thanks to plum and fig paste flavors which roll through slowly, infused with fruitcake, singed wood spice and black tea notes. A subtle savory edge focuses the finish nicely.”
March 2021, Neal Martin
“The 2018 Lafleur-Gazin impressed me from barrel, so the question is, has that carried over now that the wine is bottled? Well, it still retains the pretty, floral bouquet of black fruit tinctured with leather and brown spice, more open than JP Moueix’s other cuvées. The well-defined palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, moderate depth, and that black truffle note now more accentuated. It comes across not unlike La Grave, but there is greater amplitude and persistence on the finish. Do check this out – it might surprise you.”
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 vineyard (averaging 30 years of age), is planted on soils varying from gravel to clay to silt, allowing for a very elegant expression of Merlot. 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 thermoregulated concrete and stainless steel vats. Gentle and controlled maceration and extraction.
Eminently approachable, even in its youth, Lafleur-Gazin is a delightful expression of the lighter style of Pomerol wines.
Winter and spring were very rainy. A late budbreak, noted on April 9th , allowed us to avoid a spring frost. The flowering, from May 23rd to 30th, went well and the potential quality was significant. The rainy spring caused a severe attack of mildew, which was thwarted thanks to the considerable efforts of our vineyard workers. Throughout the summer, a team of 60 crop-thinned, adapting the desired yield to the parcel and the age of the vines. Near-perfect balance was the reward for 16,800 hours of meticulous work. Véraison took place from July 26th to August 12th. The main characteristic of this vintage was the 1,136 hours of sunshine between June and September, a notable record of the past fifty years. Harvest, graced with sunny skies and warm temperatures, took place from September 17th to 28th.
Varietals: 100% Merlot
Acres: 21 acres acres
Soil Composition: Gravel, clay and silt
Average Vine Age: 30 years
Aging: 16-18 months in French oak barrels (30-40% new)