Château Lafleur

Château Lafleur is a unique parcel of Pomerol Vineyard located at the crest of the Pomerol plateau directly adjacent to Château Petrus and contiguous to Châteaux La Fleur Petrus, Le Gay, Vieux Château Certan and Hosanna. The vineyard is 11 acres in size “d’un seul tenant”. “Quality before Quantity” is the motto of the estate for the past 150 years. The tiny size of the vineyard, the miniscule yields and the draconian selection make Château Lafleur a vineyard jewel.

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HISTORY

Château Lafleur was purchased in 1872 by Henri Greloud, the great-great- grandparents of the present proprietor, Jacques Guinaudeau. The property has remained in the family since the original purchase. Jacques and Sylvie Guinaudeau have managed the property for the family since 1985 and in 2002, purchased the shares held by other family members. They are now sole proprietors.

TERROIR

Château Lafleur is located at the crest of the Pomerol plateau directly adjacent to Château Petrus and contiguous to Châteaux La Fleur Petrus, Le Gay, Vieux Château Certan and Hosanna. The vineyard is 11.12 acres “d’un seul tenant”- one contiguous parcel. The indescribable complexity of Château La Fleur comes from the great diversity of its soil types: a gravel slope to the north west, a clay-gravel soil toward the south, a gravel-sand soil toward the east and a rich vein of marl toward the center of the vineyard. The vineyard is planted to Merlot (50%) and to Cabernet Franc (50%) one of the highest percentages of this varietal in the appellation. The vines average 30 years in age. Density is on average 5,900 vines per acre.

PEOPLE

Château Lafleur is owned and managed by the Guinaudeau family. The tiny vineyard dates back to 1872, when Mr. Greloud, Mr. Jacques Guinaudeau’s forebear, owner of Château Le Gay, purchased Mr. Bernier’s parcel. With the meticulous attention of Jacques and Sylvie Guinaudeau, helped by their son Baptiste, the wines continually express the natural depth and complexity of this unique vineyard.