Peter Maude Fine Wines
2020, Les Perrières, BORDEAUX Supérieur Rouge (Ch. Lafleur)
Bordeaux Blend: Cabernet Franc, Merlot.
The 2020 Les Perrières is fabulous. Rich and heady in the glass, it offers up a compelling mix of sumptuous dark fruit and complicating savoury and mineral undertones. Gravel, sage and menthol are buried under a huge core of blackberry and plum fruit. All the elements are so well-balanced in this embryonic Bordeaux Supérieur. Time in the glass brings out the wine's more delicate side. 94 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.
So perfumed, really quite floral with ripe black fruits and mineral touches on the nose. Such purity and power on the palate but weightless too, the flavours and texture float across the palate. It's lean, almost austere if it weren't for the ripe fruit - blackcurrant, black cherry and touch of damson giving the layers. So much energy and persistence with structure, detail and precision. The mineral, chalky tang on the tongue gives the terroir definition while the florality, and ripe fruit flavours show off the beautiful Bouchet. Cool and refreshing - a beautiful and beguiling wine that needs time before it really shines. 94 Georgina Hindle, Decanter.
Unfurling in the glass with aromas of raspberries and cherries mingled with hints of rose petals and spices, the 2020 Les Perrières de Lafleur is medium to full-bodied, deep and velvety, with a concentrated core of fruit that's framed by beautifully refined tannins and animated by lively acids, concluding with a long, intensely mineral finish. As readers will remember, this exciting new project derives from holdings on the limestone plateau of Fronsac planted with massal selections from Lafleur. 94+ William Kelley, Wine Advocate.
Drinking Window: 2027 - 2055