Chateau Lafleur has been in the Greloud family since its inception in 1872. It was originally part of the same property as Chateau Le Gay, which it now neighbours alongside Petrus and Vieux Chateau Certain. Its founder, Henri Greloud, divided Chateau Le Gay and Lafleur between his sons, with Charles being given Lafleur. After passing from cousin to cousin, today, Henri’s great-great grandson, Jacques Guinaudeau, owns and manages the estate with his wife Sylvie and their three children. The Guinaudeau’s uphold a well-used family motto of “qualité passé quantité” – quality surpasses quantity. From Lafleur’s tiny 4.5 hectares of vineyards it is understandable that production is equally as small, with around 1000 cases produced each year and painstakingly managed by the owners themselves; it is often said that Chateau Lafleur is more closely run to a domaine in Burgundy than a Chateau in Bordeaux. With such small production, Lafleur’s wines have become incredibly sought after, reaching cult standards for the most discerning and wealthy investors.

The vineyards are situated on the gravel-rich soil of the Pomerol plateau. Chateau Lafleur uses a higher proportion of Cabernet Franc that its neighbours in addition to Merlot, giving the wine a highly perfumed nose with complexity to rival Chateau Petrus. The Grand Vin is aged in small, 50% new oak barrels for 18 months. Once released, the best vintages of Lafleur can age incredibly well, with the best lasting for up to 50 years.

Available Wines

2019 Ad Vivum, Sleeping Lady Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Yountville 3x75cl

£495/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Future ArrivalETA to UK address: May 2024

2010 Alvaro Palacios, Ermita, Priorat DOC 6x75cl

£4,440/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2018 Andremily, EABA, Santa Barbara County 12x75cl

£1,190/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2020 Antinori, Solaia, IGT 3x75cl

£810/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Future ArrivalETA to UK address: Apr 2024

2017 Antinori, Tignanello, IGT 6x75cl

£640/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2022 Antinori (Castello della Sala), Bramito del Cervo, IGT 6x75cl

£90/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: ImmediateETA to UK address: Jan 2024

2015 Antinori (Pian Vigne), Brunello di Montalcino 1x300cl

£134/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2018 Ao Yun, Shangri-La 6x75cl

£1,072/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2018 Argiano, Brunello di Montalcino 6x75cl

£315/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Future ArrivalETA to UK address: Mar 2024

2014 Arnaud Ente, Meursault, Clos Ambres 1x75cl

£980/CaseDuty Status: Duty PaidAvailability: Immediate

2013 Arnaud Ente, Meursault 1x75cl

£550/CaseDuty Status: Duty PaidAvailability: Immediate

2017 Azelia, Barolo 1x75cl

£20/CaseDuty Status: Duty PaidAvailability: Immediate

2021 Ballot Millot, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, Morgeot Tete de Clos 6x75cl

£485/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: ImmediateETA to UK address: Jan 2024

2017 Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Pauillac, The Rothschild Collection 6x75cl

Grapes partially sourced from the vineyards of Mouton, Clerc Milon and d’Armailhac. 62% Cabernet, 28% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. The nose opens on spice aromas accompanied by... blackcurrant and blackberry, then on airing with vanilla and mocha notes. After a rich and powerful attack with an attractive touch of vanilla, black fruit flavours come to the fore on the mid-palate. Underpinned by a fine tannic structure, leading into a finish which lingers on coffee notes, with highly elegant tannins. Decant for an hour and enjoy this Pauillac with a roast beef. 13% abv
£200/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2015 Barone Ricasoli, Casalferro, IGT 6x75cl

£195/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate