1998 Chateau Lascombes Margaux
99 Ratings
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99 Ratings
1998 Chateau Lascombes Margaux

Wine Description

(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

Chateau Lascombes logoFounded 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.

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2005 Vintage) "A gorgeous example of Lascombes, the 2005, a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot, continues the remarkable turn-around in quality that began five years ago. A stunningly opulent wine with a dense purple color, the 2005 possesses a beautiful perfume of spring flowers, blueberries, blackberries, creosote, and graphite, full body, silky but noticeable tannins, a layered mouthfeel, and a stunning, 45+-second finish. This is a brilliant, modern-styled Margaux that s...

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Expert Reviews
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  • Wine & Spirits
    (From 2005 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 10/08
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 2005 Vintage) Rating: (94-96) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 170 on Apr-07
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2005 Vintage) Rating: 94-96 - As reviewed by Robert Parker
  • 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.
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 2003 Vintage) Rating: (91-93) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 152 on Apr-04