(From 2006 Vintage)
The 2006 Chateau Lascombes Margaux Bordeaux is a blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot.
90 Points - The Wine Spectator (March 31, 2009)
"Displays blackberry and blueberry aromas, with a hint of cappuccino. Full and silky, with a lovely texture of ripe tannins and an aftertaste of dark chocolate, berry and light vanilla. This is a solid estate making solid wines now."
90 Points - The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker (February 2009)
"One of the more modern-styled wines from the appellation of Margaux, always with a prominant overlay of toasty new oak, espresso roast, and sweet black fruits, this wine seems more restrained and has backed off its concentration with the 2006. It is a mid-weight, elegant wine with notes of licorice and black currants as well as a hint of tobacco leaf. This wine is concentrated and obviously outstanding, but the moderate tannins in the finish suggest cellaring it for 2-3 years and drinking it over the following 15-20."
88-90 Points - The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker (February 2009)
"Relatively lightweight, but attractively perfumed, this will be an early developer. It has some firm tannins, but not too dark, smoky wood and fruit that come out easily." --
89-91 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May/June 2007)
"Suave on entry, then supple and fruity in the middle, with a plump texture for the year thanks to ripe acidity. An excellent showing."
About the Vintner
Founded in the 1600's by the Lascombes family, Château Lascombes was classified as one of only 13 "Second Growths" in 1855. In 1952, famed wine authority, author and bon vivant, Alexis Lichine purchased the 207 acre estate. Inspired by its diverse terroir -- calcareous clay soil for Merlot, gravel-sand for Cabernet Sauvignon -- and driven with exuberant personality, Lichine oversaw Château Lascombes' extraordinary mid-century metamorphosis and growth in world reputation.
Today's current owners have committed themselves to an even higher echelon of quality with their choice of Dominique Befve as GM and Michel Rolland as consulting enologist. The sum of generations of intention, investment, expertise and a rare terroir, Château Lascombes has repeatedly garnered international acclaim for their pure expression of Margaux.
(From 2004 Vintage) The hot, dry spring, which brought about a fabulous bud-burst and flowering, was an early sign of what turned out to be a bumper harvest. Subsequently, however, fickle weather during the summer caused some concern and it was thanks to the month of September, with its August-like weather, that guaranteed ripeness levels that hitherto seemed uncertain. Faced with a large crop and a high number of berries, deleafing and drastic crop thinning were necessary to keep the grapes healthy until they reached read more...The hot, dry spring, which brought about a fabulous bud-burst and flowering, was an early sign of what turned out to be a bumper harvest. Subsequently, however, fickle weather during the summer caused some concern and it was thanks to the month of September, with its August-like weather, that guaranteed ripeness levels that hitherto seemed uncertain. Faced with a large crop and a high number of berries, deleafing and drastic crop thinning were necessary to keep the grapes healthy until they reached perfect ripeness levels. The harvest was eventually carried out from the 1st to the 25th October ! The yield of 44 hl/ha was an excellent compromise between the quality and the quantity of the vintage. One change was introduced for the 2004 vintage: the harvest reception now takes place on the ground floor of the vat cellar. After the usual meticulous sorting, the grapes are now tipped into stainless steel bins which are transported to the second floor via the lifts. However, the wine-making and ageing techniques remain exactly the same. All in all, the 2004 vintage is displaying great quality, as the wines have a deep colour and the total polyphenols indexes are well above those of previous years. With such structure, the 2004 vintage is coping easily with the 100% new barrels. The colour is amazing, almost black with light purple glints. The nose is complex with layers of black fruits, such as blackberries, bilberries and black cherries as well as flowers and spices. The Cabernet Sauvignon, incredibly consistent in quality in 2004, brings finesse to the blend and gives Château Lascombes 2004 power and concentration on the palate whilst maintaining a delicacy and unctuousness that mingle well with a dense, tight-knit tannic structure of good pedigree. The finish is long and flavoursome. Château Lascombes 2004 is definitely to be ranked among the greatest Margaux of this vintage. The Chevalier de Lascombes 2004, though less opulent, displays charm with aromas of small red berry fruits and hints of vanilla. (hide)
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2006 Vintage) 50% Merlot; 45% Cabernet Sauvignon; 5% Petit Verdot. A touch sweeter in scent owing to both obvious ripeness and an extra measure of rich oak, Lascombes intimates a sense of juiciness that separates it from its classmates in 2006. It is a touch dry at the finish, and its relatively fine-gained tannins afford it room to grow without adding prohibitive toughness.
Robert Parker(From 2002 Vintage) "A candidate for one of the top wines of the vintage, Lascombes has turned in a brilliant effort with a deep ruby/purple color as well as gorgeous aromas of plums, cassis, black cherries, and flowers. It boasts a terrific texture, medium to full body, an expansive, multi-layered mid-palate and a tremendously pure finish revealing nicely integrated wood, acidity, alcohol, and tannin. This is a beauty of precision and power. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020."
Wine & Spirits(From 2004 Vintage) International Wine Cellar - Stephen Tanzer (2007) - 91
Wine Spectator(From 2005 Vintage) Rating: Barrel Tasting - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/30/06
Wine & Spirits(From 2005 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 10/08