La Fleur de Boüard
La Fleur de Boüard is owned by the de Boüard family. The de Boüard family are well known for their Bordeaux wine vineyards in St. Emilion, which include Château Angelus and Château Bellevue as well as their estate in the Cotes de Francs appellation, Chateau de-Francs.
Château la Fleur de Boüard sits on the plateau of Neac, not far from Pomerol. The terroir is clay and sandy soil with a base of gravel underneath. The 8.5 hectare vineyard of La Fleur de Bouard is planted to 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vine density is 6,500 vines per hectare in the oldest vines.
Today, when replantings occur at La Fleur de Boüard, they are at a higher density with 8,500 vines per hectare. The average age of the vines at La Fleur de Boüard is 25 years old. This is a serious Bordeaux wine estate. They practice crop-thinning, and hand-harvesting into small plastic lugs. The grapes go through a pre-fermentation, cold maceration at 10° C and a 3-4 week maceration in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation is performed in a combination of 75% new oak barrels, 15% one year old barrels and 10% takes place in tank. Sur lies aging in French oak barrels for an estimated 20 months. The blend of La Fleur de Boüard is close to the planted acreage. Slightly more than 7,000 cases of Bordeaux wine are produced each year from this Lalande de Pomerol estate.