Chateau La Fleur Blanchon 2006 St. Emillion

Chateau La Fleur Blanchon 2006 Lussac Saint Emilion

A very satisfying and flavorful “satellite” Saint Emilion for around €5 in the local supermarkets. Refined, rich and smooth without the blockbuster flavor style of the previously tasted Chateau des Places, but more appealing to a wider crowd of red wine lovers and has a haunting quality. Definitely excellent and worth buying again. Refined flavors of blackberries with only a hint of cassis-like taste, but lingers and feels like it has a subtle mineral undertone that grows on you. It says “quality” through and through. Awesome value. We’ll need to get a few of these again!

The SundayTimesWineClub in the UK said “Wonderfully pure-fruited St. Emilion – smooth and juicy with a good long finish. Decant first.” (I wrote this review BEFORE I searched and read this comment…guess we agree…I did not decant this young 2006 before tasting…I think we’ll try a decanter next time!).

Laithwaites also mentioned: “Wine guru Robert Parker rates Lussac “a veritable treasure trove for Saint-Emilion bargains” while Hugh Johnson considers the wines “excellent”. But what if the vintage is one of the best in several decades? You can rest assured the wines will thrill – none more so than our top choice – Château La Fleur Blanchon. Oak-aged and merlot-rich, this stunning vintage claret boasts ripe blackberry and liquorice fruit with velvet tannins and a long, mocha-scented finish. Decant and serve with roast lamb or beef or a mixed, feathered game casserole.”

Another opinion (2005 vintage).…”In good vintages this Saint-Emilion satellite is a treasure trove for bargain hunters – and 2005 is magnificent! This mouthfilling Merlot-rich gem is made from the premium fruit of 50-year-old vines sharing the same terroir as some of the biggest names in Saint-Emilion – but without the accompanying price tag. Tiny volumes allow lavish cru classe levels of care and attention. A super find from the talented winemakers at Chateau La Fleur. Very limited stocks! Deep violet purple with a perfumed nose of ripe plums cherries and vanilla. There are already lots of soft rich damson and mulberry flavours and a delicious lick of creamy oak – and it’ll improve over the next seven years.”

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