STORY BEHIND THIS WINE
The village of Lussac is located about 9km north of the historic town of St Émilion to which it hyphenates its name. The soils of its undulating topography are mostly clay and limestone and Merlot is the dominant grape variety. Ch. Lafleur Poitou’s vineyards date back to the 18th century and today are part of a 17 ha estate owned by the Barrau-Badard family, who also own the prestigious Pomerol property Ch, Certain de May and so it benefits form a high level of expertise and resources.
The grape bunches are hand picked into small crates, then sorted on a vibrating table to remove any less than perfect ones, before fermenting with an extended maceration to soften the tannins in concrete tanks followed by ageing partly in vats and partly in barrel. 2014 was the best vintage since 2010 and an Indian summer after a coolish July and August allowed growers in St Émilion to wait until October to harvest ripe grapes. Wines like this can be enjoyed young for their fruitiness but a little age brings an extra savoury umami dimension and the tannins soften to give a silky texture.
40% is barrel aged, 60% in concrete vats.