La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus Lalande de Pomerol, Complete Guide

Learn everything about Chateau La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus Lalande de Pomerol with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, a history of the property, information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus History, Overview

Chateau La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus is the idea of Hubert de Bouard, the owner of Chateau Angelus and Chateau Bellevue in St. Emilion. Hubert de Bouard purchased the vineyard from an insurance company in 1998. This is a relative new wine, as the first year for the wine was produced with the 2000 vintage.

Chateau La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus is produced from a specific a two hectare parcel of old vines that are close to 45 years of age, situated on the Lalande de Pomerol plateau.

Today, Chateau La Fleur de Bouard is completely managed by the young, attractive and dynamic Coralie de Bouard, the eldest daughter of Hubert de Bouard.

Chateau La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 2 hectare vineyard for Chateau La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus is planted to 100% old vine Merlot. The vineyard has a terroir that is similar to what you find in Pomerol with its gravel and clay soils.

The vineyard is planted to a vine density that ranges from 6,500 vines per hectare in the parcels with the oldest vines. You find the density increases to 8,500 vines per hectare in the more recent plantings. The average age of the vines used to produce La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus are on average, close to 45 years of age.

In 2011, La Fleur de Bouard completed a multi-year, top to bottom reconstruction of their entire wine making making facilities and the chateau, making this one of the most modern estates in the Right Bank. The most striking new feature is their hanging, reverse, conical, gleaming, stainless steel vats.

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In the vineyards of La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus, yields are kept low. To give you an idea of how low the yields are, for the 2009 vintage, the yields of La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus were only 20 hectoliters per hectare.

To produce the wine of La Fleur de Bourd Le Plus, the juice sees a five day cold soak at 10 degrees Celsius and a four-week maceration in “OVNI” stainless steel tanks. The wine is vinified in a combination of stainless steel vats and short, squat shaped oak barrels. The wine receives regular pigeages.

Malolactic fermentation takes place in 100% new, French oak barrels from four different coopers, Taransaud (40%), Demptos (40%), Darnajou (15%) and Vicard (5%). Aging sur lies takes place in 100% new, French oak barrels for an estimated 33 months prior to bottling. The wine requires collaring time for the oak to fully integrate into the wine, and for the secondary notes to develop.

The best vintages of Chateau La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus are: 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2001 and 2000.

When to Drink Chateau La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus is much better with at least 6-9 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 1 – 2 hours.

This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 7-20 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.

Chateau La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

The blend of La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus is usually close to 100% Merlot. Hubert de Bouard likes to push the envelop with La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus in terms of quality for the region, and with his desire to produce wine from fully ripened fruit. In 2009, not only did the fruit, skins and seeds fully ripen, so did the stems.

In fact, one barrel was fermented using whole clusters, meaning that a portion of the grapes were fermented with the stems intact. Not much of this special Right Bank wine is made.

Along the very expensive method of producing the wine, the fact that only 300 to 400 cases of La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus are produced each year, makes this an expensive wine for the Lalande de Pomerol appellation. However, on a quality level, it competes with and is better than many Pomerol wines. Based on a recent tasting of the 2000, it ages quite well too.

In 2016, Coralie de Bouard started another winery in the Montagne St. Emilion appellation, Clos de Bouard.

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Château La Fleur de Boüard Wine Tasting Notes

48 Vintages 230,706 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2023
93
Dark black cherries, licorice, black plums, and chocolate are expressed in the nose. On the palate, the wine is round, lush, forward, and filled with dark, sweet fruits. Medium-bodied, vibrant, and ripe, give it a year or two and it will be great in your glass. The wine is produced from 100% old vine Merlot. Drink from 2026-2042. 92-94 Pts.

Dark black cherries, licorice, black plums, and chocolate are expressed in the nose. On the palate, the wine is round, lush, forward, and filled with dark, sweet fruits. Medium-bodied, vibrant, and ripe, give it a year or two and it will be great in your glass. The wine is produced from 100% old vine Merlot. Drink from 2026-2042. 92-94 Pts.

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2023
92
Flowers, cherries, licorice, smoke, and cocoa create the perfume. On the palate, the wine is soft, silky, fresh, medium-bodied, round, and creamy, finishing with plums, cherries, in early-drinking approach. The wine is a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink from 2026-2036. 91-93 Pts.

Flowers, cherries, licorice, smoke, and cocoa create the perfume. On the palate, the wine is soft, silky, fresh, medium-bodied, round, and creamy, finishing with plums, cherries, in early-drinking approach. The wine is a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink from 2026-2036. 91-93 Pts.

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2023
90
Green apples, pears, pomelo and tangerine pop in the nose, and on the vibrant, fruity, juicy, and fresh palate. Drink from 2025-2029. 90 Pts.

Green apples, pears, pomelo and tangerine pop in the nose, and on the vibrant, fruity, juicy, and fresh palate. Drink from 2025-2029. 90 Pts.

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2023
90
Bright, vigorous yellow citrus, and white peaches are fresh, and refreshing in this easy-to-like, ready white wine. Drink from 2025-2028. 90 Pts.

Bright, vigorous yellow citrus, and white peaches are fresh, and refreshing in this easy-to-like, ready white wine. Drink from 2025-2028. 90 Pts.

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2023
90
Medium-bodied, forward, fresh, and fruity, with a nice floral component to the soft, round, cherry-filled mid-palate, and finish. This is perfect for early drinking pleasure. Drink from 2026-2031. 89-91 Pts.

