Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
When Veuve Greloud divided her Manoir de Gay property between her two sons, Emile named his portion ‘Au Gay’ and Henri called his ‘Domaine de Lafleur’. By the end of the 19th century the latter was already rated third of the commune, behind Petrus and Vieux Château Certan, in Bordeaux et ses vins (commonly known as “the Féret”, after its publisher, or the “Bordeaux Bible”). Lafleur then passed down to son-in-law André Robin, who subsequently inherited Le Gay also. His motto, “Qualité passe quantité”, was well assimilated by his daughters Marie and Thérèse, who inherited both in 1946, and international recognition came during their tenure. Neither married, and in 1985 the surviving sister Marie entrusted the management of the property to her young cousin Jacques Guinaudeau and his wife Sylvie.
Today, Lafleur is still a family affair. A rarity these days in Bordeaux, particularly in the case of rare, premium wines. Sylvie and Jacques were joined by their son Baptiste and his wife Julie at the beginning of the new millennia, all of them sharing the same passion for subtleties, precision and finesse, which has always been the signature of the family. They became outright owners in 2002, after Marie’s death.
“One of the most distinctive, most exotic, and greatest wines – not only in Pomerol, but in the world”