Deep-set, dark stony aromas with hints of graphite, before dark cherries and plums frame a measured approach to oak. It rolls out very smooth tannins on the palate amid fresh blackberry and dark-plum fruits. Some warming oak spices to close. Finishes really fresh. This is impressive. Best from 2021.
Barrel Sample. Firm with spicy, generous tannins, this is a wine that is showing both ripe black fruits and wood aging flavors. The wood will temper as the ripe, full black fruits develop. It has good aging potential. (RV)
Produced mainly from Merlot with just 2% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Lafleur-Gazin has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and is scented of warm black cherries, black raspberries, forest floor and red roses with touches of bay leaves and new leather. The medium to full-bodied palate has a firm foundation of chewy tannins and just enough freshness curtailing the intense black and red fruit flavors, finishing with a lovely herbal lift. (LPB)
Ripe, with a silky and refined structure that lets alluring plum, cassis and bitter cherry fruit flavors glide through, inlaid with singed apple wood details and a light tobacco thread. The fruit is persistent, showing a flash of savory at the very end. Best from 2020 through 2030. (JM)
The 2015 Lafleur-Gazin remains quite powerful and intense, but now shows much better balance, especially in its tannins, than it did from barrel. Super-ripe red cherry, tobacco, dried flowers, herbs and spices add layers of complexity. I expect the 2015 will offer its best drinking sooner rather than later, as the flavors are already a touch advanced and roasted in profile. (AG)
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