Medium-bodied, forward, fresh, and fruity, with a nice floral component to the soft, round, cherry-filled mid-palate, and finish. This is perfect for early drinking pleasure. Drink from 2026-2031. 89-91 Pts.

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2022
93
With a floral, chocolate and plummy character, the wine is lush, dark and polished. On the palate, you find layers of spicy plums, cocoa and a touch of chocolate-orange in the finish. The wine is produced from 100% old vine Merlot. Drink from 2026-2042. 92-94 Pts.

With a floral, chocolate and plummy character, the wine is lush, dark and polished. On the palate, you find layers of spicy plums, cocoa and a touch of chocolate-orange in the finish. The wine is produced from 100% old vine Merlot. Drink from 2026-2042. 92-94 Pts.

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2022
91
Cocoa, espresso, plums and anise work perfectly with all of the ripe, plums, and cherries are found here. Soft, fresh, and vibrant on the palate, the wine finishes with polished, red fruits, spice, and espresso beans in the finish. The wine is a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink from 2025-2035. 90-92 Pts.

Cocoa, espresso, plums and anise work perfectly with all of the ripe, plums, and cherries are found here. Soft, fresh, and vibrant on the palate, the wine finishes with polished, red fruits, spice, and espresso beans in the finish. The wine is a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink from 2025-2035. 90-92 Pts.

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2021
92
Espresso, black cherries and chocolate pop in the nose. The palate is supple, creamy and fresh with a finish that delivers sweet, fresh, dark chocolate and cherries on the backend. There is no Le Plus this year, which makes this a stronger wine as all of that old vine Merlot was placed into the blend. Drink from 2024-2035.

Espresso, black cherries and chocolate pop in the nose. The palate is supple, creamy and fresh with a finish that delivers sweet, fresh, dark chocolate and cherries on the backend. There is no Le Plus this year, which makes this a stronger wine as all of that old vine Merlot was placed into the blend. Drink from 2024-2035.

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Flowers, star anise, cherries, cocoa, licorice, and a hint of espresso bean on the nose. On the palate, the wine is soft, silky, sweet, fresh, and chalky with dark chocolate and cherries on the backend. There is no Le Plus this year, which makes this a stronger wine as all of that old vine Merlot was placed into the blend. The wine is 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink from 2023-2033. 89-91

Flowers, star anise, cherries, cocoa, licorice, and a hint of espresso bean on the nose. On the palate, the wine is soft, silky, sweet, fresh, and chalky with dark chocolate and cherries on the backend. There is no Le Plus this year, which makes this a stronger wine as all of that old vine Merlot was placed into the blend. The wine is 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink from 2023-2033. 89-91

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2021
88
Mint leaf, cherries, and cocoa form the core of this soft, fresh, medium-bodied, early-drinking charmer. Drink from 2024-2030.

Mint leaf, cherries, and cocoa form the core of this soft, fresh, medium-bodied, early-drinking charmer. Drink from 2024-2030.

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Forward, plummy, early-drinking, soft, open and already quite easy to taste, you should enjoy this on the young side to maintain the majority of its fruit. Drink from 2023-2027. 86-88

Forward, plummy, early-drinking, soft, open and already quite easy to taste, you should enjoy this on the young side to maintain the majority of its fruit. Drink from 2023-2027. 86-88

1,306 Views   Tasted
2021
88
Yellow citrus rind, flowers and spice smell great in the nose. On the palate, the wine is sweet and fresh, delivering a nice blast of lemon freshness in the finish. Drink from 2024-2027.

Yellow citrus rind, flowers and spice smell great in the nose. On the palate, the wine is sweet and fresh, delivering a nice blast of lemon freshness in the finish. Drink from 2024-2027.

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2021
87
White peach, eucalyptus, yellow citrus and floral notes pop in the nose. The palate is equal to the glass in the fresh, bright forward, citrus oriented, well-priced charmer. Drink from 2024-2027.

White peach, eucalyptus, yellow citrus and floral notes pop in the nose. The palate is equal to the glass in the fresh, bright forward, citrus oriented, well-priced charmer. Drink from 2024-2027.

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2020
93
Deeply colored, the wine packs a punch with all of its fruit and all of its toasty oak, which is clearly present in the nose and on the palate. The fruit is there. The tannins are ripe, soft and polished, but this is going to need time to come together before its oak becomes fully integrated. Drink from 2026-2042.

Deeply colored, the wine packs a punch with all of its fruit and all of its toasty oak, which is clearly present in the nose and on the palate. The fruit is there. The tannins are ripe, soft and polished, but this is going to need time to come together before its oak becomes fully integrated. Drink from 2026-2042.

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Dark purple in color, here you find loads of dark chocolate covered black fruits, espresso, licorice and spice. Medium/full-bodied, with velvet textured tannins and layers of sweet, supple fruits on the palate and in the back end. Give this 5 years or so in the bottle and it should really start to sing. 93-95 Pts

Dark purple in color, here you find loads of dark chocolate covered black fruits, espresso, licorice and spice. Medium/full-bodied, with velvet textured tannins and layers of sweet, supple fruits on the palate and in the back end. Give this 5 years or so in the bottle and it should really start to sing. 93-95 Pts

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2020
93
Smoked, cherries, black, red and blue fruits are out in front with no effort. There is richness, supple textures, and layers of creamy-textured, ripe, sweet plums in the mid-palate and in the finish. This is in contention for the best vintage I have tasted from this estate. Drink from 2024-2041.

