Against All Odds
1996 wasn’t a right bank Pomerol vintage, as the merlot grapes would not be able to survive the searing heat for this vintage.
However, I was really surprised Lafleur performed way beyond my expectations. Most impressive was the bouquet; beautiful floral with a bit of dark chocolate encapsulated the wine glass, no wonder they call this “Chateau Flower 花堡”. The content was quite typical of a Bordeaux, with very smooth and ripe content, coupled with some coffee and dark chocolate flavour. I must admit that it tasted a lot better than the poorer vintages of Lafleur like 87 or 93.