2018 Château La Fleur de Boüard Lalande de Pomerol Wine Tasting Note

2018 Château La Fleur de Boüard  (Lalande de Pomerol) 92

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

Chateau La Fleur de Bouard is much better with at least 3-5 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 offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 4-15 years of age after the vintage.

Serving 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.

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.

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