Château Lascombes, 2ème Cru Classé, Margaux, 2011

  Château Lascombes

Château Lascombes, 2ème Cru Classé, Margaux

This second growth estate has shrugged off its lousy reputation with a string of exceptional wines since the millennium. Detractors will say that the wines are rather massive, but they are highly sought after and have attracted the admiration of American uber-critic, Robert Parker. Flashy, extracted and not particularly Margaux in style, they may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they are impressive, modern examples and a welcome change to the ‘old’ style of Lascombes. Aromatically complex with plenty of silky, extravagant fruit on the mid-palate. Lots of dry extract, impressive fruit content, but the tannins are rather arid.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Lascombes

Lascombes is a 2ème Cru Classé, located in the appellation of Margaux.

Appellation: Margaux

The wines tend to show more perfume and roundness than neighbour St-Julien, Pauillac, and St-Estèphe, whilst retaining a certain structure and concentration. Margaux is the most southerly and most extensive of the famous Médoc communes, a patchwork of vineyards with lesser parcels classed purely as Haut-Médoc. A myriad of soil mixtures can be found, clay, limestone, and gravel. Though quality is not always consistent here, the potential is great as more Margaux properties were included in the 1855 classification of the Médoc and Graves than any other appellation.

The two leading lights are the highly sought after Châteaux Margaux and Palmer, though there are several other solid performers including Brane-Cantenac, Rauzan-Ségla, Durfort-Vivens, Lascombes, Giscours, Ferrières, Malescot St Exupery and Luc Thienpont’s new boutique vineyard, Clos des Quatre Vents.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot

A classic partnership. The stock left bank Bordeaux blend also used to good affect in the New World. Cabernet's, acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics.