Tasting Notes and Scores
Exhibiting a dark purple color with an opaque middle, Lafleur's 1993 is structured, tannic, and almost charmless because of its huge power and structure. The wine offers up hints of gorgeously sweet, black-raspberry, kirsch, and truffle aromas (similar to those possessed by L'Evangile), but after that, one has to be content with its unbridled power, medium to full-bodied, layered richness, and ferocious tannin. This is a backward, dense, yet purely made wine. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020.
This has always been one of my favourite wines of the vintage. Here it has a consistent nose of mineral-laden black fruit, cedar and tobacco that verges of the Left Bank in style. The palate is very well balanced with crisp, rigid tannins and a pastille-like purity towards the finish that just seems to have mellowed a little. This is a Lafleur that does not make any compromises - it is what it is, come what may. As such, it is one of the most typical Lafleur wines of the 1990s, one that is drinking beautifully now. Tasted December 2013.
Wonderful--dark and brooding--with plenty of currant and mint character. Super balance, with ripe tannins and a sense of elegance. Excellent quality for this vintage.--Château Lafleur vertical. PM