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PRESS REVIEW - CHÂTEAU LASCOMBES

Robert PARKER - Primeurs - Avril 2012

A blend of 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot that tips the scales at 14% natural alcohol, the 2011 Lascombes is another knock-out effort. (Michel Rolland is the consultant.) Made in a more modern style with plenty of toasty oak intermixed with blueberry and black currant fruit as well as hints of licorice and camphor, the wine's textured lushness on the mid-palate, sweet, well-integrated tannins and full-throttle finish result in an impressive Margaux to drink over the next 15 years.

91-93

Gault & Millau - June 2012

One of the leaders of the vintage, this 2011 is simply magnificent. The soft-grained tannins are almost silky and linger with notes of cherries and roses coming through. The balance is remarkable.

18/20

Gilbert & Gaillard - Guide des vins 2013

PRIMEUR: Deep colour. Concentrated nose, fruit-forward, wild berry aromas. Warm and fleshy on the palate, opening out beautifully to reveal black fruits in brandy, low acidity. Short finish, still a bit firm.

92

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Robert PARKER - Primeurs - Mai 2011

2010: While this large property is composed of a huge number of small parcels that must require military-like precision to harvest, the quality of the wines over the last decade has been remarkable. The 2010 may turn out to be the greatest Lascombes ever made. It boasts a dense purple color along with an extraordinarily uplifted set of aromatics consisting of blueberry liqueur, black cherries, subtle smoke, crushed rocks and restrained oak. Massive fruit, an unctuous texture, a skyscraper-like mid-palate and stunning definition (because of good acids and a modest pH) have resulted in a formidable wine that will benefit from 5-6 years of cellaring, and should keep for 30 years. A brilliant effort!

94-97

Gault Millau Supplément - Juin 2011

Wonderfully fine with just the right concentration and precise balance and a touch of freshness showing through. The delicate creaminess of the texture releases notes of crisp red berry fruits. The oak present during the primeurs tasting will integrate harmoniously in the wine.

18/20

Bordeaux News

Very ripe, the wine opens out revealing deep, stylish aromas with notes of plum, blackberry and liquorice-laced black cherry. Explosive in the attack on the palate with layers of black fruit flavours, followed by an unctuous, opulent, very tender mouth-feel. A wonderful master-stroke.

*****

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TAST - Avril 2010

A superb, stylish, classy nose revealing aromas of bilberries and violets and perfect grape ripeness. The tannins are marvellously smooth as the development on the palate displays great Margaux qualities. Impossible to understand why some consider it too "modern".

18,5

Parker - Avril 2010

Midnight oil? Dense black purple to the rim, the 2009 Lascombes has enormous concentration, with loads of graphite, blackberry, and blueberry notes as well as hints of pen ink and truffle. The wine is super-intense, full-bodied, fleshy, and rich. This is another wine that will compete with the 2005, which is certainly the best Lascombes I have ever tasted. (Tasted three times.)

94-96+

Andreas LARSSON - TASTED Winter 2011-2012

Very intense and ripe, an abundance of fruit with hints of dark plum, blackcurrant, cherry, some roasted notes of coffee beans, tar and smoke. Incredibly full and intense on the palate, beautifully structured with layers of fruit, very fine tannin and freshness, already with an impeccable balance and marvellous length. Should indeed develop more complexity and nuance with age, but is darn good already! Should have a very long life ahead of it.

96

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TAST - Bettane & Desseauve

A deep, complex nose with hints of liquorice and bilberries, soft tannins behind the oak, stylish length of palate revealing flavours of liquorice-aniseed (cachou). Lots of work was needed to achieve this result and at last in the finish there is finesse and panache!

17/20

1855 Magazine

Its aromas take their time to show through –and rightly so. The most important thing is that they are on show the day when a glass is poured to be consumed -Lascombes 2008 will certainly be there on that day! However, glimpses are already detectable of sweet notes of blackberry, blackcurrant, violets, roasted coffee beans and oaky vanilla. On the palate, the wine reveals more expression with a velvety texture. It is dense and opulent; structured, fruity and mineral. A very refined Margaux.

♥♥♥♥

Robert PARKER - Mai 2011

2008: Another incredibly successful sleeper of the vintage, the 2008 Lascombes confirms just how many top 2008s were produced. A dark plum/ruby/purple-tinged color is followed by a sexy, up-front perfume of forest floor, damp earth, blue and red fruits and a touch of spicy oak. Lush with low acidity and sweet tannin, it appears to be a bigger version of the stunning 2008 Malescot St.-Exupery. Drink it over the next 15 or more years – it is well-worth buying by the case.

