Chateau La Fleur Morange St. Emilion Bordeaux, Complete Guide

Learn everything about Chateau La Fleur Morange St. Emilion with wine tasting notes, wine, and food pairing tips, best vintages, a history of the property, and 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 Morange History, Overview

Jean-François Julien developed his interest in becoming a winemaker while working as a carpenter for Stephan von Neipperg of Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere.

The debut release for their new wine was with the semi-difficult 1999 vintage. The production was quite small, as only 75 cases were produced. The initial vintage was produced in the garage of his father-in-law. However, there was no doubt about the potential for their wine.

The following year, putting his skills as a carpenter to good use, Jean Francois Julien built their own cellar. In 2002, they brought in Claude Gros to consult on winemaking and vineyard management.

Chateau La Fleur Morange Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

For Chateau La Fleur Morange, the vineyard is planted to 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. La Fleur Morange owns some of the oldest vines in the Right Bank.

Many of their Merlot vines are over 100 years old! They have some Cabernet Franc that is over 70 years of age. Those old vines, which offer only a small amount of grapes, provide very concentrated fruit, give this wine a unique character.

The vineyard has a terroir of clay with limestone soils with crasse de fer in the subsoil. The vines are located in the clay-rich soils of St. Peyd’Armens, on the far-east side of the Saint Emilion appellation. Extensive work goes into the production of Chateau La Fleur Morange.

The effort begins like all great wineries in the vineyard. At Chateau La Fleur Morange, debudding, crop thinning up to four times, two deleafings all take place in an effort to reduce yields.

It is the goal of the estate to try and pick the fruit when it’s fully ripe. Yields are often low at La Fleur Morange. For example, in 2009, they were only 25 hectoliters per hectare.

To produce the wine of Chateau La Fleur Morange, After a 6-day cold soak at 3 degrees Celsius, the wine must is fermented in unique, 50 hectoliter, truncated, stainless steel, conical-shaped tanks with dual insulated walls. These vats isolate the wine from eventual temperature swings in the cellar.

They were the first of their kind in the Bordeaux region. Next, the wine sees a 30-day maceration. Pigeage, malolactic fermentation, and sur lies aging all take place in 100% new, French oak barrels.

The wine of Chateau La Fleur Morange is aged in 100% new French oak for about 18 months. The amount of aging varies depending on the character and quality of the vintage.

The best vintages of Chateau La Fleur Morange are: 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2010, 2009 and 2005.

Production of Chateau La Fleur Morange is on average 1,500 cases of wine per vintage.

When to Drink Chateau La Fleur Morange, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau La Fleur Morange needs some time before it can be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 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 Morange is usually better with at least 2-4 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau La Fleur Morange offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 3-12 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau La Fleur Morange with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau La Fleur Morange 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 Morange 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 Morange is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.

The estate produces another Saint Emilion wine, La Fleur Morange Mathilde. The wine sees less new oak in the barrel aging process and the fruit comes from vines that are on average, 50 years of age. Year after year the Mathilde is one of the top value wines in all of Bordeaux!

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Château La Fleur Morange Wine Tasting Notes

33 Vintages 158,843 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2023
94
Black raspberries, flowers, cherries, spice, licorice, and herbs fill the perfume. On the palate, the wine is fresh, vibrant, fruity, elegant, and polished, with loads of sweet, red berries on the backend. The wine blends 70% Merlot, with 30% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2028-2040. 93-95 Pts.

Black raspberries, flowers, cherries, spice, licorice, and herbs fill the perfume. On the palate, the wine is fresh, vibrant, fruity, elegant, and polished, with loads of sweet, red berries on the backend. The wine blends 70% Merlot, with 30% Cabernet Franc. Drink from 2028-2040. 93-95 Pts.

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2023
92
Bright, fresh, pure, and vibrant, the wine is on the red berry side of the style range, with an elegant, easy-going charm, softness, energy, and fruity charm. Year after year, this remains one of the top value plays in Saint Emilion. The wine is made from 100% Merlot from vines with more than 50 years of age. Drink from 2026-2034. 91-93 Pts

Bright, fresh, pure, and vibrant, the wine is on the red berry side of the style range, with an elegant, easy-going charm, softness, energy, and fruity charm. Year after year, this remains one of the top value plays in Saint Emilion. The wine is made from 100% Merlot from vines with more than 50 years of age. Drink from 2026-2034. 91-93 Pts

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2022
94
Dark, deep, rich, concentrated, polished, and fresh, the wine is packed with layers of black, and dark red pit fruits, espresso, cocoa, and licorice, finishing with a wave of fruit with a salty edge in the finish. Drink from 2025-2042. 93-95 Pts.

