The balance between structure, fruit and freshness is particularly successful here in 2016, as the summer drought had very little impact on its vineyards. The vines of Lafleur-Gazin lie on the edge of the clay-rich, central plateau of Pomerol, between two famous neighbours: Châteaux Gazin and Lafleur. The vineyards have been managed since 1973 by Ets. Jean-Pierre Moueix, on behalf of the grand-daughters of owner, Madame Delfour-Borderie.
Merlot grapes overwhelmingly make up the heart of this wine, with 6% Cabernet Franc bringing vivacity and complexity to the Merlots’ velvety, dense fruitiness. Average age of the vines is around 35 years. In the cellar, a fifth to a quarter of the barrels are renewed each year. Like many Pomerol châteaux, this is a small property (with just 21 acres under vines).
In colour the 2016 is medium-deep, ruby-purple, with subtly aromatic, refreshing aromas, recalling red and black fruits. The palate starts full-bodied, with fruitiness superbly maintained all the way through to soft tannins, lovely freshness and a mouth-embracing, splendidly long finish (for drinking 2020-2030+).
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