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Lascombes 2011


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Tasting Notes

This large, fragmented estate must be a logistical nightmare for winemakers, but the 2011, a blend of 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, exhibits a beautifully scented nose of spring flowers, black raspberries, black currants, graphite and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied and rich with supple tannins, this terrific example of Lascombes continues their qualitative revolution that began over 15 years ago. One of the stars of the vintage, this beauty can be consumed over the next 20-25 years.

Score: 93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), April 2014

A blend of 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot that tips the scales at 14% natural alcohol, the 2011 Lascombes is another knock-out effort. (Michel Rolland is the consultant.) Made in a more modern style with plenty of toasty oak intermixed with blueberry and black currant fruit as well as hints of licorice and camphor, the wine-s textured lushness on the mid-palate, sweet, well-integrated tannins and full-throttle finish result in an impressive Margaux to drink over the next 15 years.

Score: 91/93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012

The sample of Lascombes (50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot) has a dusty nose that is lacking clarity although it clears up with aeration, although there remains a vegetal tincture. The palate is sweet and chewy on the entry. Grippy tannins, quite dense and masculine, it is missing some finesse towards the finish. Tasted April 2012.

Score: 87/89Neal Martin,, April 2012

A brightness and beauty to this wine, with mineral, berry and dark-chocolate character. Full body but reserved and integrated. Very fine for the vintage. Better than from barrel. Try in 2018

Score: 91James Suckling,, February 2014

Straightforward with currant and berry character, medium to full body, and a delicate finish. Like to see more of a middle palate.

Score: 88/89James Suckling,, April 2012

The fruit on the fruit on the nose is quite sweet and the ripeness of the flavours gives some flesh on the start of the palate. There is quite high acidity and the tannins are firm dominating, holding back the fruit and closing down the finish.

Score: 87/90Derek Smedley MW, April 2012

Well-extracted and polished cassis fruit, good depth on the palate and smooth tannins in the robust Lascombes style. Drink 2015-2025.

Score: 17Steven Spurrier,, April 2012

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