France, Bordeaux, St Emiliion
Grapes: 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc
Ageing: new 500-liter barrels
Jeb Dunnuck USA
2016 Chateau La Fleur Morange 97/100
This tiny estate located down on the lower plain continues to produce a powerful, opulent style of wine. Their 2016 La Fleur Morange is another beauty, boasting full-bodied richness and serious concentration go with a monster bouquet of crème de cassis, spring flowers, rose petals, and ample sandy, loamy soil notes. It has some oak to integrate a stacked mid-palate, beautiful tannins, and an awesome finish. Hats off to proprietors Jean François and Véronique Julien and consultant Claude Gros for a brilliant Saint-Emilion. Give bottles 2-4 years and enjoy over the following two decades.
(JS=94) The aromas of blueberries and lavender are so enticing. Full body, yet it¡¦s tight and compact with a big, rich palate. Layers of ripe tannins. One for the cellar. Try after 2023 and beyond. (RP=86-88) The 2016 La Fleur Morange has a ripe black cherry, cassis and violet scented bouquet that needs a little more delineation. The palate is sweet and fleshy on the entry, smooth tannin, maybe needing a little more delineation and structure on the finish. Not bad, although I would have liked to see more complexity at this nascent stage.