By Chateau Lascombes
1996 Lascombes from Chateau Lascombes, Margaux, Bordeaux
In the illustrious tapestry of Bordeaux's vinous history, the 1996 vintage stands as a beacon of classic structure and elegance. The 1996 Lascombes from Chateau Lascombes in the prestigious Margaux appellation encapsulates the distinct prowess of this memorable year with a grace that remains firm in its two-and-a-half decades of maturation.
The Hallmarks of a Distinguished Vintage
The growing season in 1996 graced winemakers with nearly ideal conditions. This resulted in grapes that achieved full phenolic ripeness, harnessing the quintessence of terroir that Margaux is celebrated for. At Chateau Lascombes, meticulous vineyard management ensured that the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes harvested were, without hesitation, among the finest to cross the château's historical threshing floor.
A Sensorial Ballet of Richness and Complexity
As one decants the 1996 Lascombes from Chateau Lascombes, it is an invitation to a sumptuous ballet of aromas: violets and blackcurrants pirouette amidst subtle hints of leather and tobacco—a rich tapestry woven by time itself. Tasting reveals a well-integrated structure where tannins, softened yet commanding, partner with the vibrancy of acid to lift the ripe fruit to an enduring crescendo. With a finish that speaks more in paragraphs than sentences, it captivates and leaves one longing for another sip.
For the discerning fine wine investor, there lies a twofold charm in acquiring bottles such as the 1996 Lascombes from Chateau Lascombes; not only does it stand as an emblem of notable vintages conducive for beneficial...
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Scores and tasting notes
This Lascombes is now drinking very well. A lovely, floral Margaux nose with great delineation and judicious use of new oak that is now completely enmeshed into the bouquet. Perhaps a little light but good purity. The palate is medium-bodied, nice grainy tannins, very good acidity with a citrusy freshness leading to a tart red-berried fruit on the finish. Very fine. Drink now-2015. Tasted May 2008.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2008
This is a mainstream, oaky, soft, fruity wine without much depth or length. It is open-knit, with dried herb and black currant fruit in its moderately intense aromatics. The short finish reveals no hard edges. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 22 April 1999