PENSÉES DE LAFLEUR
2nd wine of Château Lafleur
0.8 hectare (1.97 acre)
Vineyard grape varietals:
50% Merlot – 50% Cabernet Franc
Pensées de Lafleur, originally conceived as the second wine of Château Lafleur, became a cru in its own right starting in the early 2000s.
The tiny vineyard of Lafleur 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, the wines made from this vineyard owe their reputation to the incredible complexity of the 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. The parcels dedicated to Pensées de Lafleur are sandier on the surface and less gravelly than the parcels intended for Lafleur. Their subsoil, however, is deeper and richer, with an important presence of ferric clay. Less precocious than most of the Lafleur parcels, the fruit is usually harvested later as well. Pensées de Lafleur enjoys the same vinification and aging methods as Lafleur: 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.
Combining finesse and complexity, Pensées de Lafleur is a rare wine prized by amateurs the world over due to the very limited quantities produced.