Smoked, cherries, black, red and blue fruits are out in front with no effort. There is richness, supple textures, and layers of creamy-textured, ripe, sweet plums in the mid-palate and in the finish. This is in contention for the best vintage I have tasted from this estate. Drink from 2024-2041.

1,170 Views   Tasted
Flowers, plums, cherries, cocoa, wet earth, licorice, espresso and sweet, energetic, silky cherries are found on the nose and palate. The wine is elegant, fruity and supple, with chewy textures and loads of ripe fruit in the finish. 91-93 Pts

Flowers, plums, cherries, cocoa, wet earth, licorice, espresso and sweet, energetic, silky cherries are found on the nose and palate. The wine is elegant, fruity and supple, with chewy textures and loads of ripe fruit in the finish. 91-93 Pts

2,628 Views   Tasted
2020
89
Smoke, licorice, espresso, and black plum notes come through with ease in the nose. Medium-bodied, creamy and fresh, with a supple, polished, cherry-filled finish that is already quite nice. Especially since this is only a second wine. Drink from 2023-2032.

Smoke, licorice, espresso, and black plum notes come through with ease in the nose. Medium-bodied, creamy and fresh, with a supple, polished, cherry-filled finish that is already quite nice. Especially since this is only a second wine. Drink from 2023-2032.

2,195 Views   Tasted
Medium-bodied, fresh, savory, easy to like and even even easier to drink, all you need to do is pop and pour. This crowd-pleaser is perfect for ordering in restaurants. 87-89 Pts

Medium-bodied, fresh, savory, easy to like and even even easier to drink, all you need to do is pop and pour. This crowd-pleaser is perfect for ordering in restaurants. 87-89 Pts

2,338 Views   Tasted
2019
94
Deep in color, the wine is ripe, rich, lush and packed with espresso tinged, dark chocolate, black plums and black cherries, Rich, opulently textured, full-bodied and loaded with layers of ripe, sweet, exuberant fruits, this Pomerol look-alike wine needs a few years in the bottle to integrate all of its elements. It will be worth the wait. Drink from 2025-2038.

Deep in color, the wine is ripe, rich, lush and packed with espresso tinged, dark chocolate, black plums and black cherries, Rich, opulently textured, full-bodied and loaded with layers of ripe, sweet, exuberant fruits, this Pomerol look-alike wine needs a few years in the bottle to integrate all of its elements. It will be worth the wait. Drink from 2025-2038.

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Dark purple in color, the wine exudes flowers, black cherry, black raspberries and plums, Rich, intense, full-bodied and opulent in nature, the black and blue fruit profile coats your palate, teeth and gums and does not want to quit. This 100% old-vine Merlot wine needs time to come together, soften and round out. But all the elements are here to morph into a fabulous tasting experience on maturity. 94-96 Pts

Dark purple in color, the wine exudes flowers, black cherry, black raspberries and plums, Rich, intense, full-bodied and opulent in nature, the black and blue fruit profile coats your palate, teeth and gums and does not want to quit. This 100% old-vine Merlot wine needs time to come together, soften and round out. But all the elements are here to morph into a fabulous tasting experience on maturity. 94-96 Pts

3,294 Views   Tasted
2019
92
Espresso, flowers, cocoa and plums show up nicely on the nose while the palate offers a soft, polished expression of dark cherry, plum and black raspberry notes with a touch of chocolate in the finish. Drink from 2022-2033.

Espresso, flowers, cocoa and plums show up nicely on the nose while the palate offers a soft, polished expression of dark cherry, plum and black raspberry notes with a touch of chocolate in the finish. Drink from 2022-2033.

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Black raspberries, cherries, wet earth with licorice are the first thing you notice. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, sweet, fresh and vibrant, with elegance and purity. 90-92 Pts

Black raspberries, cherries, wet earth with licorice are the first thing you notice. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, sweet, fresh and vibrant, with elegance and purity. 90-92 Pts

3,601 Views   Tasted
2019
90
Flowers, raspberries, cocoa, herbs and and 5 Spice aromatics come through on the nose. On the palate, the wine is soft, silky, medium-bodied and fresh, with a sweetness and polish to the red pit fruits in the finish. Drink from 2022-2030.

Flowers, raspberries, cocoa, herbs and and 5 Spice aromatics come through on the nose. On the palate, the wine is soft, silky, medium-bodied and fresh, with a sweetness and polish to the red pit fruits in the finish. Drink from 2022-2030.

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Forward, medium-bodied and focused on its cocoa powder and plummy essence, the wine is a soft textured, easy-drinking, crowd-pleaser that is perfect for ordering in restaurants. 87-89 Pts

Forward, medium-bodied and focused on its cocoa powder and plummy essence, the wine is a soft textured, easy-drinking, crowd-pleaser that is perfect for ordering in restaurants. 87-89 Pts

2,815 Views   Tasted
2018
94
Dark in color, you find red, black and hints of blue fruit wrapped in dark chocolate covered espresso beans and licorice on the nose and palate. Rich, full-bodied and concentrated, with lush textures and velvety tannins, the wine demands 5-7 years in the cellar before it really begins to strut its stuff. This Pomerol look-alike is made from 100% old vine Merlot.

Dark in color, you find red, black and hints of blue fruit wrapped in dark chocolate covered espresso beans and licorice on the nose and palate. Rich, full-bodied and concentrated, with lush textures and velvety tannins, the wine demands 5-7 years in the cellar before it really begins to strut its stuff. This Pomerol look-alike is made from 100% old vine Merlot.

