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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 vineyard for Chateau La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus is planted to 100% old vine Merlot. The 2 hectare vineyard has a terroir that is similar to 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.
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 are: 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.
Château La Fleur de Boüard Wine Tasting Notes
31 Vintages 144,653 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2018||Château La Fleur de Boüard Le Plus (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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
1,070 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2018||Château La Fleur de Boüard (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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
1,324 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2018||Château La Fleur de Boüard Le Lion (Lalande de Pomerol)|
Forward, medium-bodied, easy drinking, crowd pleaser that is perfect for early drinking pleasure and for restaurants. 86-88 Pts
1,512 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château La Fleur de Boüard (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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.
2,049 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château La Fleur de Boüard Le Plus (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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% alcohol, the wine is aging in 100% new French oak.
1,731 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
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% alcohol, the wine is aging in 100% new French oak barrels. 93-95 Pts
1,452 Views Tasted Apr 23, 2017
|2016||Château La Fleur de Boüard (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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% alcohol.
2,213 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
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% alcohol. 90-92 Pts
2,148 Views Tasted Apr 23, 2017
|2015||Château La Fleur de Boüard Le Plus (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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
1,738 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2015||Château La Fleur de Boüard (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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
3,407 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2014||Château La Fleur de Boüard Le Plus (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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.
1,207 Views Tasted Mar 15, 2017
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
1,773 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2015
|2014||Château La Fleur de Boüard (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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
3,365 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2015
|2013||Château La Fleur de Boüard Le Plus (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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
2,324 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2014
|2013||Château La Fleur de Boüard (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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.
2,180 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
Earthy in character, the wine showcases black cherries, soft tannins and a supple finish filled with cocoa and plum. 88-90 Pts
3,498 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2014
|2013||Château La Fleur de Boüard Le Lion (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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.
1,309 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
|2012||Château La Fleur de Boüard Le Plus (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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
3,313 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2012||Château La Fleur de Boüard (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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
5,659 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Château La Fleur de Boüard Le Plus (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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
2,295 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2012
|2011||Château La Fleur de Boüard (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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
3,575 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2012
|2010||Château La Fleur de Boüard Le Plus (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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.
1,972 Views Tasted May 9, 2016
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.
3,381 Views Tasted May 7, 2013
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
3,706 Views Tasted Jul 10, 2011
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
3,769 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2011
|2010||Château La Fleur de Boüard (Lalande de Pomerol)|
Silky, fresh, round dark cherries, structure and tannin to age and layers of fresh black cherries are found in this wine.
3,160 Views Tasted May 7, 2013
Espresso, caramel along with red and black fruit scents pair well with its round textures and cocoa, plum finish. 90-92 Pts
3,984 Views Tasted Jul 10, 2011
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
3,844 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2011
|2009||Château La Fleur de Boüard Le Plus (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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.
3,144 Views Tasted Nov 25, 2016
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
5,665 Views Tasted Jul 27, 2010
|2009||Château La Fleur de Boüard (Lalande de Pomerol)|
Medium/full bodied, with sweet, ripe, polished cherries and earthy accents, the wine is round, fresh, soft and ready to go.
3,562 Views Tasted May 9, 2016
Coffee, vanilla, cocoa powder. plums, blackberry and floral aromas mesh perfectly with the soft, sweet, round, dark chocolate coated, black cherry finish.
4,402 Views Tasted Dec 11, 2012
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.
5,813 Views Tasted Jul 10, 2011
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
6,036 Views Tasted Jul 27, 2010
|2008||Château La Fleur de Boüard Le Plus (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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
2,567 Views Tasted Jul 30, 2009
|2008||Château La Fleur de Boüard (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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
3,037 Views Tasted Jul 30, 2009
|2006||Château La Fleur de Boüard Le Plus (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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.
1,434 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
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.
1,697 Views Tasted Feb 5, 2014
|2006||Château La Fleur de Boüard (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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.
2,927 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
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.
2,793 Views Tasted Mar 11, 2014
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.
2,673 Views Tasted May 3, 2012
|2005||Château La Fleur de Boüard Le Plus (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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.
2,587 Views Tasted Jun 28, 2015
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.
4,250 Views Tasted May 3, 2012
|2005||Château La Fleur de Boüard (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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.
2,993 Views Tasted Dec 5, 2014
|2004||Château La Fleur de Boüard Le Plus (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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.
1,761 Views Tasted Aug 26, 2017
|2001||Château La Fleur de Boüard Le Plus (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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.
2,188 Views Tasted Nov 5, 2016
|2000||Château La Fleur de Boüard Le Plus (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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.
2,920 Views Tasted Apr 1, 2018
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.
3,431 Views Tasted May 9, 2016
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.
2,812 Views Tasted Nov 1, 2010
|2000||Château La Fleur de Boüard (Lalande de Pomerol)|
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.
3,003 Views Tasted Dec 19, 2017