|Subregion||France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Margaux|
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.
The 2016 Lascombes has a deep garnet color. It needs a fair bit of swirling to release notes of baked blackcurrants, plum preserves, and tar, with wafts of candied violets and smoked meats. Medium-bodied, the palate is plush and juicy with just enough freshness and a long, fragrant finish.
Full, focused and precise with dark berries, intensely fine tannins and a fresh finish. Medium to full body and a persistent finish. More refined than in the past, yet it remains very well structured.
Some beautiful aromatics going on here, this has the sexy, ripe focus that is a signature of this property under consultant Michel Rolland and director Dominique Befve. It doesn't disappoint, and as ever for me it conveys a sense of joy and vibrancy in the fruit. The blend in 2016 is 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot, from a yield of 45hl/ha. There is deep black pepper and cinammon spicing, and while the tannins are a little tight it has clear oak structure. A lovely wine that is a strong successor to the excellent 2015.
Drinking Window 2027 - 2045
Dark blackish purple. I'd hate to be given this blind. It's pure Napa Valley! So sweet! So concentrated! Not really Margaux but a mouthful of concentration, certainly. Drying finish with a slight suggestion of something underripe on the very end. Extremely different from most of its neighbours but the style will definitely appeal to some palates. Just goes a bit dead on the end.
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. A deep colour, with roasted fruits and smoke on the nose. The palate shows ripe black cherry in great concentration with hints of mint and spice. The tannins are firm, with a chewy texture supporting toasty new oak through to a long, dry and spicy finish.
The 2016 Château Lascombes is another brilliant Margaux, and I was blown away by this wine on two separate occasions. Sporting a deep purple color as well as a thrilling bouquet of cassis, smoked earth, charcoal, and tobacco, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, has obvious minerality, a big palate presence, and a terrific sense of elegance and purity. It’s a beautiful wine, and while I’d happily enjoy bottles today, it’s going to keep for 25-30 years. Drink 2021-2051.
Sweet and ripe the nose has fleshy richness the palate is full of ripe black fruits. Firm tannins in the middle these combined with the freshness tend to hold back the fruit but it does fill out on the back palate and finishes with sweeter fruit. 2025-36
The 2016 Lascombes has a decadent, but pure bouquet with layers of black cherry and blueberry fruit, the new oak conspicuous and (as usual) quite glossy and extroverted in style. The palate is very ripe with saturated tannin, bold and extravagant with a voluminous middle of blackberry, graphite and blue fruit. There is a powerful and heady finish; what it just lacks is finesse and that sense of personality. I tasted this Margaux on several occasions and it was one of the most variable samples, hence the question mark against my score. Drink 2022-2045.
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Lascombes features beautiful candied violets, Black Forest cake, cassis and menthol with hints of underbrush, cloves, pencil lead and tar. Medium-bodied with good intensity and firm, grainy tannins, it finishes long and perfumed. Drink 2019 - 2037.