Ch. Lafleur (0.75 L)
NM: Tasted from an ex-Chateau bottle at the Lafleur vertical dinner at Attersee in Austria. The 1999 is an overlooked vintage for Lafleur and is a strong challenger for the wine of the vintage. The Cabernet Franc component is still expressive on the nose with brambly red fruit, scorched earth, sandalwood and hints of dark chocolate. It is very well defined and potent in the context of the vintage. The palate is extremely well balanced with a supple entry and an insistent grip. There retains elements of clove and chestnut, but the finish is still quite precocious, if missing the complexity of a truly great Lafleur. Nevertheless, this is a superb wine and a great success for í Jacky Gí€. Tasted June 2012.
WA / RP: 93