DescriptionChateau Lafleur 1998
"Very lively crimson, even slightly purple, colour. Lots of Cab Franc fragrance on the nose - delightful and slightly smudgy in a good way. Lovely, though on the nose it could almost be a perfect Chinon! Gorgeous nose. Very sumptuous with lots of impact - almost sharp. Very lively and youthful with a fair amount of alcohol on the finish. Very long and pretty impressive. Overall lighter than some but still a bit chunky on the finish. Merlot dominates the blend." (17.5pts JR, Dec 2007)
"This wine was incredibly tannic and backward from cask, but out of bottle it has shrugged off the excess tannin and seems to be developing far better than I thought it would. The color is dense/ruby purple, and the wine shows notes of sweet kirsch and blackberry liqueur, with a liquid minerality and a hint of violets. The wine is full-bodied, quite tannic, very dense and backward, but gorgeously concentrated, pure, and intense. This looks to be a classic Lafleur meant for significant long-term aging." (94 pts. Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book 4th Ed., Dec. 2002)
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000.
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