POMEROL

2020, Les Perrières, BORDEAUX Supérieur Rouge (Ch. Lafleur)

$120 ex. GST
$138 inc. GST
Estimated full landed price – $152.95

Bordeaux Blend: 50% Merlot, 50% Bouchet (Cabernet Franc)

Les Perrières de Lafleur is grown and produced in Fronsac at Château Grand Village on limestone dominant soil. The vines for Les Perrières are coming from Lafleur’s massal selection and so with the wine having the same blend 50/50 Merlot/Cabernet Franc, the same vinification process and the same team – the only difference is in the terroir.

This is a wine for those who really love going deep-diving into limestone. It performs the acrobatic, trapeze artist feat of tiptoeing high above the palate with gunsmoke, cool blueberry and redcurrant fruits and flowers curling upwards. Austere and fierce, stretching forward, then softening as it opens, although it takes its time to do so. There is really a feeling that they are doing something different here, thinking deeply about what it means to link wine's sense of a place to its expression in a glass. Brilliant. 94 Jane Anson, Decanter.

The 2020 Les Perrières from limestone soils is the first vintage with massal-selection Merlot (from Lafleur). It has an exceptionally pure bouquet of intense black berry and blueberry fruit, crushed stone and touches of Japanese nori. The medium-bodied palate is structured, tensile and very saline, with taut tannins and that limestone-driven pixelation clearly apparent on the finish. Vibrant, almost steely, this will require 2–3 years in bottle. 92-94 Neal Martin, Vinous.

Deep, bright colour. Floral aromatics. Ripe and rich but more linear in form, a cool perception from the limestone-clay soils pervading. Juicy fruit, the tannins fresh and even saline. Finish long and dry. 17/20 James Lawther (for Jancis Robinson)

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