The wines being made at Lafleur today are better than what was produced in previous years. This includes legendary vintages like 1945, 1947, 1950, 1961 and 1982! Keep in mind, those wines are as good as wine gets. Those wines were produced with no selection. New barrels were never used. Fruit was picked when it was ripe, but full phenolic ripeness was never achieved. Most recently, in a huge tasting of all the top 2000 Bordeaux, Chateau Lafleur was for me, the wine of the tasting. In fact, Chateau Lafleur is also the wine of the legendary 2000 vintage! That incredible string of early successes for Lafleur continues to this day with great wines being made in 2001, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
However, Chateau Lafleur did not get its start in the 20th century. The history of Chateau Lafleur dates back to 1872. At that time, Henri Greloud, the owner of Chateau Le Gay, purchased the Pomerol vineyards of what was to eventually become Chateau Lafleur. Henri Greloud was definitely experienced in the Bordeaux wine world, he was also a negociant and he had interests in St. Emilion as well, at Chateau La Dominique and Daugay. Shortly after the formation of Chateau Lafleur, the extraordinary quality of wines quickly gains notice. By 1893, it was considered the third best wine of the Pomerol appellation, following only Vieux Chateau Certan and Petrus! While the majority of great Bordeaux chateau have changed hands over the past several generations, Chateau Lafleur remains in the same family hands to this day.
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With thanks to Jeff Leve from http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com, for the invaluable information