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Chateau La Fleur de Bouard History, Overview
Chateau La Fleur de Bouard is owned by the de Bouard family. When Hubert de Bouard purchased the property in 1998, it was called La Fleur Saint Georges. Following the age old custom of renaming a wine after a change in ownership, they rechristened their new property, La Fleur de Bouard. The de Bouard family are well known for their vineyards in St. Emilion, which include Chateau Angelus and Chateau Bellevue as well as their estate in the Cotes de Francs appellation, Chateau de Francs. Hubert de Bouard purchased the estate in 1998 from a French insurance company.
1998 marked the debut vintage for La Fleur de Bouard. However, starting with the 2012 vintage, Chateau La Fleur de Bouard began to be completely managed by Coralie de Bouard, the daughter of Hubert de Bouard. Chateau La Fleur de Bouard sits on the plateau of Lalande de Pomerol in Neac, which is not far from Pomerol.
Chateau La Fleur de Bouard Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 33 hectare vineyard of Chateau La Fleur de Bouard has a terroir of clay and sand with a base of gravel underneath the soil. The vineyard is planted to 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. However, it is the goal of the estate to slowly increase the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon in the vines. The vine density is 6,500 vines per hectare in the oldest vines. However, new plantings were taking place at 8,500 vines per hectare. Today, new plantings are being done at an even higher level of density at 9,300 vines per hectare. The average age of the vines at La Fleur de Bouard is 25 years old. However, they have old vines that are close to 50 years of age in their vineyards as well.
In 2011, La Fleur de Bouard completed a multi-year 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, stainless steel, conical vats.
To produce the wine of La Fleur de Bouard, the grapes go through a pre-fermentation, cold maceration at 10 degrees Celsius and a 3-4 week maceration in stainless steel tanks. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in 28 stainless steel tanks that range in size from 70 hectoliters and go up to 80 hectoliters. Malolactic fermentation is performed in 75% to 80% new oak barrels. The wine is then aged in vat to help integrate the wood. Lastly, the wine is then placed in 75% to 80% new, French oak barrels for between 18-24 months, depending on the character of the vintage.
The best vintages of Chateau La Fleur de Bouard are: 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005 and 2000.
The blend for Chateau La Fleur de Bouard is usually quite close to the planted acreage. Additionally, Chateau La Fleur de Bouard produces a special cuvee called Le Plus La Fleur de Bouard. The grapes for this cuvee come from a small, specific, 2 hectare parcel of very old Merlot vines planted in their deepest clay soils.
Serving and Decanting Chateau La Fleur de Bouard with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau La Fleur de Bouard is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour. 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 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 is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
This high quality, character filled wine is the perfect ringer for a Pomerol tasting. It is the benchmark for any wine from the Lalande de Pomerol appellation. The blend of La Fleur de Bouard as well as that of Le Plus La Fleur de Bouard varies depending on the vintage. It ranges from 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc to almost 100% Merlot. However, for Le Plus La Fleur de Bouard, the majority of the time, it’s usually closer to 100% Merlot, while La Fleur de Bouard is closer to the vineyard plantings, which averages about 80% Merlot.
Previously, there were two second wines, La Fleur Saint Georges and Le Lion La Fleur de Bouard. These are the exact same wines. By 2013, however, that changed and since that time, there is only one second wine produced here, Le Lion La Fleur de Bouard. The average annual production for La Fleur de Bouard is close to 7,000 cases per year.
Château La Fleur de Boüard Wine Tasting Notes
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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.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 1053 Views
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
Apr 23, 2017points - Tasted 979 Views
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.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 1127 Views
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
Apr 23, 2017points - Tasted 1116 Views
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
Apr 29, 2016points - Tasted 1228 Views
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
Apr 29, 2016points - Tasted 1969 Views
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.
Mar 15, 2017points - Tasted 850 Views
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
Apr 24, 2015points - Tasted 1485 Views
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
Apr 24, 2015points - Tasted 2285 Views
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
Apr 26, 2014points - Tasted 1965 Views
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.
May 25, 2016points - Tasted 1238 Views
Earthy in character, the wine showcases black cherries, soft tannins and a supple finish filled with cocoa and plum. 88-90 Pts
Apr 26, 2014points - Tasted 2591 Views
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.
May 25, 2016points - Tasted 1068 Views
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
Apr 26, 2013points - Tasted 2436 Views
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
Apr 26, 2013points - Tasted 5362 Views
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
Apr 19, 2012points - Tasted 1957 Views
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
Apr 19, 2012points - Tasted 3413 Views
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.
May 9, 2016points - Tasted 1418 Views
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.
May 7, 2013points - Tasted 2903 Views
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
Jul 10, 2011points - Tasted 3246 Views
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
Apr 21, 2011points - Tasted 3314 Views
Silky, fresh, round dark cherries, structure and tannin to age and layers of fresh black cherries are found in this wine.
May 7, 2013points - Tasted 2924 Views
Espresso, caramel along with red and black fruit scents pair well with its round textures and cocoa, plum finish. 90-92 Pts
Jul 10, 2011points - Tasted 3759 Views
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
Apr 21, 2011points - Tasted 3616 Views
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.
Nov 25, 2016points - Tasted 2099 Views
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
Jul 27, 2010points - Tasted 4647 Views
Medium/full bodied, with sweet, ripe, polished cherries and earthy accents, the wine is round, fresh, soft and ready to go.
May 9, 2016points - Tasted 3168 Views
Coffee, vanilla, cocoa powder. plums, blackberry and floral aromas mesh perfectly with the soft, sweet, round, dark chocolate coated, black cherry finish.
Dec 11, 2012points - Tasted 4090 Views
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.
Jul 10, 2011points - Tasted 5492 Views
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
Jul 27, 2010points - Tasted 5714 Views
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
Jul 30, 2009points - Tasted 2278 Views
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
Jul 30, 2009points - Tasted 2907 Views
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.
May 25, 2016points - Tasted 1110 Views
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.
Feb 5, 2014points - Tasted 1408 Views
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.
May 25, 2016points - Tasted 2734 Views
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.
Mar 11, 2014points - Tasted 2613 Views
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.
May 3, 2012points - Tasted 2516 Views
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.
Jun 28, 2015points - Tasted 2030 Views
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.
May 3, 2012points - Tasted 3694 Views
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.
Dec 5, 2014points - Tasted 2778 Views
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.
Aug 26, 2017points - Tasted 971 Views
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.
Nov 5, 2016points - Tasted 1533 Views
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.
May 9, 2016points - Tasted 2189 Views
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.
Nov 1, 2010points - Tasted 2648 Views