2005 Ch. La Fleur de Bouard, Lalande de Pomerol

2005 Ch. La Fleur de Bouard, Lalande de Pomerol

Red, Ready, but will keep   Red | Ready, but will keep | Chateau La Fleur de Bouard | Code: 1123 | 2005 | France > Bordeaux > Lalande-de-Pomerol | Cab.Sauvignon Blend | Medium Bodied, Dry | 14.0 % alcohol

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WA - A gorgeously dense ruby/purple-colored wine, the 2005 La Fleur de Boüard is a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged nearly 20 months in new oak. A big wine (14% alcohol), it is rich, concentrated, full-bodied and performs far above its official pedigree. It can be drunk over the next 10+ years.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - Wine Advocate - eRobertParker.com #219 Jun 2015

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Chateau La Fleur de Bouard

Producer

Chateau La Fleur de Bouard

Grape

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

Region

Lalande-de-Pomerol

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