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Chateau Lafleur
Location: Chateau Lafleur is located in the Pomerol Appellation about 200 meters north of Chateau Petrus and Chateau Lafleur-Petrus.
Classification: The chateaux of Pomerol were never officially classified but Chateau Lafleur is one of the top quality properties in Pomerol. It is perhaps the only chateau in Pomerol that can rival Chateau Petrus.
Vineyards: Lafleur has 4 hectares (about 10 acres) of vineyards composed of fine gravel with a layer of clay. The vineyards are planted with 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc with an average age of the vines at nearly 40 years. The planting density is 5,900 vines per hectare. Even though AOC regulations allow a yield of 40 hectoliters per hectare, the actual yield at Chateau Lafleur is closer to 1/2 that amount.
  Winemaking: The wines at Chateau Lafleur are fermented in concrete vats with long maceration. The wines are transferred into oak barrels for 18 months for malolactic fermentation and aging. One third to one half of the barrels are replaced with new ones each year. The wines are fined with egg-whites just prior to bottling. Production is about 1,000 cases per year with an added 250 cases of the second wine.
History: In the middle 1700's, Chateau Lafleur was part of a property named 'Le Manoir de Gay'. It was purchased by the Greloud family. 'Le Manoir de Gay' was divided into two properties, Domain de Lafleur and Chateau Le Gay. The two sons of the Greloud family, Henri and Emile, each took ownership of one of the Chateaux. Henri Greloud became the owner of Domaine de Lafleur. Lafleur was eventually inherited by the Groloud's son-in-law André Robin. André was the first member of the Robin family to own the property. It was Andre who imprinted on Chateau Lafleur his personal motto, "Qualité passe quantité" (quality surpasses quantity). Several other members of the Robin family have managed Lafleur during their ownership. Jean-Pierre Moueix has been winemaking consultant since 1982 and has brokered the wines of Chateau Lafleur for serveral decades.
Style: Chateau Lafleur is known for its very generous aromas, depth of color, concentrated and rich flavors, and long finish.
Food: Lafleur matchs well with beef, lamb, veal and game.
Second Wine: "Les Pensées de Lafleur"