Dark, deep, rich, concentrated, polished, and fresh, the wine is packed with layers of black, and dark red pit fruits, espresso, cocoa, and licorice, finishing with a wave of fruit with a salty edge in the finish. Drink from 2025-2042. 93-95 Pts.

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2021
91
Flowers, cherries, espresso, spice and hints of savory herbs create the nose. The palate, which is even better is soft, supple and fresh, with a sweetness to its plummy, chocolatey core in the finish. Drink from 2024-2038.

Flowers, cherries, espresso, spice and hints of savory herbs create the nose. The palate, which is even better is soft, supple and fresh, with a sweetness to its plummy, chocolatey core in the finish. Drink from 2024-2038.

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Polished, soft, supple, sweet, dark cherries blend with savory, leafy herbs and earthy nuances on the nose and on the medium-bodied, soft, fresh, lively, red berry palate. Drink from 2023-2037. 90-92

Polished, soft, supple, sweet, dark cherries blend with savory, leafy herbs and earthy nuances on the nose and on the medium-bodied, soft, fresh, lively, red berry palate. Drink from 2023-2037. 90-92

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2021
90
Earthy, peppery red fruits with just a taste of oak and cocoa are perfect for the nose and palate here. The wine is forward, fresh and finishes with salty plums and savory herbs. Drink from 2024-2034

Earthy, peppery red fruits with just a taste of oak and cocoa are perfect for the nose and palate here. The wine is forward, fresh and finishes with salty plums and savory herbs. Drink from 2024-2034

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2020
94
Medium/full-bodied, the wine is packed with flowers, espresso, licorice, herbs, cherries and blackberries. Fresh, vibrant and supple on the palate, the finish leaves you with sweet, savory edged, red fruits, dark chocolate and chalky tannins with a bit of chocolate in the endnote. Drink from 2024-2045.

Medium/full-bodied, the wine is packed with flowers, espresso, licorice, herbs, cherries and blackberries. Fresh, vibrant and supple on the palate, the finish leaves you with sweet, savory edged, red fruits, dark chocolate and chalky tannins with a bit of chocolate in the endnote. Drink from 2024-2045.

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Deeply colored, the wine shows its licorice, black cherry, plum and chocolate nose quite easily. The wine is round, full-bodied, stony and fresh, with a blast of espresso and cocoa topped black cherries in the finish. 92-94 Pts

Deeply colored, the wine shows its licorice, black cherry, plum and chocolate nose quite easily. The wine is round, full-bodied, stony and fresh, with a blast of espresso and cocoa topped black cherries in the finish. 92-94 Pts

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2020
92
Flowers, cherries, licorice, plums and spice come through on the nose. On the palate, the wine is forward, lush, soft, fresh and polished, finishing with ripe, black and red plums, espresso and some cocoa on the silky backend. Drink from 2023-2038.

Flowers, cherries, licorice, plums and spice come through on the nose. On the palate, the wine is forward, lush, soft, fresh and polished, finishing with ripe, black and red plums, espresso and some cocoa on the silky backend. Drink from 2023-2038.

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Fresh, bright, juicy and packed with mineral-driven, sweet red fruits, savory herbs, dark chocolate and crushed rocks. The wine is medium-bodied, energetic and requires just a few years of cellaring before it is ready to drink. 90-92 Pts

Fresh, bright, juicy and packed with mineral-driven, sweet red fruits, savory herbs, dark chocolate and crushed rocks. The wine is medium-bodied, energetic and requires just a few years of cellaring before it is ready to drink. 90-92 Pts

2,679 Views   Tasted
2020
89
Yellow and green apples with a floral edge are created by the blending of 50% Sauvignon Blanc with 50% Sauvignon Gris. The wine is rich, ripe and creamy, and will be best in its youth. Drink from 2023-2027.

Yellow and green apples with a floral edge are created by the blending of 50% Sauvignon Blanc with 50% Sauvignon Gris. The wine is rich, ripe and creamy, and will be best in its youth. Drink from 2023-2027.

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Orange flowers, honeysuckle, white peach and lemon rind show perfectly in the nose and on the lush, creamy, fresh palate. You can drink this now and over the near future.

