2011 Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint Estèphe

Grapes Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Estèphe
Classification Cru Bourgeois Supérieur
ABV 12.7%

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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This is generous and forward for a St.-Estèphe, with plum and kirsch notes lined with hints of blood orange and red licorice. Shows a juicy feel through the finish, balanced by honest grip. A modern rendition that maintains a tug of terroir. Drink now through 2019 Drinking range: 2017 - 2019 Rating: 90 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2017)

Particularly dark purplish crimson. There is just a hint of oxidation on the nose. Very light nose. Then sweet and ripe and rather brawny and brutal. Marked, tough tannins. Perhaps the sample is a bit old but it seems a little over extracted. Harsh almst bitter tannic finish. 2017-2024 Rating: 14.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - (May 2012)

The Lilian Ladouys has a very pretty bouquet with lifted ripe blackberry fruit laced with finely tuned vanillary oak. The palate is also feminine, pretty and pure with supple black fruits and a very composed, focused finish. This is a very well made, delicious Saint Estèphe from a rejuvenated estate. Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, (Apr 2012)

Château Lilian Ladouys

This lovely Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel in Saint Estèphe enjoys an enviable location on the Cos plateau, near to Calon, Montrose and Cos d'Estournel itself. The 80 hectare vineyard is 80% on gravel with a clay-limestone base, 20% on limestone-clay and is planted at 8500-10000 vines per hectare, with 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc.

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 it was already known as La Doys, an obvious precursor to the Ladouys name of today.

The exciting modern history of the property began in 2008 when it was bought by Jacky Lorenzetti, and the family's investment was rewarded with the Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel classification in 2018. Since the purchase there has been many more deals to consolidate a coherent vineyard from the many parcels.

Lilian Ladouys is managed by Emmanuel Cruse, the consultant oenologist is Eric Boissenot. The work in the vineyard aims to make sure there is an even spread of bunches on the vines, and that these are well-ventilated (leaf-thinning). The earth is ploughed, with either sowing of ground-cover between the vines, or leaving nature to its own devices, depending on the vigour of each parcel. The grapes are harvested by hand, with sorting as bunches and again by grape after the de-stemming, after which the they go into the vats by gravity for a cold maceration prior to the fermentation. Extraction is managed by gentle délestage. The wine is aged in barrel, with 40% new wood each year.

The vineyard certified 'Haute Valeur Envionmentale' level 3. From 2020 they began conversion to organics with 20% of the vineyard, and all being well will complete conversion in 2023.

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