|Grapes||Cab Franc, Merlot, Cab Sauv|
|Classification||Cru Bourgeois Supérieur|
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. 12.7% Alc. Nice clean ripe nose, the the Merlot is warm and inviting. A very oaky moment gives a slightly medicinal edge, but the fruit is there and the consistency and power are good. Punchy but it's got drive too - well done. Rating: 90 L&S (Apr 2012)
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Château Lilian Ladouys
This lovely little cru Bourgeois in Saint Estephe enjoys an enviable location close to Lafite Rothschild and Cos d'Estournel and is planted to 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. With old vines averaging 40 years, Lilian Ladouys has incredible potential to produce exciting wines during our lifetime with very reasonable price tags. The history of the estate can be traced back as far as 1654, when the property was in the ownership of Jacques de Bercoyan, a Bordeaux magistrate. By this time the estate was already known as La Doys, an obvious precursor to the Ladouys name of today.
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