Orange flowers, honeysuckle, white peach and lemon rind show perfectly in the nose and on the lush, creamy, fresh palate. You can drink this now and over the near future.

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The debut vintage blends 50% Sauvignon Blanc with 50% Sauvignon Gris to produce an almost golden, yellow-colored wine. Very floral in its nature, the wine offers sweet, honeyed grapefruit and peach notes. Rich and creamy, this will be best in its youth. 89 Pts

The debut vintage blends 50% Sauvignon Blanc with 50% Sauvignon Gris to produce an almost golden, yellow-colored wine. Very floral in its nature, the wine offers sweet, honeyed grapefruit and peach notes. Rich and creamy, this will be best in its youth. 89 Pts

2,756 Views   Tasted
2019
93
Black cherries, figs and orange rind with hints of tobacco and cocoa are at the core of this wines character. Medium/full-bodied with a chewy, tannic edge to the finish that needs time to soften. Drink from 2025-2040.

Black cherries, figs and orange rind with hints of tobacco and cocoa are at the core of this wines character. Medium/full-bodied with a chewy, tannic edge to the finish that needs time to soften. Drink from 2025-2040.

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Produced from 100 year old vines which provide fabulous concentration, the wine is ripe, rich, opulent and loaded with licorice, smoke, flowers, black and blue fruit, espresso and wet earth. With a good depth of flavor, the fruit covers your palate and hangs with you in the finish. 93-95 Pts

Produced from 100 year old vines which provide fabulous concentration, the wine is ripe, rich, opulent and loaded with licorice, smoke, flowers, black and blue fruit, espresso and wet earth. With a good depth of flavor, the fruit covers your palate and hangs with you in the finish. 93-95 Pts

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2019
91
White flowers, savory herbs, earth and red fruits are found on the nose and on the soft, silky, fresh, lifted palate. The finish tastes as good as it feels. A superb example of a Bordeaux value wine that sells for a song and delivers a lot of bang for the buck. Based on how well my 2005's are doing, can age 15-20 years as well.

White flowers, savory herbs, earth and red fruits are found on the nose and on the soft, silky, fresh, lifted palate. The finish tastes as good as it feels. A superb example of a Bordeaux value wine that sells for a song and delivers a lot of bang for the buck. Based on how well my 2005's are doing, can age 15-20 years as well.

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A superb example of a Bordeaux value wine that sells for a song, yet delivers a wine rich in fruit, round in texture and nuances of smoke, plums, dark cherries and licorice that while it can be enjoyed young, based on how well my 2005's are doing, can age up to 2 decades. 90-92 Pts

A superb example of a Bordeaux value wine that sells for a song, yet delivers a wine rich in fruit, round in texture and nuances of smoke, plums, dark cherries and licorice that while it can be enjoyed young, based on how well my 2005's are doing, can age up to 2 decades. 90-92 Pts

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2018
93
Deep dark color and fruit with layers of lush, ripe, sweet, black plums, licorice, coffee and dark cocoa. The round, firm, full-bodied finish leaves you with sweet, dark red pit fruits, fennel and chocolate. Give it a few years in the cellar and it will be even better.

Deep dark color and fruit with layers of lush, ripe, sweet, black plums, licorice, coffee and dark cocoa. The round, firm, full-bodied finish leaves you with sweet, dark red pit fruits, fennel and chocolate. Give it a few years in the cellar and it will be even better.

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Crushed rocks and fresh red fruits are all over the place here. Silky, ripe, sweet and vibrant, with a spicy, mineral driven, salty end note. Give this 5-7 years in the cellar to really come together and it could score even higher.

Crushed rocks and fresh red fruits are all over the place here. Silky, ripe, sweet and vibrant, with a spicy, mineral driven, salty end note. Give this 5-7 years in the cellar to really come together and it could score even higher.

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Round, fresh, ripe and focused on its core of black cherry, smoke, licorice and mineral notes, this is going hit the tip with just a few years of age. 91-93 Pts

Round, fresh, ripe and focused on its core of black cherry, smoke, licorice and mineral notes, this is going hit the tip with just a few years of age. 91-93 Pts

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2018
91
Earthy black cherries, herbs, plum and thyme notes fill the core of this wine. Ripe, round, fresh and with a stony complexity, along with layers of sweet, dark plum and cherry tones on the palate and in the finish. Year after year, this remains one of the top value plays in Saint Emilion.

