Château La Fleur de Boüard

Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend

9.0257 ratings
8.935 pro ratings
Lalande de Pomerol, Libournais, Bordeaux, France
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

The nose reveals, dark currants, ripe, slightly liqueur; blackberries, black plum, dark cherries, black raspberries, charred strawberries, hints of cooked rhubarb and raspberries. Mixed berry licorice/cola, anise, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, touch clove, steeped fruit tea, herbaceous notes, leather, tobacco, charcoal, wood shavings, limestone minerals, dry stones, a little forest floor, dark fresh florals, lavender & violets.

The body is round, lush with some dusty tannins on the long set. It’s really beautiful right now but, there is still better things ahead over the next 5-8 years before it peaks. It’s silky & satiny. The structure, length, tension and balance are really starting to hit its stride. Dark currants, ripe, slightly liqueur; blackberries, black plum, dark cherries, black raspberries, plum, charred strawberries, hints of cooked rhubarb and raspberries. Mixed berry licorice/cola, anise, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, touch clove, mocha powder, medium dark spice, steeped fruit tea, herbaceous notes, mint, expresso roast, leather, cedar, limestone minerals, dry stones, crushed dry rock & clay, a little forest floor, dark fresh florals, lavender & violets. The acidity is round & beautiful...really shows the greatness of the vintage. The finish is; lush, rich, ripe, elegant, well balanced, polished and quite persistent.

Photos of, Chateau La Fleur de Bouard, the tops of the stainless steel tanks that flow by gravity into the tanks that hang from the other side of the floor/ceiling and their Merlot vines.

I think this was under $35 when I bought it in futures.

Producer history & notes...Chateau La Fleur de Bouard was started by Hubert de Bouard, the owner of Chateau Angelus and Chateau Bellevue in St. Emilion. Hubert de Bouard purchased the vineyard from in 1998. This is a relatively new wine, as the first year for the wine was produced with the 2000 vintage.

Chateau La Fleur de Bouard is produced from a specific a two hectare parcel of old vines that are around 45 years of age, situated on the Lalande de Pomerol Plateau. The vineyard for Chateau La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus is planted to 100% old vine Merlot.

In 2011, La Fleur de Bouard completed a multi-year, top to bottom reconstruction of their entire wine making making facilities and the chateau, making this one of the most modern estates in the Right Bank. The most striking new feature is their hanging, reverse, conical, stainless steel vats as shown in my photos.

The production of La Fleur de Bouard sees a five day cold soak at 10 degrees Celsius and a four-week maceration in “OVNI” stainless steel tanks. The wine is vinified in a combination of stainless steel vats and short, squat shaped oak barrels. The wine receives regular pigeages.

Malolactic fermentation takes place in 100% new, French oak barrels from four different coopers, Taransaud (40%), Demptos (40%), Darnajou (15%) and Vicard (5%). Aging sur lies takes place in 100% new, French oak barrels for an estimated 33 months prior to bottling. The wine requires collaring time for the oak to fully integrate into the wine, and for the secondary notes to develop.

The nose reveals, dark currants, ripe, slightly liqueur; blackberries, black plum, dark cherries, black raspberries, charred strawberries, hints of cooked rhubarb and raspberries. Mixed berry licorice/cola, anise, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, touch clove, steeped fruit tea, herbaceous notes, leather, tobacco, charcoal, wood shavings, limestone minerals, dry stones, a little forest floor, dark fresh florals, lavender & violets.

The body is round, lush with some dusty tannins on the long set. It’s really beautiful right now but, there is still better things ahead over the next 5-8 years before it peaks. It’s silky & satiny. The structure, length, tension and balance are really starting to hit its stride. Dark currants, ripe, slightly liqueur; blackberries, black plum, dark cherries, black raspberries, plum, charred strawberries, hints of cooked rhubarb and raspberries. Mixed berry licorice/cola, anise, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, touch clove, mocha powder, medium dark spice, steeped fruit tea, herbaceous notes, mint, expresso roast, leather, cedar, limestone minerals, dry stones, crushed dry rock & clay, a little forest floor, dark fresh florals, lavender & violets. The acidity is round & beautiful...really shows the greatness of the vintage. The finish is; lush, rich, ripe, elegant, well balanced, polished and quite persistent.

