A train ride. A beautiful woman. A bottle of Angelus. Remember the scene?
If you know your Bond movies I assume you nailed it before Angelus. Casino Royale. Nope, no Mouton, no Cabernet. We’re in Saint Emilion and Angelus is today one of the region’s bright shining stars. It’s not at Cheval Blanc or Ausone pricings yet, and probably never will be either. Thankfully. But, it is still way beyond the Friday evening glass. Bond doesn’t care, he’s happily spending English tax payers money on a bottle of Angelus. For those of us, not capable or wanting to pay huge amounts on a bottle of Angelus there’s a solution. La Fleur de Boüard, a Lalande-de-Pomerol from the very same owner, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest.
La Fleur de Boüard is a great wine, one of the best buys in the entire Bordeaux if quality price ratio (QPR) is of any interest. For me the combination QPR and Bordeaux matters a lot, especially when looking at en primeur price settings the last years. Picking up the 2008 La Fleur de Boüard at 23 euros makes you wonder why not all BDX wines are in on the insane race. Easy answer to a rhetoric question; Lalande-de-Pomerol, Montagne-St Emilion, Lussac-St Emilion, Fronsac, Blaye or Medoc are simply not label drinking-worthy enough. The insanity hasn’t reached the subregions and the estates here are the ones you should support. It sounds odd but it is actually some of the wine world’s hidden treasures and most price worthy wines.
We had a closer look at Lalande-de-Pomerol back in July 2008. So so weather and already then you could see some worrying vintners. Flowering was late, veraison was late…thank god for magic in September. Who would think of that when freezing in the middle of July some days? Fond memories of our visit to mainly the right bank in 2008 makes it special to start popping ’08 bottles. Next out is Hubert’s Lalande project.
The 2008 La Fleur de Boüard is tasted over two days. First decanted for almost four hours.
Dark red color. Big, modern nose with expensive toasted oak nicely integrated in the wine. Humus, hay, dark berries, sweet licorice and ripe cool fruit. A sniff wine, just lovely for me who loves the modern right bank style of Merlot wines. The bouquet simply says up yours Sideways!
Young, vivid taste with classy tannins, ripe dark fruit, plum skins, humus and fine oak. Impressive intensity and impeccable balance. Long clean finish. Day two it is just as good, no even better. More integrated. This promises good for the future and the coming 5-7 years. If you’re like me and refuses to be in on the ridiculous BDX price insanity rally, then go for wines like this, or the previously rated, La Confession. Don’t give up hope on Bordeaux. The truth is out there, in Lalande-de-Pomerol for example….
2008 La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande-de-Pomerol, 90-91 points
PS. Yup, the producers of Casino Royale got some Angelus as a thanks for allowing the wine to participate in the movie. Some dineros as well. Check out Dr Vino if the subject interests you.