Earthy black cherries, herbs, plum and thyme notes fill the core of this wine. Ripe, round, fresh and with a stony complexity, along with layers of sweet, dark plum and cherry tones on the palate and in the finish. Year after year, this remains one of the top value plays in Saint Emilion.

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Round, fresh, ripe and focused on its core of black cherry, smoke, licorice and mineral notes, this is going hit the tip with just a few years of age. 90-92 Pts

Round, fresh, ripe and focused on its core of black cherry, smoke, licorice and mineral notes, this is going hit the tip with just a few years of age. 90-92 Pts

3,507 Views   Tasted
2017
92
Round, soft, sweet with fruits on all sides of the plummy range, this medium/full-bodied wine with espresso, smoke, licorice and dark cherries keeps you pleasantly engaged right down to the endnote.

Round, soft, sweet with fruits on all sides of the plummy range, this medium/full-bodied wine with espresso, smoke, licorice and dark cherries keeps you pleasantly engaged right down to the endnote.

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2016
93
The natural concentration that comes from 100 year old vines shines through. Round, supple and still showing some oak, especially on the palate, the wine is fresh, earthy, ripe and fleshy. It is going to need time and its tightly wound at the moment, so give it at least 5-7 years before popping a cork.

The natural concentration that comes from 100 year old vines shines through. Round, supple and still showing some oak, especially on the palate, the wine is fresh, earthy, ripe and fleshy. It is going to need time and its tightly wound at the moment, so give it at least 5-7 years before popping a cork.

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Soft, fresh, ripe dark red fruits, that show a great blend juicy plums, cherries, licorice, smoke and stone. All this is made even better with true old vine 100 year old Merlot. Those deep roots really helped in this very dry vintage.

Soft, fresh, ripe dark red fruits, that show a great blend juicy plums, cherries, licorice, smoke and stone. All this is made even better with true old vine 100 year old Merlot. Those deep roots really helped in this very dry vintage.

4,238 Views   Tasted
2016
91
Fleshy, ripe, forward and showing loads of fresh spicy berries, earth and licorice, this is good to go on release.

Fleshy, ripe, forward and showing loads of fresh spicy berries, earth and licorice, this is good to go on release.

2,802 Views   Tasted
2015
93
Round, lush, forward and while still young and in its fruit-filled days, the wine is already a pleasure to taste with its plushly textured black and dark red fruits, licorice, and crushed stone character. Another 3 years or so will add secondary nuances and more softness to its character.

Round, lush, forward and while still young and in its fruit-filled days, the wine is already a pleasure to taste with its plushly textured black and dark red fruits, licorice, and crushed stone character. Another 3 years or so will add secondary nuances and more softness to its character.

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With vines that are some of the oldest in the appellation at 100 years of age, the shows deep color. There is concentration, licorice, black plum and espresso notes with round textures and a soft, supple, sweet, dark berry infused finish. Made from 100% old vine Merlot, this can age easily for 10-20 years

With vines that are some of the oldest in the appellation at 100 years of age, the shows deep color. There is concentration, licorice, black plum and espresso notes with round textures and a soft, supple, sweet, dark berry infused finish. Made from 100% old vine Merlot, this can age easily for 10-20 years

2,305 Views   Tasted
Made from plus-sized, ripe, dark red fruits, black licorice, espresso and plums, this wine is concentrated, supple and long with freshness and fruit that carries all the way through. It is amazing to think that this wine was made from fruit harvested from vines that are over 100-years old!

Made from plus-sized, ripe, dark red fruits, black licorice, espresso and plums, this wine is concentrated, supple and long with freshness and fruit that carries all the way through. It is amazing to think that this wine was made from fruit harvested from vines that are over 100-years old!

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2015
91
As this is always the first Bordeaux from a new vintage I see delivered in the states, I've already popped a few corks from my case. Give it 1-2 hours of air, as this wine gets better, softer and more interesting than you might initially suspect. Full bodied, round and mineralistic, the licorice, ripe, juicy black cherries and plums are there from start to finish.

As this is always the first Bordeaux from a new vintage I see delivered in the states, I've already popped a few corks from my case. Give it 1-2 hours of air, as this wine gets better, softer and more interesting than you might initially suspect. Full bodied, round and mineralistic, the licorice, ripe, juicy black cherries and plums are there from start to finish.