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Decanter - internet 21/04/08

"Intense black-red, solid concentration of blackcurrant Cabernet fruit, lots of extraction but not heavy, impressive fruit on the palate, ripe, good depth, potentially complex and very good medium term. Drink 2012-17."

17 points

TAST - April 08

A lovely cedar-wood nose, a splendid creamy texture, nothing vulgar this year in the integration of the oak, the tannins are remarkably silky and complex. A superb job done at Lascombes which at last puts this growth on a par with the best second growths.

17-17,5/20

Gilbert & Gaillard - Guide des vins 2013

A garnet hue. A fine, rich nose with touches of toasty oak and chocolate against a backdrop of blackcurrant and redcurrant. Fleshy on the palate with fine tannins, quality oak, a silky mouth-feel. Superb aromatic balance, lingering scents. A rich and full-bodied Margaux.

95

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TAST-Bettane & Desseauve - N°30

A deep and complex nose, a remarkably velvety texture, creamy tannins; in short a superbly “finished” and readable sample, and without doubt an accomplished wine in a modern style, but which doesn’t break with the past (at least in our eyes it doesn’t), compared with the great traditional Médocs!

17/20

Grand Jury Européen – July 08

"Ranked 13th out of 210 Bordeaux wines tasted, and coming in 11th position for wines on Bordeaux’s Left Bank. Cohesion rating by the wine’s tasters: “Excellent”. These ratings express the convergence (Excellent – Very Good – Good – Average – Poor – Very Poor) of opinions expressed of the quality level of the wine tasted."

*****

LE FIGARO - L'AVIS DU VIN - Sept 12

Bernard BURTSCHY: “made in a modern mould, the wine is dense, velvety and tannic with outstanding flesh”.

17

PRESS REVIEW - CHÂTEAU LASCOMBES

James Suckling - 30 mars 2006

Lots of very ripe fruit with blackberries and licorice. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins. Starts off slowly on the palate. Long. Best in a long time here.

92-94

Robert Parker

The most profound Lascombes produced under the new ownership, the 2005 is a 25000-case blend of 52% CS, 45% M, and 3% PV. It boasts an ink/blue/purple color in addition to an extroardinary perfume of charcoal, barbecue smoke, grilled meats, and sweet blackberries, cherries and violets. With tremendous intensity, purity, freshness, definition, palate presence, and a moderately tannic finish (the tannin is sweet and well integrated), this blockbuster is rich and concentrated yet maintains its Margaux typicity. Anticipated maturity : 2010-2030

94-96

CARNETS DE DEGUSTATION INTERNET - 26 April 2006 Jean-Marc Quarin

I gave my best score to this growth during the primeurs tastings. I tasted it three times in very different conditions, and its qualities impressed me every time. A very attractive deep dark colour. A great nose packed with fruit and spices. A vanilla, floral note. Amazingly fleshy on the palate! Incredibly rich, fresh, powerful and aromatic! Fantastic length of flavour. I have never witnessed this wine so fine and complete.

16,75

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RVF Les Carnets de Dégustation - N°40 - 22 April 2005

A very dark colour and a great intensity of aroma on the nose revealing a complex oaky character. The attack is very full, then the mid-palate reveals a very ripe, tannic, oaky, rich wine with a fresh finish. A very fine Margaux with quality oak character.

8,5

CARNETS DE DEGUSTATION - N°45 - May 2005 by Jean-Marc Quarin

I gave my best score to this growth during the primeurs tastings. Dominique Befve did a great job at this estate in 2004. This wine has one of the most wonderful noses ever experienced here. It’s also the wine which is most in sync with the aromatic and distinguished style of the Margaux appellation: floral, fruity and much more subtly oaked than the 2001 and 2002. These impressions also come through on the palate. The wine has elegant flesh; it’s very savoury and very fruity. It has a long finish with ripe, fine tannins showing through. The quality of this length of finish gets it extra marks. One of the successes of the vintage. Grape composition: 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. Alcoholic degree: 13° - IPT : 90.

