Ch. Lafleur (0.75 L)
NM: Tasted from an ex-Chateau bottle at the Lafleur vertical dinner at Attersee in Austria. I have not tasted this behemoth for two or three years, but even against the mighty twins of 2005 and 2009, I believe that this is the one that they have to match up to. The nose rivets your feet to the spot. It is almost Left Bank in terms of grandeur, as if Latour and momentarily been transferred to Pomerol. It displays astounding delineation and intensity with primal black fruits, crushed stone, Alpine streams and graphite. The palate is full-bodied and remains very backward. It has a precision of a Swiss timepiece with a fabulous sense of minerality, almost shimmering with tension. There is an ineffable sense of harmony here. Truly, this is a masterpiece. Tasted June 2012.
WA / RP: 100