(From 2011 Vintage) A soft and charming Lascombes while sweetness, but the tannins are present, medium length, nice spicy finish.
"90 points Robert Parker: The first superb Lascombes in nearly 35 years, this generous, deep ruby/purple-colored 2000 does not possess the complexity or finesse of the 2001, but offers plenty of perfumed, smoky licorice, black currant, and cherry fruit in a medium-bodied, long, concentrated style with no hard edges. While it possesses a more muscular, tannic character than the 2001, it is clearly the finest wine made at this estate since their classic 1966 and 1970. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2016."" (04/03) 89 Wine Spectator, 3/04 Pleasant wine. Plenty of blackberry read more...and currants, with hints of vanilla. Medium-bodied, with lovely, finely knit tannins and a long, berry and vanilla aftertaste. Best after 2007. 18,885 cases made. (JS) Decanter 4 Stars: February 2003 - Reserved nose, black fruit, dense and opulent. Plums. Rich concentrated sweet fruits, has intensity, a lot of oak, discreet power, built to last. Good length. Drink 10+ years. (2/03) Steven Tanzer 87-90: Bright, deep ruby. Sappy aromas of blackberry, violet and espresso. Slightly medicinal but sweet flavors of boysenberry and blackberry. Has a firm spine. This will ultimately merit a score at the higher end of my range if the slightly gritty tannins are refined during elevage Under the direction of Alain Raynaud, the new American owners of this huge chateau did a strict selection of the best barrels for their 2000 grand vin. Geoff Kelly 17.5:; Jancis Robinson rating 16; Ruby, carmine and velvet, totally in class with the group of wines. Initially opened, it is easy to be put off by slight reductiveness, bottlestink, and brett, so the first impression is of an old-fashioned wine. With breathing / decanting however, deeply plummy fruit and charry oak appear, followed by a richly cassisy palate integrating the oak marvellously. Total balance of flavours is closest to the Craggy among the New Zealand wines, but the Craggy is cleaner, richer and fractionally softer a marvellous stylistic comparison. The Lascombes will cellar 10 20 years, to develop cigarbox complexities. It will however always need to decanting to show its best. GK 05/04 Clive Coates: 17: 2012-2030: Medium-full colour. Fullish, rich, quite sturdy nose. Yet good smooth style on aeration. Fullish body. Very well balanced. Rich, concentrated and sophisticated. Lots of depth. Very good indeed. (The Wines of Bordeaux: Vintages and Tasting Notes 1952-2003) """ (hide)
DecanterRating: 4/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Deep, vibrant colour, concentrated intense nose and densely fruity, very concentrated but not lacking in elegance, good extraction and very good potential, a typically meaty Lascombes, but with more purity of fruit than in recent years. Ready 2006-2020. (