3,274 Views   Tasted
As this is always the first Bordeaux from a new vintage I see delivered in the states, I've already popped a few corks from my case. Give it 1-2 hours of air, as this wine gets better, softer and more interesting than you might initially suspect. Full bodied, round and mineralistic, the licorice, ripe, juicy black cherries and plums are there from start to finish.

As this is always the first Bordeaux from a new vintage I see delivered in the states, I've already popped a few corks from my case. Give it 1-2 hours of air, as this wine gets better, softer and more interesting than you might initially suspect. Full bodied, round and mineralistic, the licorice, ripe, juicy black cherries and plums are there from start to finish.

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The first bottle from a case did not disappoint. Dark in color, with licorice, black and blue fruit with smoke and herbs come to the surface with just a swirl. Full bodied fresh and lush, with softness to the tannins and a strong mineral component, the wine ends with sweet, ripe, juicy, dark red berries and crushed stone. 2-4 years will add more softness. Decanted just 20 minutes or so, this would benefit from an hour or so of air. It is hard to find a better wine at this price range as it sells for about $22.00.

The first bottle from a case did not disappoint. Dark in color, with licorice, black and blue fruit with smoke and herbs come to the surface with just a swirl. Full bodied fresh and lush, with softness to the tannins and a strong mineral component, the wine ends with sweet, ripe, juicy, dark red berries and crushed stone. 2-4 years will add more softness. Decanted just 20 minutes or so, this would benefit from an hour or so of air. It is hard to find a better wine at this price range as it sells for about $22.00.

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2014
92
Medium-bodied, earthy, stony, red pit fruits, licorice and cocoa scents show on the nose. Soft texturally, round and fresh, with an earthy side to its tony fruit, this is just now entering its initial stage of prime time drinking.

Medium-bodied, earthy, stony, red pit fruits, licorice and cocoa scents show on the nose. Soft texturally, round and fresh, with an earthy side to its tony fruit, this is just now entering its initial stage of prime time drinking.

2,769 Views   Tasted
Made with fruit pulled from vines that are over 100-years old, this wine pops with licorice, dark red fruits, limestone and earth. Fused with fresh-brewed espresso and cocoa, this full-bodied, lustfully textured vintage finishes with smooth, fresh red and black berries. Produced from a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14% ABV. 91-93 Pts

Made with fruit pulled from vines that are over 100-years old, this wine pops with licorice, dark red fruits, limestone and earth. Fused with fresh-brewed espresso and cocoa, this full-bodied, lustfully textured vintage finishes with smooth, fresh red and black berries. Produced from a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14% ABV. 91-93 Pts

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2014
90
Fleshy, ripe and round with a profile of anise, black cherry, oak and cocoa, this wine is forward, smooth and delivers fresh black cherries in the finish. 100% Merlot, this vintage comes from vines that average 50 years of age -- quite amazing when you consider how little the estate charges for the wine. 89-91 Pts

Fleshy, ripe and round with a profile of anise, black cherry, oak and cocoa, this wine is forward, smooth and delivers fresh black cherries in the finish. 100% Merlot, this vintage comes from vines that average 50 years of age -- quite amazing when you consider how little the estate charges for the wine. 89-91 Pts

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2013
91
Oaky with juicy black raspberry and black cherry, the wine offers sweet fruit, balance and round textures but with a little bit too much oak. Aging in 100% new French oak, the wine is comprised of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and reached 13.7% ABV. Only 200 cases were produced in this difficult vintage. 90-92 Pts

Oaky with juicy black raspberry and black cherry, the wine offers sweet fruit, balance and round textures but with a little bit too much oak. Aging in 100% new French oak, the wine is comprised of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and reached 13.7% ABV. Only 200 cases were produced in this difficult vintage. 90-92 Pts

1,962 Views   Tasted
2013
90
With a nose of boysenberry, licorice, coffee bean and cocoa, the wine is fleshy and fun. It’s going to be easy to drink on release. Produced from 100% old-vine Merlot, this remains one of the top value wines of the Right Bank. 89-91 Pts

With a nose of boysenberry, licorice, coffee bean and cocoa, the wine is fleshy and fun. It’s going to be easy to drink on release. Produced from 100% old-vine Merlot, this remains one of the top value wines of the Right Bank. 89-91 Pts

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2012
91
With a good depth of color for the vintage, the wine displays licorice, fennel, earth, coffee and plum notes. Rich, with depth of flavor and roundness, there is a lot to like in this wine. 90-93 Pts

