Robert Parker 93
Composed of 46% Merlot and 54% Cabernet Franc, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2018 PensÃ©es de Lafleur bursts with plum preserves and redcurrant jelly scents, giving way to nuances of red roses, dusty soil, bouquet garni and tapenade with a waft of black truffles. The medium to full-bodied palate is oh-so-elegant, featuring very soft tannins and beautifully knit acidity to support the generous black and red fruits, finishing long and earthy. Give it a good 3 years to spread its wings and drink it over the next 15 years or more.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2039
The 2018 Les Pensées de Lafleur is marked by strong Cabernet Franc accents in its flavor profile and structural feel. Dried rose petal, sage, mint, red cherry and orange zest all open, but only with great reluctance. Les Pensées is tightly wound now, after bottling, and needs time to be at its finest. Even so, it is pretty special today.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2038