Chateau Lafleur Gazin Pomerol 2006


Lafleur Gazin takes its name from two more famous neighbours. The wine is always elegant, perfumed and well balanced. It offers great value for Right Bank.

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Since 1976 Mr Right Bank, JP Moueix has leased this property which gets its name from its two close neighbours; Chateau Lafleur and Chateau Gazin. It also closely neighbours the iconic Chateau Petrus, which is as close to perfection as you can find in both Bordeaux and Merlot. Very modern in style this 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc blend is very much reminiscent of Burgundy with its floral notes, silky palate and long finish.

Tasted at JP Moueix. This has an attractive, fresh, well-defined nose with baked cherry and citrus fruits leaping from the glass. The palate has good definition with subtle new oak, a sprinkle of crushed white pepper on the mid-palate with a tightly coiled, linear finish. Classic in style. Fine. Tasted April 2007.” Score: 85/87 Neal Martin,, April 2007


Merlot dominates here ably supported by Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon a distant (and sometimes non-existant) third. There is only 800 hectare of vines and almost 150 producers and Pomerol is the only major appellation of Bordeaux to eschew a ranking system.  The quality at the top level are arguably better than any other Bordeaux but it can vary.


It gets a tough time most of the places it is grown. But in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion Merlot not only dominates but makes some of the best wines in the world. Perfume, silky and plush. Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon season the wines with structure and acid but in some places, like Petrus, they are almost not needed.

Cabernet Franc

Is actually one of the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon… along with Sauvignon Blanc (oh! The name makes sense now!).  It is most famous for being the third most important grape in quality Bordeaux. But also excels in the Loire Valley (where it lived before it went to Bordeaux), especially Chinon and Saumur. The wines are bright red in colour, highly aromatic with raspberries, rose petals, violets along with tobacco, cassis and some herbal elements. The best examples can live as long as any great wine.


A difficult vintage that forced (the wise) estates to ruthlessly cut wine that was not up to scatch. Overall the wines are tannic and always will be. Pomerol and Pauillac did well as did whites. The biggest hurdle was the release prices and the wines not being a patch on the 2005 vintage.

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