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Dark in color, the wine offers intensity, opulent, silky textures and layers of ripe, velvety plums and cherries, The fruits are sweet, ripe and rich, as well as accompanied by dark cocoa, black cherry, licorice, smoke, wet earth and espresso. This is going to be much better with at least 5 years of age. The wine is always made from 100% old vine Merlot. 93-95 Pts

Dark in color, the wine offers intensity, opulent, silky textures and layers of ripe, velvety plums and cherries, The fruits are sweet, ripe and rich, as well as accompanied by dark cocoa, black cherry, licorice, smoke, wet earth and espresso. This is going to be much better with at least 5 years of age. The wine is always made from 100% old vine Merlot. 93-95 Pts

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2018
91
Fresh red berries blend well with the oak nuances, earth, licorice and floral characteristics. Silky and vibrant, with a mix on the palate blending sweet red fruits, chocolate and thyme. This is good now and promises to be even better with some age.

Fresh red berries blend well with the oak nuances, earth, licorice and floral characteristics. Silky and vibrant, with a mix on the palate blending sweet red fruits, chocolate and thyme. This is good now and promises to be even better with some age.

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The earthy, dark chocolate, licorice, black cherry and floral aromatics are just great, But it is on the silky, palate that you really get into the wine. The opulent fruits, freshness and velvet tannins in a restrained style work this year. The wine is made from blending 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. 91-93 Pts

The earthy, dark chocolate, licorice, black cherry and floral aromatics are just great, But it is on the silky, palate that you really get into the wine. The opulent fruits, freshness and velvet tannins in a restrained style work this year. The wine is made from blending 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. 91-93 Pts

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2018
87
Soft, open and accessible, medium-bodied, forward, medium-bodied, elegant, easy drinking red plum and light cocoa filled wine that is best for early drinking pleasure.

Soft, open and accessible, medium-bodied, forward, medium-bodied, elegant, easy drinking red plum and light cocoa filled wine that is best for early drinking pleasure.

1,424 Views   Tasted
Forward, medium-bodied, easy drinking, crowd pleaser that is perfect for early drinking pleasure and for restaurants. 86-88 Pts

Forward, medium-bodied, easy drinking, crowd pleaser that is perfect for early drinking pleasure and for restaurants. 86-88 Pts

2,089 Views   Tasted
2017
91
Black cherry, cocoa, truffle and licorice are omnipresent here. On the palate, the wine is already delicious. A medium-bodied set of satin sheets, this will be a good romp upon release. Due to the frost, only La Fleur de Bouard was produced this year generating 1000 magnums. However, as 2017 marks their 20th anniversary, those magnums will be sold in a celebratory box with a one-time only label.

Black cherry, cocoa, truffle and licorice are omnipresent here. On the palate, the wine is already delicious. A medium-bodied set of satin sheets, this will be a good romp upon release. Due to the frost, only La Fleur de Bouard was produced this year generating 1000 magnums. However, as 2017 marks their 20th anniversary, those magnums will be sold in a celebratory box with a one-time only label.

2,486 Views   Tasted
2016
94
Showing a much deeper color than the regular cuvee, the wine jumps up with flowers, smoke, licorice, cinnamon and truffle. Full-bodied, in fact dense, the tannins are ripe, lush and long. The fruit is perfectly ripe with a chocolate accent, and the sensual finish gets better and better as you continue enjoying the bottle. This needs up to a decade in the cellar before it is ready to explode.

Showing a much deeper color than the regular cuvee, the wine jumps up with flowers, smoke, licorice, cinnamon and truffle. Full-bodied, in fact dense, the tannins are ripe, lush and long. The fruit is perfectly ripe with a chocolate accent, and the sensual finish gets better and better as you continue enjoying the bottle. This needs up to a decade in the cellar before it is ready to explode.

2,231 Views   Tasted
Two dozen long-stemmed roses and a cup of cocoa, cherry blossoms, espresso, licorice and spice on the nose. Polished tannins, silky, lush, textures, freshness and vibrancy, the finish is all juicy, dark plums and even dark chocolate. Made from 100% Merlot and reaching 14.8% ABV, the wine is aging in 100% new French oak.

Two dozen long-stemmed roses and a cup of cocoa, cherry blossoms, espresso, licorice and spice on the nose. Polished tannins, silky, lush, textures, freshness and vibrancy, the finish is all juicy, dark plums and even dark chocolate. Made from 100% Merlot and reaching 14.8% ABV, the wine is aging in 100% new French oak.

2,342 Views   Tasted
Two dozen long-stemmed roses and a cup of cocoa, cherry blossoms, espresso, licorice and spice on the nose. Polished tannins, silky, lush, textures, freshness and vibrancy, the finish is all juicy, dark plums and even dark chocolate. Made from 100% Merlot and reaching 14.8% ABV, the wine is aging in 100% new French oak barrels. 93-95 Pts

Two dozen long-stemmed roses and a cup of cocoa, cherry blossoms, espresso, licorice and spice on the nose. Polished tannins, silky, lush, textures, freshness and vibrancy, the finish is all juicy, dark plums and even dark chocolate. Made from 100% Merlot and reaching 14.8% ABV, the wine is aging in 100% new French oak barrels. 93-95 Pts

2,039 Views   Tasted
2016
92
Medium bodied with ripe, juicy cherry and plum tones, you also find licorice, bay leaf and smoke on the nose. Soft and polished, with ripe, sweet fruit from start to finish, there is freshness and spice that add to the fruit filled finish.

