I am confused about the cuvées coming out of this estate. The one which I have just drunk is labelled La Fleur de Bouärd, without "Château", just as shown in the pic on this CT page. There is a superior cuvée Le Plus de la Fleur de Boüard, also without "Château". I have also read that there is an intermediate cuvée Château la Fleur de Boüard but I can see no confirmation of that on the estate's website. Can anyone clarify?
This wine was much better at this 7 year stage than I feared given that its owner is a modernist and it sees 75% new oak. Colour was almost black and very opaque. The nose showed some rich Merlot fruit (80% of blend) but with a compensating lively edge, hints of cedar and no jamminess. The medium/full bodied palate showed good depth of dark fruit, some lightly caramelised complexity, lively acidity, a polished patina and a liqueur tinged, ripe tannic backbone. Kudos to Boüard for avoiding exaggeration and producing a well balanced wine. Good.
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(La Fleur de BoŘard Lalande de Pomerol) Tasted twice. This has a great nose, rather deep and meaty and dark, but super-ripe and rich and even hinting at blueberry and blackcurrant complexity. A similarly rich character to the palate, textured and weighty, but defined and balanced. Good acids and a firm finish. This has substance and ripeness. An admirable wine.
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