With a good depth of color for the vintage, the wine displays licorice, fennel, earth, coffee and plum notes. Rich, with depth of flavor and roundness, there is a lot to like in this wine. 90-93 Pts

2,579 Views   Tasted
2012
87
This wine has smoke, vanilla, soft fruits, ripe jammy berries, but a touch of dryness in the finish. 86-88 Pts

This wine has smoke, vanilla, soft fruits, ripe jammy berries, but a touch of dryness in the finish. 86-88 Pts

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2011
92
From an even split of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the wine is made from vines that are over 100 years old and aged in 100% new oak. This round-textured St. Emilion opens with coffee, truffle, chocolate and black cherry and ends with a black cherry-filled finish. 92-93 Pts

From an even split of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the wine is made from vines that are over 100 years old and aged in 100% new oak. This round-textured St. Emilion opens with coffee, truffle, chocolate and black cherry and ends with a black cherry-filled finish. 92-93 Pts

2,715 Views   Tasted
2011
90
Produced from 100% Merlot that comes from vines that average 50 years of age, this St. Emilion remains one the top value plays in Bordeaux wine. Reaching 14.5% ABV, this wine shows licorice, black cherry and jam aromas, soft, round textures and a sweet, black raspberry finish. 90-91 Pts

Produced from 100% Merlot that comes from vines that average 50 years of age, this St. Emilion remains one the top value plays in Bordeaux wine. Reaching 14.5% ABV, this wine shows licorice, black cherry and jam aromas, soft, round textures and a sweet, black raspberry finish. 90-91 Pts

3,160 Views   Tasted
2010
93
Ripe, rich, concentrated, full-bodied and lush, the wine is packed with sweet, fresh, dark red fruits, black raspberries, plums, smoke, licorice and coffee bean. The round tannins and layers of fruit with a hint of chocolate shine through on the finish.

Ripe, rich, concentrated, full-bodied and lush, the wine is packed with sweet, fresh, dark red fruits, black raspberries, plums, smoke, licorice and coffee bean. The round tannins and layers of fruit with a hint of chocolate shine through on the finish.

2,735 Views   Tasted
2010
91
I keep posting tasting notes on the wines from Jean Francois Julien , La Fleur Morange so people can find out about the best value from St. Emilion today. From 50 year old vines, this concentrated, deep wine is filled with licorice, blackberries and earth. This is the most powerful vintage from the estate yet. Give it 2-3 years to let the wine soften and develop. This is a purchase by the case wine.

I keep posting tasting notes on the wines from Jean Francois Julien , La Fleur Morange so people can find out about the best value from St. Emilion today. From 50 year old vines, this concentrated, deep wine is filled with licorice, blackberries and earth. This is the most powerful vintage from the estate yet. Give it 2-3 years to let the wine soften and develop. This is a purchase by the case wine.

4,533 Views   Tasted
It's going to be very hard to find a better value in Bordeaux these days. For about $20, you get a wine that's inky in color, with licorice, chocolate covered blackberries, blueberry, smoke and truffle. The wine is rich, full bodied and round, with the tannin and structure to age and develop. I popped and poured a bottle with dinner, it was much better with 30 minutes of air. This is a wine to purchase by the case!

It's going to be very hard to find a better value in Bordeaux these days. For about $20, you get a wine that's inky in color, with licorice, chocolate covered blackberries, blueberry, smoke and truffle. The wine is rich, full bodied and round, with the tannin and structure to age and develop. I popped and poured a bottle with dinner, it was much better with 30 minutes of air. This is a wine to purchase by the case!

3,796 Views   Tasted
La Fleur Morange Mathilde is made from 100% old vine Merlot. Old being the operative word as the average of the vines is 50 years! Opening with aromas of stone, licorice, fresh plums and blueberries, this concentrated wine finishes with plush, chocolate, licorice and jammy dark berries. This is another Bordeaux wine that deserves an award for continually pairing high quality, character and fair prices. The wine will be aged in 50% new oak. 91-93 Pts

La Fleur Morange Mathilde is made from 100% old vine Merlot. Old being the operative word as the average of the vines is 50 years! Opening with aromas of stone, licorice, fresh plums and blueberries, this concentrated wine finishes with plush, chocolate, licorice and jammy dark berries. This is another Bordeaux wine that deserves an award for continually pairing high quality, character and fair prices. The wine will be aged in 50% new oak. 91-93 Pts

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2009
93
Still deep in color, the wine is lushly textured, rich, full and mineral-driven. The salt lick in the tannins matches perfectly with all the ripe black cherry, dark plum, licorice, espresso bean and cocoa. From a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, this is ready to go.