Medium bodied with ripe, juicy cherry and plum tones, you also find licorice, bay leaf and smoke on the nose. Soft and polished, with ripe, sweet fruit from start to finish, there is freshness and spice that add to the fruit filled finish.

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Sensuous with a candied, dark cherry core of fruit, this medium/full-bodied wine has a fresh, red berry, dark cocoa, cigar wrapper and thyme filled finish. Produced from a blend of 85% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is 14.5% ABV.

Sensuous with a candied, dark cherry core of fruit, this medium/full-bodied wine has a fresh, red berry, dark cocoa, cigar wrapper and thyme filled finish. Produced from a blend of 85% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is 14.5% ABV.

3,962 Views   Tasted
Sensuous with a candied, dark cherry core of fruit, this medium/full-bodied wine has a fresh, red berry, dark cocoa, cigar wrapper and thyme filled finish. Produced from a blend of 85% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is 14.5% ABV. 90-92 Pts

Sensuous with a candied, dark cherry core of fruit, this medium/full-bodied wine has a fresh, red berry, dark cocoa, cigar wrapper and thyme filled finish. Produced from a blend of 85% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is 14.5% ABV. 90-92 Pts

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2015
95
An Intense, cherry liqueur penetrates the senses before submitting to the essence of lilies, irises and Gourdon flowers. A profusion of tobacco, cocoa and hints of blueberries waft through the olfactory receptors as you sip this fine 100% Merlot. This wine is like rare Turkish velvet woven around a lingering note of licorice, dark chocolate and espresso. The supple textures really carry through from the delectable start to the scrumptious finish. 94 - 96 Pts

An Intense, cherry liqueur penetrates the senses before submitting to the essence of lilies, irises and Gourdon flowers. A profusion of tobacco, cocoa and hints of blueberries waft through the olfactory receptors as you sip this fine 100% Merlot. This wine is like rare Turkish velvet woven around a lingering note of licorice, dark chocolate and espresso. The supple textures really carry through from the delectable start to the scrumptious finish. 94 - 96 Pts

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2015
92
Black raspberry, licorice, dark chocolate and espresso bean generate the perfume, leading to a smooth, delicate texture and a dark chocolate, cherry core. This elegant wine has good weight, freshness and sweet fruits that enhance and extend the cordial-like finish. 91 - 93 Pts

Black raspberry, licorice, dark chocolate and espresso bean generate the perfume, leading to a smooth, delicate texture and a dark chocolate, cherry core. This elegant wine has good weight, freshness and sweet fruits that enhance and extend the cordial-like finish. 91 - 93 Pts

4,429 Views   Tasted
2014
92
Espresso and some wood on the nose, which should better integrate in time, the wine has good, juicy, dark plums and spice to offer, from start to finish, ending with polished, textures, ripe, sweet plums.

Espresso and some wood on the nose, which should better integrate in time, the wine has good, juicy, dark plums and spice to offer, from start to finish, ending with polished, textures, ripe, sweet plums.

1,485 Views   Tasted
Licorice, espresso bean and plum liqueur create the aroma. On the palate the wine is voluptuous, polished and showy, finishing with sweet, ripe, black fruits. 91-93 Pts

Licorice, espresso bean and plum liqueur create the aroma. On the palate the wine is voluptuous, polished and showy, finishing with sweet, ripe, black fruits. 91-93 Pts

2,011 Views   Tasted
2014
89
Notes of black raspberry, licorice and espresso bean create the fragrance. This wine is soft, polished and expressive, leaving you with a dose of black cherry and thyme. Top value for a Bordeaux wine. 88-90 Pts

Notes of black raspberry, licorice and espresso bean create the fragrance. This wine is soft, polished and expressive, leaving you with a dose of black cherry and thyme. Top value for a Bordeaux wine. 88-90 Pts

4,970 Views   Tasted
2013
91
Wet earth, forest floor and plums open to a fresh chocolate and cherry center that finishes with sweet, dark and spicy berries. 90-92 Pts

Wet earth, forest floor and plums open to a fresh chocolate and cherry center that finishes with sweet, dark and spicy berries. 90-92 Pts

2,791 Views   Tasted
2013
88
With notes of cherry, thyme and fresh mint on the nose, the wine is medium bodied, forward, fruity, and ready for its early drinking window to begin.

With notes of cherry, thyme and fresh mint on the nose, the wine is medium bodied, forward, fruity, and ready for its early drinking window to begin.

3,368 Views   Tasted
Earthy in character, the wine showcases black cherries, soft tannins and a supple finish filled with cocoa and plum. 88-90 Pts

Earthy in character, the wine showcases black cherries, soft tannins and a supple finish filled with cocoa and plum. 88-90 Pts

4,683 Views   Tasted
2013
83
Light in color, light in fruit, the wine is all about early drinking bright red fruits with a hint of watermelon in the end notes.

Light in color, light in fruit, the wine is all about early drinking bright red fruits with a hint of watermelon in the end notes.

