Updated: Jun 2
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On the 19th of May 2023, we have seen the release of Chateau Lafleur
Chateau Lafleur 2022
On the 19th May 2023, we now see the release of the neighbouring property to Petrus from Pomerol otherwise known as Lafleur, and the price is up 8.9% on last years release. The ex negociant price is 610.00 Euro a bottle. The wine is said to be arriving into the market with a retail price of £7,440.00 per case of 12 bottles at 75cl each according to Liv-ex, and this will result in an increase of 14.3% on the opening price of the 2021's.
It is noted that the chateau aims to bring a stable pricing model to the market and give confidence through transparency.
Fair Value analysis
Using Liv-ex’s ‘Fair Value’ methodology, prices for Château Lafleur are 89% correlated to Neal Martin scores.
For those unable to get their hands on today’s release, there are several other options among back vintages.
The 97-point 2017 vintage falls below the ‘Fair Value’ line and is available for a small premium to today’s release.
The 2015, 2016 and 2020 vintages are also interesting options, each holding a score of 98 and available at premiums of 75.3%, 74.7% and 81.5% respectively.
Neal Martin (Vinous) awarded it a barrel range of 97-99, praising the ‘beautifully defined’ profile and calling it ‘more sensual than recent vintages.’ In his words: ‘among the best that Baptiste and Julie Guinaudeau have conjured in recent years and that’s a very impressive canon of work.’
William Kelley (Wine Advocate) also scored it at 97-99, lauding the ‘pure and seamless’ 2022 Lafleur as ‘one of the most characterful as well as most consistent wines produced in contemporary Bordeaux.’
‘A welcome sense of continuity in a vintage’ said Jane Anson (Inside Bordeaux), who rated the wine at a range of 98-100. She highlights its ‘density and serious character,’ and concludes that ‘Guinaudeau so often sets the conversation in a vintage, and he is doing so again here.’
Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Independent) echoed other critics in offering the wine a score of 96-98+, adding the caveat that Lafleur 2022 ‘will need a lot of time’ to reach its full potential.
Please see some of the scores taken from Liv-Ex as shown below:
(97 - 99)