Still deep in color, the wine is lushly textured, rich, full and mineral-driven. The salt lick in the tannins matches perfectly with all the ripe black cherry, dark plum, licorice, espresso bean and cocoa. From a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, this is ready to go.

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2009
91
If this isn't the best value in St. Emilion, I do not know what is. Vintage after vintage, this small estate, located in the extreme eastern sector of St. Emilion produces outstanding wine for about $20. The 2009 continues that tradition with its licorice, stone and black cherry personality. Opulent and fleshy, this ripe Bordeaux value wine drinks great now and should offer pleasure for at least another 10-12 years or more. Produced from 100% Merlot grown in 50 year olds, the wine combines early appeal, the ability to age and complexity for about $20!

If this isn't the best value in St. Emilion, I do not know what is. Vintage after vintage, this small estate, located in the extreme eastern sector of St. Emilion produces outstanding wine for about $20. The 2009 continues that tradition with its licorice, stone and black cherry personality. Opulent and fleshy, this ripe Bordeaux value wine drinks great now and should offer pleasure for at least another 10-12 years or more. Produced from 100% Merlot grown in 50 year olds, the wine combines early appeal, the ability to age and complexity for about $20!

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Produced from 100% old vine Merlot, the aromatics are packed with licorice, black cherry, blackberry jam, chocolate and espresso bean aromas which quickly grab your attention. On the palate, this flashy, rich, supple and already delicious wine is all about juicy, sweet ripe fruit and hedonistic pleasure. All that and change for $20 for consumers that purchased it as a future! It's a little more today, and it's worth buying. Year after year, this is a serious contender for the best value wine in Bordeaux. Bravo!

Produced from 100% old vine Merlot, the aromatics are packed with licorice, black cherry, blackberry jam, chocolate and espresso bean aromas which quickly grab your attention. On the palate, this flashy, rich, supple and already delicious wine is all about juicy, sweet ripe fruit and hedonistic pleasure. All that and change for $20 for consumers that purchased it as a future! It's a little more today, and it's worth buying. Year after year, this is a serious contender for the best value wine in Bordeaux. Bravo!

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2008
90
Fully ready to go with its medium/full-bodied, earthy cherry, plum, leaf, coffee and tobacco-oriented character. Round, earthy, sweet and fresh with loads of ripe cherries and a touch of licorice in the finish.

Fully ready to go with its medium/full-bodied, earthy cherry, plum, leaf, coffee and tobacco-oriented character. Round, earthy, sweet and fresh with loads of ripe cherries and a touch of licorice in the finish.

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2005
91
Priced at close to $15, the wine continues paying dividends. Popped and poured, the earthy, licorice, smoke and dark cherries on the nose are just perfect. Soft, round, medium/full-bodied, with loads of earthy, tobacco-stained, red fruits on the palate, this is at peak, or slightly past peak. If you are holding on to any, I'd opt for drinking them over the next 3-4 years.

Priced at close to $15, the wine continues paying dividends. Popped and poured, the earthy, licorice, smoke and dark cherries on the nose are just perfect. Soft, round, medium/full-bodied, with loads of earthy, tobacco-stained, red fruits on the palate, this is at peak, or slightly past peak. If you are holding on to any, I'd opt for drinking them over the next 3-4 years.

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With a nose of chocolate mint, black cherry, espresso, licorice and smoke, the wine is round, smooth and packed with spicy, coffee tinged plum and cherry notes. For the whopping release price of $17, this has to be the value wine of the vintage. Popped and poured, the wine improved in the glass for the hour or so that it lasted, before we finished it. Current vintages from the best years all seem to be at the same level, and still sell for an incredibly low price.

With a nose of chocolate mint, black cherry, espresso, licorice and smoke, the wine is round, smooth and packed with spicy, coffee tinged plum and cherry notes. For the whopping release price of $17, this has to be the value wine of the vintage. Popped and poured, the wine improved in the glass for the hour or so that it lasted, before we finished it. Current vintages from the best years all seem to be at the same level, and still sell for an incredibly low price.

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The best buy of the vintage is still going strong, with its earthy, plum, licorice and dark cherry nose and its black cherry filled finish. This winner was a whopping $14 on release!

