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Chateau La Fleur (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020

  • JS95
  • D92
  • V92
  • RP91
750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

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JS 95
James Suckling
Very attractive barrel sample with purple-fruit and black-olive character, as well as asphalt and tar. It’s full and layered with plenty going on in the glass. One of the best so far for this estate?
Barrel Sample: 94-95
D 92
Smoky tar and cloves on the nose here, a little tight and chewy but clearly well made. The tannic frame is fully in play but softened by rich berry fruits and plenty of bitter chocolate shavings. A Dassault wine, with the house signature.
Barrel Sample: 92
V 92
The 2020 La Fleur is plump, open-knit and full of charm. Silky tannins wrap around a core of sweet red berry/plum fruit, spice, rose petal and sweet pipe tobacco. This forward Saint-Émilion offers tons of immediacy and pleasure. -Antonio Galloni
Barrel Sample: 90-92
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2020 La Fleur has a deep garnet-purple color and beautifully perfumed notes of rose oil, chocolate-covered cherries and ground cloves, over a core of preserved plums and kirsch, plus a waft of fragrant earth. The medium to full-bodied palate is soft and juicy, delivering bags of freshness and a lifted finish.

Barrel Sample : (89 - 91)

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Chateau La Fleur

Chateau La Fleur

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Chateau La Fleur, France
Known in 1898 under the name "Cru Merissac", then in 1929 as "La Fleur Merissac", the first label with Chateau La Fleur, Saint-Emilion 1st Grand Cru appeared in 1949.

In 2002, Chateau Dassault purchased its closest neighbour, Chateau La Fleur, with the intention of elevating this wine to Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe status. Laurent Dassault decided to invest in this estate located on a clayey promontory on the northern slops of the appellation area, to enable its marvellous terroir to express its true value.

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St-Émilion Wine

Bordeaux, France

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Marked by its historic fortified village—perhaps the prettiest in all of Bordeaux, the St-Émilion appellation, along with its neighboring village of Pomerol, are leaders in quality on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. These Merlot-dominant red wines (complemented by various amounts of Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon) remain some of the most admired and collected wines of the world.

St-Émilion has the longest history in wine production in Bordeaux—longer than the Left Bank—dating back to an 8th century monk named Saint Émilion who became a hermit in one of the many limestone caves scattered throughout the area.

Today St-Émilion is made up of hundreds of independent farmers dedicated to the same thing: growing Merlot and Cabernet Franc (and tiny amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon). While always roughly the same blend, the wines of St-Émilion vary considerably depending on the soil upon which they are grown—and the soils do vary considerably throughout the region.

The chateaux with the highest classification (Premier Grand Cru Classés) are on gravel-rich soils or steep, clay-limestone hillsides. There are only four given the highest rank, called Premier Grand Cru Classés A (Chateau Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Angélus, Pavie) and 14 are Premier Grand Cru Classés B. Much of the rest of the vineyards in the appellation are on flatter land where the soils are a mix of gravel, sand and alluvial matter.

Great wines from St-Émilion will be deep in color, and might have characteristics of blackberry liqueur, black raspberry, licorice, chocolate, grilled meat, earth or truffles. They will be bold, layered and lush.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.

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