2015 Fleur La Mothe, Haut-Médoc (Previously $18)

SKU #1414127 90 points Vinous

 The 2015 La Fleur de Mothe is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 12% Petit Verdot. Matured in around 35% new oak, it has a clean, fresh, quite perfumed bouquet with blackberry, raspberry and graphite scents, a touch of violet emerging with time. The palate is well balanced with a fresh, sappy entry. There is good depth here, a gentle grip and feels quite solid and firm, suggesting that it will benefit from a couple of years in bottle. But there is plenty of freshness from start to finish and it will mature well over the next six to eight years. Tasted at the Oenoconseil tasting room in Bordeaux. (NM)  (3/2018)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 The 30% new barrels really show in this toasty, spicy wine. This intense wood aging is saved by the rich underlying fruit that delivers great concentration and blackberry flavors. Given time these will balance with the wood, produce a ripe, fruity wine. Drink from 2021. (RV)  (4/2018)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2019 | Send Email
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A clean, fresh, quite perfumed bouquet with blackberry and raspberry scents, The palate is well balanced with a fresh, sappy entry. There is good depth here, but there is plenty of freshness from start to finish and it will mature well over the next six to eight years. A great value, but I am not a fan of the label
Drink from 2020 to 2030

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


Alcohol Content (%): 13.5