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Tasting Notes and Scores
An utterly awesome wine, the only problem with the 2000 Lafleur is that I indicated its maturity window would be 2012-2040+. Based on two tastings of it, I would now argue 2020-2060+. Yes, it is that backward, but it has extraordinary potential. Dense ruby/purple to the rim, this fabulously concentrated wine has a sweet nose of kirsch liqueur intermixed with licorice and subtle floral notes as well as a hint of truffle in the background. It is stacked and packed on the attack, with a multi-dimensional mid-palate of unbelievable intensity of concentration and richness, yet at the same time all this power is allied to striking elegance, purity, and depth. This is great Bordeaux, a profound Lafleur, and in about ten years, much of its magic should begin to be unleashed. If you can find it, it is an extraordinary wine, and as expensive as it was a decade ago, it will look cheap compared to prices for more recent vintages.
The 2000 Lafleur has an incredible nose, very intense, stalking you, building with every swirl to reveal intense blackberry, wild hedgerow, limestone and a touch of wild heather. You could inhale this all day. The palate is full-bodied, brilliantly focused, perfect acidity, caresses the palate and does not dominate the palate, controlling its puissance with unerring style. Extremely focused and pure, but like the 2001 it is barely at first base of its evolution. This is all about the balance and precision, and wine really does not come better than this. Drink 2025-2075+ Tasted September 2008.