|Classification||2ème Cru Classé|
Very burnt oak nose and absurd bitter ashy tannins. Really this is a disaster. Rating: 82 L&S (Apr 2009)
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The 2008 Lascombes felt smudged and lacked complexity on the nose compared to its peers, open-knit, enjoyable but it is missing a sense of terroir. The palate is sweet and candied on the entry with fine tannin and well judged acidity, notes of black plum and a smear of cassis. This Lascombes is ready to be broached now but it is just missing personality and sense of being "Margaux". Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 88 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Feb 2018)
Rating: 91-94 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2009)
Dark crimson. Medium intensity and some mossiness on the nose. Sweet, seductive start – a Pomerol from Margaux. Very rich and soft and velvety with the fine tannins coming in towards the end. Not very Margaux but certainly very opulent. Be aware of the style! Finish dries the palate a bit at the moment. 2013-20 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2009)
Margaux Deuxième cru 1855 Château Lascombes was originally part of a larger estate that included what is now Château Durfort-Vivens. The estate passed through many hands with one of the more notable owners being Jean-Jules Théophile, a successful lawyer, who built today's château and purchased the neighbouring Château Marquis d'Alesme-Becker with a view to amalgamating the two. His death, in 1923, put an end to that plan and Marquis d'Alesme-Becker was sold off. Years of decline were arrested in 1951, when Alexis Lichine bought Château Lascombes, having bought Château Prieuré-Lichine the year before. In order to fund much needed investment, Alexis needed financial backers - financial backers who sold the estate to Bass Charrington in 1971. Bass Charrington continued to invest in Château Lascombes but the results were less than exciting. More dynamic new owners - Capital Colony - in 2001 have seen considerable improvements, however. Alain Reynaud was installed to head up the team, which included Michel Rolland on oenology. The 84ha of vineyard are planted to 50% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon with the rest Petit Verdot. The grand vin sees quite a high proportion of new wood, in some years as much as 100%.
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