16-16,25

Robert PARKER - 2006

The 2004 Lascombes appears to be superior to the 2003. An extraordinary blue-purple color is accompanied by knock-out aromatics spring flowers, crushed rocks, charcoal, blueberries, blackberries, and cherries. Medium to full-bodied, rich and textured with impeccable precision as well as definition, this beauty may be the finest Lascombes yet produced. Anticipated maturity : 2008-2020+

93-94

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1855.com - APRIL 2004

The outstanding quality of the Cabernet Sauvignon (50%) –very pure, healthy and fresh, combined with magnificently concentrated and ripe Merlot (45%), produced a wine of delicious, fresh lingering fruit flavour. The tannins are rich, very long and beautifully silky on the palate.

****

Robert PARKER - Avril 2005

Perhaps the finest Lascombes ever made and a wine that recalls the opulent, viscous, almost Port-like 1947s and 1949s, the 2003 boasts an inky purple color as well as a gorgeously sweet nose of flowers, blackberries, cassis liqueur, graphite and license. Exotic with impressive intensity, marvelous viscosity, and tremendous purity and depth, this is a tour de force in winemaking and one of the stars of the vintage. Last year I thought this was the best Lascombes I had ever tasted, but it has put on even more weight and seems destined to be a superstar. Anticipated maturity : 2008+

92-95

Andreas LARSSON - TASTED Winter 2011-2012

Beautiful aromas emerge from the glass, sweet and intense with floral hints, sweet raspberry, tobacco and truffle. The palate is rich and powerful, packed with red and dark fruit, a high level of tannin and extract that is finely integrated by now, opulent and enjoyable with a rich and long finish. Despite its rather flamboyant character, very well balanced with a good dose of freshness.

92

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RVF - June 2003 by Bettane & Desseauve

The garnet hue is opaque and rich-textured. On the nose, raspberry fruit notes mingle with toasty oak. The palate displays lovely softness with silky flesh and tender tannins. In a modern style, the wine combines freshness with length.

****

Robert PARKER - Avril 2005 The Wine Advocate

2002 : a candidate for one of the top wines of the vintage. Lascombes has turned in a brilliant effort with a deep ruby/purple color as well as gorgeous aromas of plums, cassis, black cherries, and flowers. It boasts a terrific texture, medium to full body, an expansive, multi-layered mid-palate and a tremendously pure finish revealing nicely integrated wood, acidity, alcohol, and tannin. This is a beauty of precision and power. Anticipated maturity : 2007-2020.

93

LE GUIDE FLEURUS DES VINS 2006

A deep purple hue with blue-purple and black tones. A dense nose offering complex scents of chocolate, toasted bread, cocoa and freshly-ground coffee. A deep, dense palate revealing aromas of sweet elderberry and small black fruit berries (blackcurrants, black cherries and blackberries). Good length of finish. This wine, which has excellent ageing potential, is among the best of its appellation.

19/20

PRESS REVIEW - CHÂTEAU LASCOMBES

Bettane & Desseauve

The first vintage by Alain Raynaud and his team at Lascombes was eagerly awaited: the result turned out to be quite amazing and the very opposite of the previous vintages of this growth, which up till then had been disappointing. The colour is deep, and the nose is immediately attractive with nuances of menthol and vanilla. The palate is very soft and tender with an excellent intense and tight-knit texture, indicating the perfect ripeness of the grapes. The wine as a whole has an up-front seductive character.

8-8,5

Robert PARKER

The revelation of the Medoc, Lascombes was a moribund property until it was sold in 2000, and the new owner brought in such hot-shot gurus as Yves Vatelot (Reignac), Dr. Alain Raynaud (Quinault l'Enclos and La Fleur de Gay), and Michel Rolland (of worldwide renown). They were given carte blanche authority to make all the necessary changes in the vineyard and cellars to produce the finest wine possible. Yields are now one-third of what they were pre-2000 - only a meager 27 hectoliters per hectare in 2001! Lascombes' 2001 reveals the appellation's savory elegance and lightness, but more fruit purity, texture, and intensity than any Lascombes I have ever tasted. The wine is beautifully balanced with a dense ruby/purple/plum color, and a gorgeous nose of smoky black currants, minerals, flowers, and blackberries. It is sweet, ripe, light on its feet, and textured, with an extraordinary seamlessness. It is undoubtedly better than the 2000, no small achievement. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2018.

90-93

Andreas LARSSON - TASTED Winter 2011-2012

Dense ruby core, the rim is starting to show a certain development. The nose is intense and generous with a fair amount of complexity, lightly smoky and roasted with hints of confiture (jam), tobacco and fine spices. The palate is showing a very attractive structure, full and rich with plenty of sweet fruit, a very silky texture and supple tannins, long and persistent aftertaste with a gorgeous complexity, really most attractive and perfectly enjoyable today.

95