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Château Lafleur is an unclassified winery located in the Right Bank region of Bordeaux in the Gironde department of the Pomerol commune. The winery produces some of the world's finest and rarest wines, which are highly sought after by connoisseurs across the globe.
This winery is located in Pétrus across the road from the current Château Le Gay estate. In the 18th century, the Greloud family purchased land from the Château Le Gay estate to become two separate land plots for the family's two sons. André, one of the sons, created Lafleur's motto. Translated to English, it means quality surpasses quantity.
Later in the 1940s, the two Robin sisters inherited Château Lafleur and Château Le Gay. Locals say Marie and Thérèse were very reclusive and did not show much interest in the growing popularity of the Lafleur wine label. They were responsible for running operations together for about 40 years for both estates until Thérèse's death, and distributors took over management duties for Marie after that. In 2001, Marie Robin also died. The estate was then run by Jacques and Sylvie Guinaudeau.
Château Lafleur's vineyard is comprised of four hectares with 40 percent of the grapes being Cabernet Franc and 60 percent being Merlot. The soil is rich with potassium and iron. Lafleur wines are aged in oak barrels for 18 months to yield optimal flavor. Grand vin Château Lafleur is the vineyard's signature wine, but there is a second wine bottled there that is considered a secret among insiders. It is called Les Pensées de Lafleur. Every year, Château Lafleur produces 1,000 cases of its signature wine and 750 cases of its secondary wine.
Lafleur wines exude intense perfume due to the blend's larger amount of Cabernet Franc. The flavor leaves the palate with the tastes of minerals, black fruits, creamy liquorice and tobacco spices. Chateau La Fleur-Petrus is a top choice for vintage wine, and the top vintages last for up to 50 years. The 1998 vintage received two stars from the Guide Hachette des Vins, and the 1997 vintage won one star. In addition to this, the 1999 vintage was labeled Cité. It is ranked ninth in cost on the list of the most expensive Pomerol wine and is also ranked number four on the list of the most popular Pomerol wines.
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