1,602 Views   Tasted
2012
93
Produced using 100% Merlot from the oldest vines in their vineyards, the vines are situated in a single 4 hectare bock. The small 250 case-production is aged in 100% new oak for 33 months. 2012 marks the debut vintage for the new cellars. Plush and sexy black raspberries, plums, cocoa, earth and spice create the aromas. On the palate, the wine is packed with sweet and fresh black cherries, raspberries and dark chocolate. 92-94 Pts

Produced using 100% Merlot from the oldest vines in their vineyards, the vines are situated in a single 4 hectare bock. The small 250 case-production is aged in 100% new oak for 33 months. 2012 marks the debut vintage for the new cellars. Plush and sexy black raspberries, plums, cocoa, earth and spice create the aromas. On the palate, the wine is packed with sweet and fresh black cherries, raspberries and dark chocolate. 92-94 Pts

4,370 Views   Tasted
2012
90
Smoky black cherries, milk chocolate and earthy notes open to a medium-bodied, soft, black raspberry-filled wine. This is a very nice wine for the vintage. I wish the finish was a bit longer. 89-91 Pts

Smoky black cherries, milk chocolate and earthy notes open to a medium-bodied, soft, black raspberry-filled wine. This is a very nice wine for the vintage. I wish the finish was a bit longer. 89-91 Pts

6,114 Views   Tasted
2011
92
produced from 100% Merlot from the oldest vines in their vineyards. The vines, planted in a single block, range from 60 to 90 years of age. The wine is aged in 100% new oak. Deep in color with chocolate, flowers, boysenberry, earth and black raspberry, the wine is supple in texture and concentrated with sweet, ripe, fresh blackberries, cocoa and plum. 91-93 Pts

produced from 100% Merlot from the oldest vines in their vineyards. The vines, planted in a single block, range from 60 to 90 years of age. The wine is aged in 100% new oak. Deep in color with chocolate, flowers, boysenberry, earth and black raspberry, the wine is supple in texture and concentrated with sweet, ripe, fresh blackberries, cocoa and plum. 91-93 Pts

2,693 Views   Tasted
2011
90
La Fleur de Bouard is a blend of 80% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon with 8% Cabernet Franc. Round textures, plum and cocoa with a medium body and a fresh, chocolate and cherry finish. 90-92 Pts

La Fleur de Bouard is a blend of 80% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon with 8% Cabernet Franc. Round textures, plum and cocoa with a medium body and a fresh, chocolate and cherry finish. 90-92 Pts

4,040 Views   Tasted
2010
93
Starting to enter its prime years of drinkability, this luscious, rich, chocolate covered cherry, truffle and licorice treat, with its silky textures is open and ready for enjoyment.

Starting to enter its prime years of drinkability, this luscious, rich, chocolate covered cherry, truffle and licorice treat, with its silky textures is open and ready for enjoyment.

2,858 Views   Tasted
Produced from 100% Merlot, the wine offers a plummy, chocolate and earthy personality, with rich, plush textures, polished tannins and a long, deep, dark, black cherry filled finish. This competes with many of the better Pomerol wines in this vintage.

Produced from 100% Merlot, the wine offers a plummy, chocolate and earthy personality, with rich, plush textures, polished tannins and a long, deep, dark, black cherry filled finish. This competes with many of the better Pomerol wines in this vintage.

4,148 Views   Tasted
From 100% old vine Merlot, this Pomerol look alike is deeply colored, offering coffee, licorice, chocolate, plum and fresh blackberries in the perfume. This delicious wine is fat, sexy and full bodied, ending with a long, fresh, pure, black cherry finish. Only 250 cases were produced of this wine which should age well. 92-94 Pts

From 100% old vine Merlot, this Pomerol look alike is deeply colored, offering coffee, licorice, chocolate, plum and fresh blackberries in the perfume. This delicious wine is fat, sexy and full bodied, ending with a long, fresh, pure, black cherry finish. Only 250 cases were produced of this wine which should age well. 92-94 Pts

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2010 La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus is produced from 100% Merlot, from the oldest vines in their vineyards. The vines are situated in a single 4 hectare bock. The small, 250 cases production is aged in 100% new oak for 33 months. Oak, chocolate, black raspberry jam, flowers and spice aromas open to a rich, thick, long, chocolate, black cherry, jammy plum and bittersweet chocolate finish. 92-94 Pts

2010 La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus is produced from 100% Merlot, from the oldest vines in their vineyards. The vines are situated in a single 4 hectare bock. The small, 250 cases production is aged in 100% new oak for 33 months. Oak, chocolate, black raspberry jam, flowers and spice aromas open to a rich, thick, long, chocolate, black cherry, jammy plum and bittersweet chocolate finish. 92-94 Pts

4,524 Views   Tasted
2010
90
Silky, fresh, round dark cherries, structure and tannin to age and layers of fresh black cherries are found in this wine.

Silky, fresh, round dark cherries, structure and tannin to age and layers of fresh black cherries are found in this wine.

3,589 Views   Tasted
Espresso, caramel along with red and black fruit scents pair well with its round textures and cocoa, plum finish. 90-92 Pts

Espresso, caramel along with red and black fruit scents pair well with its round textures and cocoa, plum finish. 90-92 Pts

4,414 Views   Tasted
La Fleur de Bouard 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon combine to produce a wine that opens with scents of coca powder, fresh ripe black raspberry and chocolate. The round, supple textured wine ends with black cherry, plum and bitter chocolate. 9o-92 Pts

La Fleur de Bouard 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon combine to produce a wine that opens with scents of coca powder, fresh ripe black raspberry and chocolate. The round, supple textured wine ends with black cherry, plum and bitter chocolate. 9o-92 Pts

4,269 Views   Tasted
2009
93
Still amazingly dark in color, the wine is intensely concentrated. It is big, rich and dense, with loads of black plum, smoke, chocolate, coffee and espresso bean. Mouth-filling, long and concentrated, give the wine a few hours in the decanter or wait another 5 years before pulling a cork as the oak needs to better integrate.

