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2007 Château Lafleur

Importer label on front

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from a distributor

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RATINGS

92Wine Spectator

Perfumed, fruity and aromatic, with licorice and berry on the nose. Full-bodied, with a solid core of ripe fruit and a spicy, almost raisiny character on the palate. Long and very soft and silky, with a lovely core.

90Robert M. Parker Jr.

Delicious aromas and flavors of kirsch and licorice emerge... It is a medium-bodied, round, luscious cuvee revealing more density than most of its peers.

90-93Stephen Tanzer

Complex nose melds black plum, musky chocolate, licorice, menthol and fresh herbs. Sweet, dense, ripe and silky, with lovely life and palate coverage. Pure and harmonious from the outset, with a firm architecture for the year.

17.5Jancis Robinson

Very fresh and brisk. Very crunchy – exploded in the mouth. Very clean and energetic.

REGION

France, Bordeaux, Pomerol

Pomerol is the smallest of Bordeaux’s red wine producing regions, with only about 2,000 acres of vineyards. Located on the east side of the Dordogne River, it is one of the so-called “right bank” appellations and therefore planted primarily to Merlot. Pomerol is unique in Bordeaux in that it is the only district never to have been rated in a classification system. Some historians think Pomerol’s location on the right bank made it unattractive to Bordeaux-based wine traders, who had plenty of wine from Medoc and Graves to export to England and northern Europe. Since ranking estates was essentially a marketing ploy to help brokers sell wine, ranking an area where they did little business held no interest for them. Pomerol didn’t get much attention from the international wine community until the 1960s, when Jean-Pierre Moueix, an entrepreneurial wine merchant, started buying some of Pomerol’s best estates and exporting the wines. Today the influential Moueix family owns Pomerol’s most famous estate, Château Pétrus, along with numerous other Pomerol estates. Pomerol wines, primarily Merlot blended with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, are considered softer and less tannic than left bank Bordeaux.