Lascombes 2009


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Tasting Notes

The 2009, which is inky blue/purple to the rim, is a final blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot at 14% natural alcohol. The wine has a beautiful blueberry-scented nose with hints of acacia flowers, licorice, graphite and some subtle charcoal and background oak. Clearly a modern style of Margaux, it is pure, seamless, full-bodied and opulent, and the high glycerin and silky texture of 2009 are brilliantly displayed in this wine. Drink it over the next 15+ years, although it is certainly capable of lasting well past two decades.

One of the more difficult estates to manage in southern Margaux is the 300 acres of Lascombes, subdivided into at least 40 to 50 separate plots, making harvest decisions, ripening, and related issues a strategic nightmare. Nevertheless, they seem to have hit pay dirt frequently over the last decade plus.

Score: 94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, March 2012

Midnight oil? Dense black purple to the rim, the 2009 Lascombes has enormous concentration, with loads of graphite, blackberry, and blueberry notes as well as hints of pen ink and truffle. The wine is super-intense, full-bodied, fleshy, and rich. This is another wine that will compete with the 2005, which is certainly the best Lascombes I have ever tasted. (Tasted three times.)

Score: 94/96+Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010

The 2009 Lascombes is blessed with a classy, very well defined, cedar and forest floor scented bouquet with seamlessly integrated oak. This has real style and panache. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a silky smooth texture with sweet black cherry, boysenberry, white pepper and cedar notes. Unlike some others, it is never cloying, but it does need bottle age, at least a decade. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting.

Score: 92+Neal Martin,, March 2019

Tasted at a negociant. The Lascombes has a ripe, sweet nose that does not exude the delineation of the Malescot St. Exupery tasted just before. Surprisingly, this sample is a little introverted compared to others, but that might change after bottling of course. The palate is medium-bodied but with very good weight on the palate; the tannins a little brutish at the moment, much more masculine and a little austere, although there is good delineation and perhaps less opulent than previous years. This should show its true potential after one to watch. Tasted March 2010.

Score: 91/93+Neal Martin,, April 2010

The medium to deep garnet colored 2009 Lascombes reveals notes of stewed plums, baked blackberries and dried mulberries with touches of sweaty leather, raisin cake and hoisin. Full-bodied with a rugged, chewy frame, the mid-palate gives a good core of earth-laced fruit, finishing a little rustic. 2019 - 2029

Score: 91Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2019), March 2019

Fascinating aromas of crushed berries and fresh herbs follow through to a full body, with velvety, polished tannins and a long, long finish. Wonderful wine. More reserved than the 2005, but potentially better.

Score: 92/95James Suckling,, April 2010

Tasted blind. Lively deep crimson. Intense, ripe nose that is probably love or loathe. Very rich and sweet with some structure and some oak – still! A showy wine but far from unpleasant!
Drink 2021-2032

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW,, March 2019

Intense and sweet with some digestive biscuit flavour. Long. Very hedonistic and complete. But worth waiting for. Drink 2018 - 2035.

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW,, January 2013

Very dark crimson. Sweet malted milk plus linseed oil. Very sweet start and then lusciously worked tannins. A bit Napa Valley rather than Margaux but there is lots of pleasure here. Just rather awkward tannins on the finish. Date tasted 31st March 2010. Drink 2016-2028.

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2010

It is very chocolate sweet, lush and fleshy but due to red fruit influences is not jammy. Oak is in evidence but does not over dominate giving spiciness towards the back. The richness and concentration is well balanced by red fruit freshness. Drink 2020-2040.

Score: 90/94Derek Smedley MW, April 2010

Fine black red, very good concentration of vineyard Cabernet fruit, quite dense with a nice spicy richness, good fragrance on the palate, quite broad and structured, will open early and last well. Drink 2014-24.

Score: 17Steven Spurrier,, April 2010

Very balsamic with slightly chewy tannins, this is a rustic expression of the vintage that needs substantial food to give its best. Plenty of freshness at the finish though. Drink now. (Horizontal Tasting, London, 2019)

Score: 93Stuart Pigott,, March 2019

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