Still amazingly dark in color, the wine is intensely concentrated. It is big, rich and dense, with loads of black plum, smoke, chocolate, coffee and espresso bean. Mouth-filling, long and concentrated, give the wine a few hours in the decanter or wait another 5 years before pulling a cork as the oak needs to better integrate.

3,295 Views   Tasted
It took about 45 minutes of air until the wine softened, filled out and offered a sensuous, velvety layer of plums, dark chocolate and cherries, with wet, earthy accents. The oak was still prevalent, and did not subside with air. It was not enough to overpower the wine, but it was present. I am hoping the oak will better integrate and perhaps, another 5-7 years of age will make it happen.

It took about 45 minutes of air until the wine softened, filled out and offered a sensuous, velvety layer of plums, dark chocolate and cherries, with wet, earthy accents. The oak was still prevalent, and did not subside with air. It was not enough to overpower the wine, but it was present. I am hoping the oak will better integrate and perhaps, another 5-7 years of age will make it happen.

4,743 Views   Tasted
2009 La Fleur de Bouard Cuvee Gaspard is normally known as Le Plus. But to celebrate the first grandchild of the de Bouards, the wine was named for Gaspard, the son of Coralie de Bouard who had the good fortune to be born in 2009. This dark as night wine shows floral, black raspberry, licorice, espresso, and dark chocolate aromatics. Fleshy and full bodied, with silky tannins and round textures, the wine ends with licorice, black plum and mocha flavors. 94-96 Pts

2009 La Fleur de Bouard Cuvee Gaspard is normally known as Le Plus. But to celebrate the first grandchild of the de Bouards, the wine was named for Gaspard, the son of Coralie de Bouard who had the good fortune to be born in 2009. This dark as night wine shows floral, black raspberry, licorice, espresso, and dark chocolate aromatics. Fleshy and full bodied, with silky tannins and round textures, the wine ends with licorice, black plum and mocha flavors. 94-96 Pts

6,806 Views   Tasted
2009
91
Medium/full bodied, with sweet, ripe, polished cherries and earthy accents, the wine is round, fresh, soft and ready to go.

Medium/full bodied, with sweet, ripe, polished cherries and earthy accents, the wine is round, fresh, soft and ready to go.

4,323 Views   Tasted
Coffee, vanilla, cocoa powder. plums, blackberry and floral aromas mesh perfectly with the soft, sweet, round, dark chocolate coated, black cherry finish.

Coffee, vanilla, cocoa powder. plums, blackberry and floral aromas mesh perfectly with the soft, sweet, round, dark chocolate coated, black cherry finish.

5,117 Views   Tasted
Chocolate, licorice, black cherry scents, fleshy, soft, silky textures and a zesty, plum filled finish. A fairly priced wine of pleasure that would do well in blind tastings of Pomerol wines.

Chocolate, licorice, black cherry scents, fleshy, soft, silky textures and a zesty, plum filled finish. A fairly priced wine of pleasure that would do well in blind tastings of Pomerol wines.

6,517 Views   Tasted
2009 La Fleur de Bouard expresses oak, dark berries, spice, and hints of plum topped with chocolate. Full bodied, powerful and rich, it should offer pleasure early. 89-91 Pts

2009 La Fleur de Bouard expresses oak, dark berries, spice, and hints of plum topped with chocolate. Full bodied, powerful and rich, it should offer pleasure early. 89-91 Pts

6,732 Views   Tasted
2008
93
08 Château La Fleur Bouard Plus is deeply colored. Blackberry, spice, and oak, plus hot chocolate and floral scents, are all over the place. Quite concentrated with rich levels of elegant, ripe fruit. The wine finishes with a long, blackberry filled note. In 08 this wine competes with many of the better Pomerols. 93-95 Pts

08 Château La Fleur Bouard Plus is deeply colored. Blackberry, spice, and oak, plus hot chocolate and floral scents, are all over the place. Quite concentrated with rich levels of elegant, ripe fruit. The wine finishes with a long, blackberry filled note. In 08 this wine competes with many of the better Pomerols. 93-95 Pts

2,786 Views   Tasted
2008
90
08 Château La Fleur Bouard is ruby colored. Black cherry and floral notes start off the perfume. Soft tannins, medium body, and an elegant, early drinking personality are the hallmarks of this wine, which finishes with soft, fresh flavors of black and red fruits. 89-91 Pts

08 Château La Fleur Bouard is ruby colored. Black cherry and floral notes start off the perfume. Soft tannins, medium body, and an elegant, early drinking personality are the hallmarks of this wine, which finishes with soft, fresh flavors of black and red fruits. 89-91 Pts

3,727 Views   Tasted
2006
93
Showing maturity of color that's proportionate for its age, the wine is all about is fresh, ripe fruits, menthol, cigar box and forest floor character. Silky, soft and forward, with a sweet, fresh, concentrated, black plum and dark cherry character, there is good purity of fruit and sweetness with a second wave of dark chocolate that pops up in the finish.

Showing maturity of color that's proportionate for its age, the wine is all about is fresh, ripe fruits, menthol, cigar box and forest floor character. Silky, soft and forward, with a sweet, fresh, concentrated, black plum and dark cherry character, there is good purity of fruit and sweetness with a second wave of dark chocolate that pops up in the finish.

1,757 Views   Tasted
A bit on the masculine side of the style range for Lalande de Pomerol. Te show bouqet pops with coconut, floral, blackberry, chocolate and spicy plum notes. Tannic, with round, ripe plums and mocha underneath, give this a few more years to develop.

