Robert Parker 98
The Guinaudeau family’s mantra is to "never submit to the vintage," and in 2021 that meant 10 sleepless nights of frost protection and a growing season that required quick reactions to perform the necessary treatments without neglecting the other important viticultural tasks of the year. The reward is the profound 2021 Lafleur, a brilliant blend of 52% Cabernet Franc and 48% Merlot that wafts from the glass with aromas of wild berries, violets, rose petals, vine smoke and black truffle. Full-bodied, layered and seamless, it’s deep and penetrating, with superb concentration and beautifully refined structuring tannins, concluding with a long, resonant finish. A monument in the making, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it transcend my bracketed score when revisited in bottle.
Jean-Marc Quarin 96
Couleur sombre, intense et belle. Nez tres aromatique, fin, fruite, subtil et complexe. C’est un autre monde ! Bouche jamais autant bourguignonne, a l’eclat fruite majeur, a la delicatesse du toucher noble ou tout caresse, harmonieux, captivant et strictement impossible a cracher. Un delice. Assemblage : 52 % bouchet, 48 % merlot. Degre d’alcool : 13 5.
Anticipated maturity: 2028-2043