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Tasting Notes and Scores
Robert Parker''s Wine Advocate 30/06/2004
Performing slightly less impressively from bottle than it did from cask, this wine’s Cabernet Franc element has come forward, revealing a distinctive herbal, bell pepper, vegetal character that kept my score from going higher. Nevertheless, there is plenty to like about this 2001 Pomerol. It possesses a saturated ruby/purple color, powerful aromas (kirsch liqueur, raspberries, and blackberries), an earthy, muscular, chunky character, and the most tannic personality of any Pomerol I tasted. While not the huge blockbuster Lafleur can often produce, it is well-built. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.
There is plenty to like about this 2001 Pomerol. It possesses a saturated ruby/purple colour, powerful aromas (kirsch, raspberries, and blackberries), and earthy, muscular, chunky character, and the most tannic personality of any Pomerol I tasted. While not the huge blockbuster Lafleur can often produce, it is well built. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019. (92+)
The 2001 Lafleur has long been one of my favourite vintages and it clearly excels in this year. It has a wonderful bouquet with blackberry, raspberry, black truffle, forest floor and autumn leaf aromas, but it is the energy and tension that really elevate the 2001 above its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, beautifully balanced with a gentle grip in the mouth. There is a vein of spiciness that runs throughout, a subtle marine influence that lends complexity to the fresh finish that is full of tension and energy. This is only just beginning to show what it can do. Tasted at the Christies’ Lafleur masterclass in London.
This wine starts out very tight, with fresh herb and tobacco character, but then it opens to ripe plum, berry and chocolate character. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Impressive. Lafleur is always outstanding. Best after 2009. 1,000 cases made. — JS