A bit on the masculine side of the style range for Lalande de Pomerol. Te show bouqet pops with coconut, floral, blackberry, chocolate and spicy plum notes. Tannic, with round, ripe plums and mocha underneath, give this a few more years to develop.

2,006 Views   Tasted
2006
89
Fully mature, with an earthy, truffle, cherry and licorice nose, the soft, medium bodied wine ends with sweet, ripe plums with cherry in the finish.

Fully mature, with an earthy, truffle, cherry and licorice nose, the soft, medium bodied wine ends with sweet, ripe plums with cherry in the finish.

3,532 Views   Tasted
Reticent, the wine needs coaxing to bring out the truffle, stone, and spicy cherry perfume. Medium/full bodied and open, the wine finishes with soft, ripe, dark plums, olives and herbs.

Reticent, the wine needs coaxing to bring out the truffle, stone, and spicy cherry perfume. Medium/full bodied and open, the wine finishes with soft, ripe, dark plums, olives and herbs.

3,372 Views   Tasted
Rich, plush, concentrated layers of plum, cocoa, boysenberry and spice feel great as they spill from the glass. This is already starting to drink well.

Rich, plush, concentrated layers of plum, cocoa, boysenberry and spice feel great as they spill from the glass. This is already starting to drink well.

3,238 Views   Tasted
2005
93
This Pomerol look alike is packed with ripe juicy black cherries, dark chocolate, truffle and plums. The texture is silky tannins and lush plums that leave a lasting impression. You can drink this now, or age it for a few more years.

This Pomerol look alike is packed with ripe juicy black cherries, dark chocolate, truffle and plums. The texture is silky tannins and lush plums that leave a lasting impression. You can drink this now, or age it for a few more years.

3,530 Views   Tasted
Still deeply colored with chocolate covered blackberries, espresso bean. ripe plums, truffle and an array of spices in the perfume, this rich, Pomerol look alike is just starting to strut its hedonistic stuff.

Still deeply colored with chocolate covered blackberries, espresso bean. ripe plums, truffle and an array of spices in the perfume, this rich, Pomerol look alike is just starting to strut its hedonistic stuff.

4,641 Views   Tasted
2005
90
Mature and ready to drink, the soft, round, open wine has a personality of sweet black cherries, licorice, coffee bean and dark chocolate. This is in the sweet spot. The wine was produced from a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.

Mature and ready to drink, the soft, round, open wine has a personality of sweet black cherries, licorice, coffee bean and dark chocolate. This is in the sweet spot. The wine was produced from a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.

3,402 Views   Tasted
2004
92
Medium/full bodied, soft, polished and silky, the juicy dark plums are sweet, ripe and fresh. Add to that the wet earth, licorice and cocoa, with a blast of black cherry in the finish, and you get the picture. I like how this is drinking today.

Medium/full bodied, soft, polished and silky, the juicy dark plums are sweet, ripe and fresh. Add to that the wet earth, licorice and cocoa, with a blast of black cherry in the finish, and you get the picture. I like how this is drinking today.

2,413 Views   Tasted
2001
92
Ready for prime time drinking, the blend of chocolate covered plum and truffle on the nose gets you ready for the main event. Medium/full bodied, dark cherry, cocoa, dark chocolate and licorice, with soft, silky textures are found in the finish.

Ready for prime time drinking, the blend of chocolate covered plum and truffle on the nose gets you ready for the main event. Medium/full bodied, dark cherry, cocoa, dark chocolate and licorice, with soft, silky textures are found in the finish.

3,229 Views   Tasted
2000
96
Wow, this has really stepped up its game. The wine is lush, plush rich and sexy. The fruit has gained in weight and intensity over the years, the oak has completely faded away. This is drinking in the sweet spot today.

Wow, this has really stepped up its game. The wine is lush, plush rich and sexy. The fruit has gained in weight and intensity over the years, the oak has completely faded away. This is drinking in the sweet spot today.

4,416 Views   Tasted
Drinking beautifully today, this silky, lush, round wine, with its richly textured, sweet, black cherry, fig, licorice and dark chocolate profile would make anyone think this is a top flight Pomerol. This is at peak maturity today.

Drinking beautifully today, this silky, lush, round wine, with its richly textured, sweet, black cherry, fig, licorice and dark chocolate profile would make anyone think this is a top flight Pomerol. This is at peak maturity today.

4,094 Views   Tasted
This powerful, rich wine starts off with chocolate, licorice, blackberry, black cherry, coffee and plum notes. Ther wine is concentrated with layers of thick, rich, chocolate covered plums and spice. This is a very opulent, sexy style of wine that borders on decadence.

This powerful, rich wine starts off with chocolate, licorice, blackberry, black cherry, coffee and plum notes. Ther wine is concentrated with layers of thick, rich, chocolate covered plums and spice. This is a very opulent, sexy style of wine that borders on decadence.

3,130 Views   Tasted
2000
91
Fully mature, my last bottle of this charmer was the best of the bunch. A dead ringer for a Pomerol, with its soft, voluptuous textures, the wine displays its truffle, mocha, dark chocolate and plums with ease. This is not a wine to hold for further development, as it's already at peak today.

Fully mature, my last bottle of this charmer was the best of the bunch. A dead ringer for a Pomerol, with its soft, voluptuous textures, the wine displays its truffle, mocha, dark chocolate and plums with ease. This is not a wine to hold for further development, as it's already at peak today.

4,086 Views   Tasted