CHÂTEAU LILIAN LADOUYS
2014 Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Saint Estèphe
|Grapes||Cab Franc, Merlot, Cab Sauv|
|Classification||Cru Bourgeois Supérieur|
2% Petit Verdot adds a nice element to this ample, full and impressive wine. There is a touch of chewy intensity to the deep fruit - but ripeness is spot-on, broad but balance is there too. Nicely done with a touch of modernity. Another stylish St Estephe! Will be a good one for the cellar and mid-term drinking. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027 Rating: 89 L&S (Apr 2015)
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The Château Lilian-Ladouys 2014 is a blend of 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot cropped at 44hl/ha. Aged in 30% new oak from several cooperages, it veers towards fleshy red berry fruit on the nose with hints of dried herbs and sous-bois lending personality, something to talk about. The palate is medium-bodied with tobacco infused black fruit, masculine in style with good backbone and impressive precision on the finish. This Saint Estèpe cru has seen a rapid improvement in recent years and this is another fine wine to add to their roster. I expect the bottle sample to land at the upper end of the band and continue the upswing in fortunes since its acquisition by Jacky Lorenzetti. Drinking range: 2019 - 2032 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (May 2015)
Lillian Ladouys is soft, plump and juicy, with lovely immediacy in its fruit and terrific overall balance. Dark red cherry, plum and spice notes flesh out in the glass, but it is the wine's textured, layered personality that is most appealing. The 2014 will drink well early and should be a terrific value as well. There is a lot to like. The blend is 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. This is a terrific effort from Lilian Ladouys and the team headed Technical Director Vincent Bache-Gabrielsen and Consulting Winemaker Eric Boissenot. Rating: 88-90 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Apr 2015)
This is a very serious and structured wine from here. Best ever? Full, chewy and structured. Plenty of fruit. Chewy. Rating: 91-92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Mar 2015)
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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