2000 Chateau Lafleur

Year: 2000
Appellation: Pomerol
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 96
Wine Advocate: 100
Vinous Media: 93+
Jeff Leve: 99
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"A hand-crafted, exciting wine. Solid as rock. Bright aromas of violets, berries, cherries and lilacs. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and superbly refined, silky tannins. Long finish. This is a remake of the superb 1998. Much better than I found it in barrel. Best after 2013. –JS" (WS)

"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." (WA)

"Bright ruby-red. Huge, superripe, rather sauvage nose combines roasted berries, grilled meat, roasted nuts, tar and tobacco; showing some distinctly uncivilized notes of great Lafleur vintages of the past. A huge wine with impressive fat and volume. Classic superrich Lafleur notes of cherry liqueur, game, truffle and burning tobacco. A bit disjointed on the back today, with big, somewhat harsh tannins. But this outsized wine displays great power and persistence." (VM)

"A stunning nose packed with truffle, smoke, black cherry, chocoalate, forest floor, plum and earth let you know something special was in the house and in your glass. Powerful, full bodied, rich, packed and concentrated with a wealth of tannin and perfectly ripe, plummy, pure, fresh, fruit, this was still tight and holding back its best for future development. Give it at least another 10-15 more years of bottle age and watch the fireworks explode. 99 points - Tasted Mar 14, 2012" (JL)

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