The best buy of the vintage is still going strong, with its earthy, plum, licorice and dark cherry nose and its black cherry filled finish. This winner was a whopping $14 on release!

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Licorice, earth, black raspberry and stone aromas opened to a tight wine that needed a few hours to open. After 2 hours of air, soft textured cherries could be found in the finish. There is a hint of chalk in the end note. Based on this bottle, I'd give it a few hours of air, or wait 2-3 years. It's remarkable that this wine was purchased for about $14 a bottle! The steal of the vintage!

Licorice, earth, black raspberry and stone aromas opened to a tight wine that needed a few hours to open. After 2 hours of air, soft textured cherries could be found in the finish. There is a hint of chalk in the end note. Based on this bottle, I'd give it a few hours of air, or wait 2-3 years. It's remarkable that this wine was purchased for about $14 a bottle! The steal of the vintage!

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The color of a young wine, this has not changed in hue since it was released. Licorice, truffle, blackberry jam, smoke, coffee and earthy scents pop with little effort. Full bodied and packed with layers of ripe, jammy, juicy fruit, the wine ends a round, fat, black cherry and mocha finish. I'm not sure how much complexity this will develop in time, my instincts say it will get better over the next 5-10 years. What I do know is, if this style of St. Emilion sounds like it's your thing, buy the 2009 and 2010 by the case now. They cost nothing and like the 2005, with so little wine being made, prices will only go higher.

The color of a young wine, this has not changed in hue since it was released. Licorice, truffle, blackberry jam, smoke, coffee and earthy scents pop with little effort. Full bodied and packed with layers of ripe, jammy, juicy fruit, the wine ends a round, fat, black cherry and mocha finish. I'm not sure how much complexity this will develop in time, my instincts say it will get better over the next 5-10 years. What I do know is, if this style of St. Emilion sounds like it's your thing, buy the 2009 and 2010 by the case now. They cost nothing and like the 2005, with so little wine being made, prices will only go higher.

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Coffee, licorice, smoke, boackberry jam, smoke and earthy aromas are easy to find. After 45 minutes in the glass, the wine softened, offering plush textures and layers of sweet, ripe, juicy, plums and dark chocolate. This beauty turned out to be one of the best value Bordeaux wines from a legendary vintage!

Coffee, licorice, smoke, boackberry jam, smoke and earthy aromas are easy to find. After 45 minutes in the glass, the wine softened, offering plush textures and layers of sweet, ripe, juicy, plums and dark chocolate. This beauty turned out to be one of the best value Bordeaux wines from a legendary vintage!

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Black licorice, coffee, cherry and cherry chocolate aromas. Full bodied, tannic, still young, but starting to come around, this licorice and chocolate blackberry filled wine will continue to improve for at least another 5-7 years. In current vintages, due to the microscopic amounts produced, this is one the few Bordeaux wines worth buying as a future. For fun, I looked on online while tasting this wine, and only one was offering was available on Winesearcher, and that was for auction. For the princely sum of $15, this was an amazing score!

Black licorice, coffee, cherry and cherry chocolate aromas. Full bodied, tannic, still young, but starting to come around, this licorice and chocolate blackberry filled wine will continue to improve for at least another 5-7 years. In current vintages, due to the microscopic amounts produced, this is one the few Bordeaux wines worth buying as a future. For fun, I looked on online while tasting this wine, and only one was offering was available on Winesearcher, and that was for auction. For the princely sum of $15, this was an amazing score!

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2005
92
Starting to show well as it approaches its tenth birthday, licorice, earth, black cherry liqueuer and wet earth scents open to a round, soft, smooth, concentrated wine with a rich, fresh, black and red plum finish. Made from a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the vines average close to 100 years of age.

Starting to show well as it approaches its tenth birthday, licorice, earth, black cherry liqueuer and wet earth scents open to a round, soft, smooth, concentrated wine with a rich, fresh, black and red plum finish. Made from a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the vines average close to 100 years of age.

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2000
91
Fully mature, with a round personality and the essence of smoke, thyme, black cherry, plum and coffee bean. Soft, smooth, and with a ripe, sweet, round, fruity finish, this is ready to go.

Fully mature, with a round personality and the essence of smoke, thyme, black cherry, plum and coffee bean. Soft, smooth, and with a ripe, sweet, round, fruity finish, this is ready to go.

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