2010 Ch. Lafleur-Gazin, Pomerol

2010 Ch. Lafleur-Gazin, Pomerol

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2010 Ch. Lafleur-Gazin, Pomerol

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We tasted this on our first morning, as we were still getting used to the extraordinarily high levels of tannin, concentration and alcohol among the Right Bank wines. However, this stood out as one which retained a wealth of elegance. Yes, there is huge extract, excellent concentration and weight on the palate but the fine tannins and crisp acidity keep it all in check and beautifully harmonious.
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Chateau Lafleur-Gazin

Chateau Lafleur-Gazin

The dominant commercial force in Pomerol and St Emilion is the negociant company of Jean-Pierre Moueix. They own a clutch of prime wine estates, have exclusive distribution rights for a further selection and have worked assiduously to promote the lesser lights of the region and its associated appellations.

World-renowned names such as Château Pétrus, Trotanoy, Magdelaine, Lafleur and Lafleur Petrus feature in their portfolio, but one of the less known properties is La Fleur Gazin, situated appropriately between two heavyweights in Lafleur and Gazin.

Pomerol is renowned for producing wines of lush richness, with the fleshiness of the Merlot grape balanced by the firm acidity of the Cabernet Franc to produce wines which, while easy to enjoy young, nevertheless have the capacity to age. Pomerol is a tiny appellation and demand is high, so the effect on prices needs little imagination to calculate, but wines such as this still represent good value as they have yet to scale the lofty heights enjoyed by their better-known neighbours.

The La Fleur Gazin vineyards are planted with a typical Pomerol mix of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. After fermentation the wine spends 20 months ageing in oak barrels, 25% of the barrels are new, each year.

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Pomerol

Pomerol

Pomerol is the smallest of Bordeaux's major appellations, with about 150 producers and approximately 740 hectares of vineyards. It is home to many bijou domaines, many of which produce little more than 1,000 cases per annum.

Both the topography and architecture of the region is unremarkable, but the style of the wines is most individual. The finest vineyards are planted on a seam of rich clay which extends across the gently-elevated plateau of Pomerol, which runs from the north-eastern boundary of St Emilion. On the sides of the plateau, the soil becomes sandier and the wines lighter.

For a long time Pomerol was regarded as the poor relation of St Emilion, but the efforts of Jean-Pierre Moueix in the mid-20th century brought the wine to the attention of more export markets, where its fleshy, intense and muscular style found a willing audience, in turn leading to surge in prices led by the demand for such limited quantities.

There is one satellite region to the immediate north, Lalande-de-Pomerol whose wines are stylistically very similar, if sometimes lacking the finesse of its neighbour. There has never been a classification of Pomerol wines.

Recommended Châteaux : Ch. Pétrus, Vieux Ch. Certan, Le Pin, Ch. L’Eglise-Clinet, Ch. La Conseillante, Ch. L’Evangile, Ch. Lafleur, Trotanoy, Ch. Nenin, Ch. Beauregard, Ch. Feytit-Clinet, Le Gay.

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Merlot

Merlot

The most widely planted grape in Bordeaux and a grape that has been on a relentless expansion drive throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils and is relatively simple to cultivate. It is a vigorous naturally high yielding grape that requires savage pruning - over-cropped Merlot-based wines are dilute and bland. It is also vital to pick at optimum ripeness as Merlot can quickly lose its varietal characteristics if harvested overripe.

In St.Emilion and Pomerol it withstands the moist clay rich soils far better than Cabernet grapes, and at it best produces opulently rich, plummy clarets with succulent fruitcake-like nuances. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of hedonistically rich Merlot wines at their very best. It also plays a key supporting role in filling out the middle palate of the Cabernet-dominated wines of the Médoc and Graves.

Merlot is now grown in virtually all wine growing countries and is particularly successful in California, Chile and Northern Italy.

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Reviews

Customer reviews

The Wine Advocate89/100
Jancis16.5/20
Wine Spectator 92-95/100
Parker89/100
Decanter15/100

Critic reviews

The Wine Advocate89/100
Always a somewhat rustic style of Pomerol, the 2010 merits one of the highest ratings I have ever given this vineyard. With considerable opulence, a chocolate, mocha, black cherry and berry spectrum of aromas and flavors, medium to full-bodied and a macho, masculine feel to it, this wine has more finesse than normal, but never loses its relatively powerful, chunky style. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.
(89 Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- Feb 2013)

This low level Pomerol reveals medium to full body, a masculine structure, a dense ruby/purple color and sweet notes of black currants, crushed rocks, smoked game, herbs and earth. Medium to full-bodied with moderately high tannin, it will benefit from 2-4 years of cellaring and should keep for 12-15 years.
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Jancis16.5/20
Lively dark crimson. Meaty nose. Lots of plush ripeness initially and then still a bit inky. This is serious Pomerol as opposed to hedonistic sort. Very dark and inky on the finish, with some slightly green astringency.
(Jancis Robinson MW- jancis robinson.com, Apr 2011)

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Wine Spectator 92-95/100
Juicy, with a muscular core of blackberry and fig. Lots of acidity is nicely buried on the smoke- and spice-filled finish, where a hint of plum skin lends an ever-so-slightly chewy edge. Tasted non-blind.
(James Molesworth – The Wine Spectator – Top Scoring Bordeaux 2010 – 31 Mar 2011) Read more
Parker89/100
Always a somewhat rustic style of Pomerol, the 2010 merits one of the highest ratings I have ever given this vineyard. With considerable opulence, a chocolate, mocha, black cherry and berry spectrum of aromas and flavors, medium to full-bodied and a macho, masculine feel to it, this wine has more finesse than normal, but never loses its relatively powerful, chunky style. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.
(89 Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- Feb 2013)

This low level Pomerol reveals medium to full body, a masculine structure, a dense ruby/purple color and sweet notes of black currants, crushed rocks, smoked game, herbs and earth. Medium to full-bodied with moderately high tannin, it will benefit from 2-4 years of cellaring and should keep for 12-15 years.
(87-89 Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- May 2011) Read more
Decanter15/100
Chateau Lafleur-Gazin  is one of the light-weights from the JP Moueix stable. Leafy-red fruit character. Lighter weight and frame but balanced. Pleasant early drinking.
(James Lawther MW- Decanter – Apr 2011) Read more