Enigma Variations: Lafleur 1955-2015 (Nov 2018)

The 2003 Lafleur now sports a slightly muted, rather one-dimensional bouquet, that on this occasion is shown up by the superior and more vigorous 2001 Lafleur. Dark berry fruit, hints of cola intermingle with sandalwood and sage on the nose. The palate is full-bodied for this Pomerol with supple tannin, quite grippy in the mouth with a peppery, voluminous finish. I just feel there is a very slight vegetal element on the aftertaste that is possibly due to the short hang time. It is very creditable for the vintage but the bottom line is: it is not a great Lafleur, but a good Pomerol in context. Tasted at the Christies’ Lafleur masterclass in London.