2014 Chateau Lafleur Gazin, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

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2014 Chateau Lafleur Gazin, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

Between the two famous Châteaux, Lafleur and Gazin in Pomerol, Château Lafleur-Gazin enjoys a unique terroir. Owned by Madame Delfour-Borderie, the property has been completely managed by the Moueix team since 1976. The 18 acre vineyard has two different types of soil: gravel and light sand on a fairly steep slope. Because of the presence of a light sandy soil, approximately 20% of the vineyard is planted with Cabernet Franc and it is that softer soil which allows the aromatics of the varietal to shine. The wine is generally made with 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and is aged for 20 months in oak barrels (25% new).

However, this 2014 is 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc and spent 18 months in 35% new French oak barrels. Even with only 5% Cabernet Franc, its slightly herbal and spicy character comes through nicely on the cushy bed of softer toned yet very well concentrated Merlot. In the end, the dominance of the Merlot makes the wine reveal an even greater sense of being a 'plump, supple, fleshy wine with ripe fruit and silky tannins' than normal, as is the intention of the folks at Moueix.

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