2012 Chateau Bouard La Fleur de Bouard

Year: 2012
Appellation: Lalande-de-Pomerol
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 86-89
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 90
James Suckling: 91
Jeff Leve: 89-91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :

80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

"Shows an herbal edge from the start, with roasted savory and rosemary notes and mulled plum and blackberry fruit. A briary edge emerges on the finish. Score range: 86-89 –JM" (WS)

"The 2012 Fleur de Boüard (in bottle) offers up copious quantities of dark raspberry, blueberries and spring flowers. It has soft velvety tannins, medium to full body, and a very sexy, lush mouthfeel. This is a gorgeous opaque, ruby/purple Lalande de Pomerol that no one will be able to resist. Drink it over the next decade.

The superstar estate of Lalande de Pomerol, La Fleur de Boüard, which has a great terroir and impeccable winemaking from Hubert de Boüard (the proprietor of Angélus in nearby St.-Emilion as well as consultant to many other estates) has hit pay dirt with these two cuvées of Lalande de Pomerol." (WA)

"The 2012 Fleur de Boüard, from Hubert de Boüard property in Lalande de Pomerol, is an attractive, open-knit wine that will please readers with its inviting personality. Sweet dark cherries, smoke, licorice, game and savory herb nuances add complexity, but it is the wine giving nature that makes it impossible to resist." (VM)

"A very polished red with plum, wet earth, blackberry and spice character. Full body, soft, chewy tannins and a juicy finish. Drink in 2017." (JS)

"Smoky black cherries, milk chocolate and earthy notes open to a medium-bodied, soft, black raspberry-filled wine. This is a very nice wine for the vintage. I wish the finish was a bit longer. 89-91 Pts" (JL)

Winery Notes:
Château La Fleur de Boüard represents the brilliant harvest that resulted from the seed planted by the de Boüard family in this vineyard in 1998. Benefitting from the inventive know-how of Hubert, Coralie and Matthieu de Boüard, supported by their technical director Philippe Nunes, Château La Fleur de Boüard has flourished and become the flagship of the Lalande-de-Pomerol appellation.

Blended with 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the fruit from each individual plot is vinified separately using gravity alone in small truncated cone-shaped tanks. The wine is then aged in oak for 18 to 24 months in barrels, of which 75% are new.