Vineyard size :
3.75 hectares (9.26 acres)
Vineyard grape varietals:
50% Merlot – 50% Cabernet Franc
Soil types :
Gravel on sandy clay (1.4 ha/3.4 acres)
Gravel on clay (1.5 ha/3.7 acres)
Gravelly sand (0.95 ha/2.34 acres)
This tiny vineyard traces its origin back to 1872, when M. Greloud, owner of Château Le Gay, purchased a few hectares neighboring his vineyard as they became available. He soon realised the exceptional quality of these soils and decided to vinify them separately, thus giving birth to Château Lafleur.
An icon of the appellation, Château Lafleur owes its reputation to the incredible complexity of its terroir: a veritable patchwork of soils and sub-soils of different gravels, loess and clays marked by an iron-rich sublayer. The careful attention of the Guinaudeau family, descendants of the visionary M. Greloud, has ensured the wine’s rank at the top of Bordeaux’ greats.
Planted with a high percentage of Cabernet Franc for the appellation, the vineyard is maintained like a garden, plot by plot, in order to produce grapes of optimal ripeness. Vinification, which is above all gentle and respectful of the fruit, takes place in small concrete vats; the wine is then aged in oak barrels, half of which are renewed each year.
Born from a passion that has inspired the same family for over 150 years, the wines of Château Lafleur are crafted with no concessions to fashion. Deep and whole, they are exceptional for the precision of their tannic structure and the legendary mineral character of this unique terroir.
The small size and naturally low yields of the vineyard have made Château Lafleur’s wines very rare and prized by knowledgeable amateurs the world over