2010 Chateau Lascombes (Case of Six)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Margaux
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 89-92
Wine Advocate: 94-97
Vinous Media: 88-91
Jeff Leve: 91-93
James Suckling: 91-92
Red Wine


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"Slightly jammy, with a ripe, forward profile of plum, prune, blackberry and black cherry backed by an ample dose of dark licorice on the slightly raisiny finish." (WS)

"While this large property is composed of a huge number of small parcels that must require military-like precision to harvest, the quality of the wines over the last decade has been remarkable. The 2010 may turn out to be the greatest Lascombes ever made. It boasts a dense purple color along with an extraordinarily uplifted set of aromatics consisting of blueberry liqueur, black cherries, subtle smoke, crushed rocks and restrained oak. Massive fruit, an unctuous texture, a skyscraper-like mid-palate and stunning definition (because of good acids and a modest pH) have resulted in a formidable wine that will benefit from 5-6 years of cellaring, and should keep for 30 years. A brilliant effort!" (WA)

"(50% cabernet sauvignon, 45% merlot and 5% petit verdot Very deep, almost inky ruby. Perfumed aromas of red cherry, dark plum, flowers and cedar, plus a whiff of menthol. Juicy, sweet and nicely deep, with red cherry, blackberry and underbrush flavors carrying through to the long finish. The wine's tannins are firm but polished, and its bright, harmonious acids leave an impression of freshness and refinement that I don't always associate with Lascombes." (IWC)

"Lascombes was one of the few estates in the Medoc to use more Merlot in their blend than they included in 2009. With a blend of 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, the wine is deep ruby with blue, purple accents. On the nose, violets, oak, cassis and forest floor aromas are easy to find. Concentrated with ripe fruit, cassis, tannin and wood, this plush textured, tannic Bordeaux wine, finishes with chocolate, cassis and coffee flavors." (JL)

"Impressive start, with lots of polished and silky tannins here, and an enticing depth of fruit and a caressing finish. Slightly one-dimensional.$$" (JS)