Another wow fragrance, another stunning Lafleur. Ripe dark fruits, cedar, dark chocolate and exotic spicy notes coming together into a lovely scent, powerful and long on the palate, though a little softer texturally and more open-knit than the '98.
A really nice wine. Opened and decanted for 2 hours. Dark purple in color with no sign of maturity. Huge sweet cherry nose bursting from the glass. Very different than when last tried 4 years ago where I described the nose as a Summer garden. Delicious blended palate of cherry, charcoal, earth with some minerality. No tannin and a long finish.
Quite a nice surprise for the vintage. Without decanting, the initial sip was a but dry, but with 30 minutes of air, plums, earth, oak, spice and olive notes began to emerge. With an hour of air, the medium bodied wine softened, taking on a fresh, plum, soft textured and cherry personality.
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(Lafleur) was stunning wine, another testament to great producers making great wines every year. This is a tremendous value in the context of other vintages of Lafleur. Deep and brooding fruit revealed classic plum, chocolate and mineral, not over the top and not shy either. In the mouth, the wine was filling and round, tasty and similar in its flavor profile to its aromas. This turned more than a few mouths at the event
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