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Inky deep black colour. This has little in the way of relief in the flavours; all dense and in one piece, the tannins give thickness, but it is no fun at all. 2020-2025? Rating: 84 L&S (Apr 2014)
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An inky/ruby/purple color is followed by an impressive bouquet of forest floor, black currants and spring flowers. Full-bodied, opulent and ripe with impressive density and richness and a fuller style than many of its peers, the 2013 Lascombes proves that top-notch viticultural work, an excellent team in the cellar and a strict selection can turn a so-so vintage into something very good. Drink it over the next 10-12 years. 2014-2026 Rating: 90-93 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Aug 2014)
Bright, full ruby. Plum, black cherry, redcurrant, lead pencil and cocoa on the nose. Sweet fruit flavors are nicely framed by harmonious acidity, but turn quite firm--almost tough--on the moderately long finish. Substantial tongue-dusting tannins are keeping the fruit under wraps today. Rating: 86-88 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website(May 2014)
Sweet on the nose the start of the palate has some ripe black fruits. The tannins are obvious the mid palate tighter yet at the back there is more weight with a sweet mix of cassis and black cherry. 2020-30 Rating: 88-90 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk(May 2014)
Rating: 86 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(May 2014)
More intense and much oakier than its own second wine but seemingly not much better. Too much carpentry and the fruit is far too forced and raw. It will not all soften out. Grainy and harsh. Rating: 15.5+ Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com(Apr 2014)
Dark black fruit essence. Chewy texture which really overwhelms the finish, and the flavours fall away quite quickly. (RH) Drink 2018-2022. Rating: 15 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2014)
Rich colour, extracted robust fruit, rather chunky but will wake up once in bottle. Drink: 2018-2028. Rating: 16.75 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2014)
Plump, and with a juicy edge as dark plum and blackberry flavors mingle with black tea and singed balsam wood notes. Good flesh through the stone-tinged finish. Rating: 88–91 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2014)
Very attractive blueberry and mineral character but slightly hollow center palate. Medium body. Light finish. Rating: 86-87 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2014)
The Lascombes is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot and 5% Merlot cropped at 25hl/ha between 26 September and 12 October. It has a slightly pinched nose that will hopefully gain more vigour by the time of bottling. At the moment if feels too strict. The palate is medium-bodied with firm grippy tannins, but it is lacking fruit intensity and fleshiness towards the finish. Rating: 84-86 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2014)
The 2013 Lascombes is nicely layered in the glass. Dark red and blue fruit, tobacco and smoke all meld together effortlessly. This supple, fruit-forward Margaux is best enjoyed in its youth. The finish is gracious and inviting. Rating: 89-91 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2014)
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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