- Château Lascombes
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Petit Verdot
- 2027 - 2046
- Case size
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Wine Advocate, May 2021,
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2020 Lascombes comes skipping out of the glass with bright, cheery scents of raspberry coulis, blackberry preserves and fresh blackcurrants, plus suggestions of pencil shavings, dried roses and charcuterie with a waft of bouquet garni. The medium to full-bodied palate has great tension and energy, delivering crunchy red and black fruit layers and a firm, grainy frame, finishing long with an herbal lift. Drink 2024-2042
Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
The 2020 Lascombes is gorgeous. Inky and deep, the 2020 is brimming with character. There is a bit less opulence than in some recent vintages, but that is not a bad thing. And plenty of inky dark fruit, leather and spice flavor. The 2020 is an attractive, mid-weight Lascombes with a good deal of richness and fine balance. Lavender, cloves, spice and new French oak linger on the suave finish. Drink 2028 - 2040
Goedhuis, May 2021,
55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot A very dark opaque colour, this has quite a brooding feel, a mass of dark fruits with a touch of crisp currant freshness. A wine of real confidence, mocha and caramel, the spice of the oak,provides a touch of sweetness and the tannic core progresses through the palate, to give some power and weight on the finish.
James Suckling, April 2021,
Blackberries and spices, such as cloves and nutmeg, as well as licorice and hints of graphite. It’s full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins, yet they are polished and beautiful. Structured. Solid.
Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
Full-bodied, round, lush, rich and polished, the fruit is ripe, sweet and intense. But there is a strong oak component in the finish that is going to need time to integrate.
Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
A terrific success in the vintage, the 2020 Château Lascombes sports a dense purple color as well as gorgeous black and blue fruits interwoven with plenty of toasty oak. Playing in the medium to full-bodied end of the spectrum, it has velvety tannins, good mid-palate density, and beautiful overall balance. It’s one of those wines that brings plenty of ripe fruit yet always has a solid sense of elegance and purity. Tasted twice.
Matthew Jukes, May 2021,
Juicy, ripe, perfumed and plummy, there is a bright nose on Lascombes and, in common with many of the Margaux, the tannins mount and the acidity crashes in, too, on the back of the palate and it leaves you feeling rather dried out. But unlike some of the others, there is a strong fruit core here and so I think that it will, eventually, work!
Château Lascombes, bears the name of its first owner, Chevalier de Lascombes, who was born in 1625. Bought by Alexis Lichine in 1952, he rennovated the château's vineyard and cellars. In 1971 he sold the estate to the British brewer Bass-Charrington. The estate then passed on to Colony Capital in 2001. With this new ownership, the slightly unloved estate has again blossomed, due to strict selection methods and more labour intensive vinification. Yves Vatelot (of Reignac) and Alain Raynaud (of Quinault) have been consulting, and the jump in quality is impressive. The vineyards are planted with vines of an average age of 40 years with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. For ageing, 80-100% new oak barriques are used, depending on the character of the vintage.
Plump, silky and seductive are the words often used to describe wines from Margaux. Because of their style, they tend to be user friendly and more approachable when young. This is in part due to its terroir which is comprised of the thinnest soil as well as the highest proportion of chunky gravel in all of the Médoc. It drains well but also is it more susceptible to vintage variation. Margaux wines tend to have the highest proportions of Merlot within the core of the Médoc further adding to their ample roundness and openness. Margaux is home to the largest number of classified growths including its namesake first growth, Château Margaux, as well as third growths, Palmer and d'Issan.