Sunday, October 31, 2021
Château Lafleur Pomerol 1983
Two days ago, a customer brought this bottle to the restaurant and invited me to have a glass, it was a revelation.
Beautiful wine, love it. Elegant, refined, feminine, bright, crisp, complex and seductive. Dark and red fruits, underbrush, forest floor, leather, forest floor, liquorice, barely perceptible underlying earthy, spicy and peppery nuances. So youthful, this wine could easily age gracefully for another 10 to 15 years. The secret behind it, is the acidity.
As I like to say, warm vintages in Bordeaux give ripeness, opulence and richness. While cooler vintages bring the necessary acidity and tannins to allow the wine to keep its youthful character and live through time.
Some of the stellar warmer Bordeaux vintages like 1982, 1985 and 1989, are starting to reach their peaks for some châteaux, while cooler vintages like 1983 and 1986 are still surprisely very much alive and kicking.
This Lafleur is a great example of an excellent 1983, which shows great vitality and will continue to live and evolve for a little while longer than the 1982, in my opinion.
LeDomduVin (aka Dominique Noel)
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