The 2015 Lascombes was out of sorts when I re-tasted the wine after bottling, but a year later, it has settled down and is one of the best wines from the estate in recent vintages. It offers delightfully pure, beautifully defined black cherry and blueberry fruit; pressed violet aromas gradually unfurl with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with crisp tannin, which is perhaps still a little rigid but provides a symmetrical framework upon which the pure, graphite-tinged black fruit rests. One to watch. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.
|Score: 92||Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019|
The 2015 Lascombes has a dense, rich bouquet with licorice and cigar box-infused black fruit and a touch of wilted violet. It feels rather tight-fisted compared to its peers in the Margaux appéllation. The palate is very smooth on the entry, plenty of new oak here, balanced but for want of a better word, missing some personality - especially on the finish that feels just a little labored. Drink 2019-2032.
|Score: 89/91||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016|
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Lascombes has a beautiful nose of black forest cake, violets, cassis and tilled soil with wafts of garrigue and potpourri. Medium-bodied, very fine and elegant with great intensity of restrained, earthy flavors, it has a long, savory finish. 2021 - 2039
|Score: 94||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018|
Immediate depth to the aromas of dark cherries, plums and blackberries with subtly spicy and cedary oak amid stony, minerally accents. The palate has immense depth and presence without relying on brute force. This is all about charm and fluidity. Superb wine. Try from 2023.
|Score: 95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018|
This is so powerful and rich with fantastic depth of fruit and tannin structure. Full body, chewy yet polished in impressive. Stretches the limit on tannin extraction but it’s all there. Should develop beautifully in the barrel.
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016|
Powerful, deep and flamboyant, the 2015 Lascombes is one of the most overt, concentrated wines readers will find in Margaux. Inky blue/purplish fruit, chocolate, spice, lavender and new leather are all super-concentrated. Even with all of its obvious fruit intensity, the 2015 has a good bit of supporting structure as well. There is no question Lascombes is a technically well-made wine. But I always fine myself wondering if this site has more to say than what comes through in this delicious, but somewhat anonymous, Margaux. Tasted two times. 2021 - 2035
|Score: 93||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2018|
The 2015 Lascombes is rich, powerful and inviting. All the elements fall into place in a juicy, succulent Margaux endowed with superb overall balance. Sweet red cherry, plum, spice and grilled herbs are given an added kick of polish by the silky tannins. Racy and open-knit, the 2015 is built to deliver considerable pleasure with minimal cellaring. Readers should expect a bold, forward Margaux with modern contours and plenty of concentration.
|Score: 92/95||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016|
Tasted blind. Second bottle: Sweet and round and utterly pleasing. Easy minerality. Chewy end.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019|
Deep lustrous crimson. Quite penetrating aroma but still too sweet to be seriously refreshing! Hint of California chocolate here plus quite a bit of acidity.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, November 2017|
Dark purple. A little bit of wood shavings on the nose of this, as in the second wine. Very sweet palate entry without quite the energy of some of the most successful Margaux but it is certainly dramatic. Some will love its full-on impact. Tastes a bit alcoholic.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016|
There has been a total transformation in quality here recently. Modern, impressive wines are now being made here which are often criticised for not being very Margaux-like. Nevertheless, they are much better than the weedy efforts produced at Lascombes under the former regime. This is a large vineyard of 118 hectares that is planted with a high percentage of Merlot - 50% - along with 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. Elevage in 70% new oak. Deep purple colour with spicy, sweet vanilla from toasty oak, black cherry fruit and a hint of cigar box. Inky and viscous on the palate with a modern extracted tannic style carried by intensity and concentration of ripe, but not baked, fruit. Powerful for Margaux with lots of ripe and seductive fruit on the finish.
|Score: 15.5+||Farr Vintners, March 2016|
Rich and ripe on the nose the palate is fleshy and supple with ripe black fruits. Tighter in the middle firm tannins and a mineral edge yet it fills out at the back rich and generous on the finish.
|Score: 89/92||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016|
Lascombes is plush and buoyant on the nose and palate and I was expecting it to fade when it fact it just kept on going.
Not the most complex wine and a little too oak-scented, it is still a much more successful offering than many Margaux.
The finish is closed and cool, but not raw, and this is a very good sign. It will drink well over two decades and I am very
satisfied with the texture above all of its traits which shows very sensitive extraction.
|Score: 17.5||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016|