fleuron de liot

Earl Negrier



Bordeaux is a small part of our portfolio, in part because of the way its market works, and in part because the scale of its enterprises is less well-suited to a père et fils importer. But we’re always on the hunt for a Burgundy-scale producer from the southwestern coast. Last year we found a family domaine in Saint-Estèphe whose wines had never been exported to the US. Fleuron de Liot is a blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, from a tiny 1.5 acre plot in Saint-Estèphe.

The 2014 was our first vintage. It is inky and dark, with plum and dark cherries in the nose. The mouth is dense and full, with solid ripe tannins and low oak, notes of cedar and licorice, and a long, velvety texture.  When we tasted the 2015 earlier this year, we were more impressed if anything; and so we expect the wine’s place in our portfolio to continue.

Bordeaux from St. Estèphe is wine that usually needs to develop for 5 years or so to enter its optimal drinking window. But given time to breathe, Fleuron de Liot is eminently drinkable today. Open a bottle around lunch, and by dinnertime the wine reveals itself.

Available Wines

Recent Posts

Inky, Smooth Saint-Estèphe: Overperforming 6-Year-Old Bordeaux. $34

We don’t import much Bordeaux. Burgundy’s scale and culture have always fit us better: smaller estates, a less formal atmosphere, etc. But it’s no secret that Bordeaux…

Sophisticated New $24 Bordeaux: 2017 Left-Bank Cru Bourgeois

Vigneron: The Negrier Family is a bit unusual for Bordeaux: a tiny family winery making small-batch, terrific wines from limited terroirs. Nearly all of their wine is…

Sophisticated New Cru Bourgeois: $24 Red Bordeaux

Bordeaux is full of expensive wines that need cellaring -- here’s a humble, inexpensive, delicious wine with loads of character that’s ready to drink.