Photos of, Chateau La Fleur de Bouard, the tops of the stainless steel tanks that flow by gravity into the tanks that hang from the other side of the floor/ceiling and their Merlot vines.

I think this was under $35 when I bought it in futures.

Producer history & notes...Chateau La Fleur de Bouard was started by Hubert de Bouard, the owner of Chateau Angelus and Chateau Bellevue in St. Emilion. Hubert de Bouard purchased the vineyard from in 1998. This is a relatively new wine, as the first year for the wine was produced with the 2000 vintage.

Chateau La Fleur de Bouard is produced from a specific a two hectare parcel of old vines that are around 45 years of age, situated on the Lalande de Pomerol Plateau. The vineyard for Chateau La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus is planted to 100% old vine Merlot.

In 2011, La Fleur de Bouard completed a multi-year, top to bottom reconstruction of their entire wine making making facilities and the chateau, making this one of the most modern estates in the Right Bank. The most striking new feature is their hanging, reverse, conical, stainless steel vats as shown in my photos.

The production of La Fleur de Bouard sees a five day cold soak at 10 degrees Celsius and a four-week maceration in “OVNI” stainless steel tanks. The wine is vinified in a combination of stainless steel vats and short, squat shaped oak barrels. The wine receives regular pigeages.

Malolactic fermentation takes place in 100% new, French oak barrels from four different coopers, Taransaud (40%), Demptos (40%), Darnajou (15%) and Vicard (5%). Aging sur lies takes place in 100% new, French oak barrels for an estimated 33 months prior to bottling. The wine requires collaring time for the oak to fully integrate into the wine, and for the secondary notes to develop.

Dec 1st, 2018
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8.8

The 2015 La Fleur de Boüard is much more complete and harmonious as a bottled wine than from barrel. Ripe red cherry, plum, tobacco, licorice and menthol add character to this juicy, flavorful red. All the elements are very nicely balanced. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Feb 2018)

The 2015 La Fleur de Boüard is much more complete and harmonious as a bottled wine than from barrel. Ripe red cherry, plum, tobacco, licorice and menthol add character to this juicy, flavorful red. All the elements are very nicely balanced. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Feb 2018)

Mar 5th, 2018
Victor Charcan

Plenty of dark berries, cassis, cranberries, balsamic notes. Medium bodied, silky tannins and well handled oak. Good stuff.

Plenty of dark berries, cassis, cranberries, balsamic notes. Medium bodied, silky tannins and well handled oak. Good stuff.

Jan 13th, 2018
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 2009

Vintage 2009

Nov 7th, 2017
Mark Crisler

Quite delectable!

Quite delectable!

2 people found it helpfulOct 24th, 2014
John Van Trijp

Blind! What a surprise!

Blind! What a surprise!

1 person found it helpfulJan 27th, 2018
Isaac Pirolo

What an experience, and I've had the Le Plus. Upon opening I was so concerned it was undrinkable that I nearly dumped it, but sure enough, 3 hours later it was shining and is continuing just as strong 24 hours later. Rich black fruit, heavy cream, underbrush, simmering campfire, and vanilla. #dontjudgeabottlebythefirstsip

What an experience, and I've had the Le Plus. Upon opening I was so concerned it was undrinkable that I nearly dumped it, but sure enough, 3 hours later it was shining and is continuing just as strong 24 hours later. Rich black fruit, heavy cream, underbrush, simmering campfire, and vanilla. #dontjudgeabottlebythefirstsip

1 person found it helpfulAug 15th, 2016
Victor Charcan

Balsamic notes, pine tree, scrub herbs and dark fruit. Bitter, violets, good length and elegance. Fresh vintage

Balsamic notes, pine tree, scrub herbs and dark fruit. Bitter, violets, good length and elegance. Fresh vintage

1 person found it helpfulJul 6th, 2016
Gregg Gordon

finishing it's life with style - delicious

finishing it's life with style - delicious

1 person found it helpfulApr 14th, 2016
Christian Roy

Christian had this 4 years ago

Christian had this 4 years ago

1 person found it helpfulMar 28th, 2015