By Chateau Lascombes
2001 Lascombes from Chateau Lascombes, Margaux, Bordeaux
Bordeaux enthusiasts will no doubt recall that the 2001 vintage presented challenges that sifted the consummate winemakers from the rest - a true test of viticulture mettle. In this vintage, the renowned Margaux appellation, renowned for its polished and opulent wines, witnessed the creation of a marvel in the 2001 Lascombes from Chateau Lascombes. This particular harvest encapsulated both the rigour of the yields and a meticulous assemblage of varietals.
Defining Characteristics of a Nuanced Year
Breaking through the adversities of the season, 2001 Lascombes displayed an astute mastery over the capricious climate, which veered between wetness and glorious sunshine. The result is a wine that impresses with both resilience and grace under pressure. It dispenses with the lush immediacy typical of easier vintages; instead, it chooses to coax the drinker into its depths gradually.
Inherently complex, this vintage wields a spectrum of dark fruit notes interlaced with touches of violet and subtle hints of tobacco - a nod to its time in oak barrels. The palate is complex yet composed, with finely-knit tannins seamlessly integrated into the body of the wine, leading to a magnificent finish that leaves a lingering savour akin to a whispered secret between intimates.
Investment Consideration Meets Exquisite Experience
For savvy collectors and investors, 2001 Lascombes stands as one of the true gems from an otherwise heterogeneous vintage across Bordeaux. Its stunning evolution defies its initial conception as a wine of patience rather than immediacy - embodying the rewards reserved for those who dare to delve into its maturation potential.
Indeed, this wine is an articulate testament to Chateau Lascombes' deft ability to produce an accomplished Margaux under testing conditions. Continuously unfolding layers reveal that 2001 was not merely another year for this chateau but one where careful craftsmanship carved out a vintage suiting those oriented towards refined distinction in their cellars.
The judicious balance between investment worthiness and sensory pleasure is achieved here with aplomb—a journey well worth embarking upon with a glass of 2001 Lascombes from Chateau Lascombes rightfully in hand.
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Scores and tasting notes
The 2000 was the finest Lascombes produced in over three decades, and the 2001 continues the great success this estate is enjoying under the guidance of Yves Vatelot (of Chateau Reignac) and Dr. Alain Raynaud (Chateau Quinault l’Enclos). A blend of 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot, it spent 18 months in cask (4 on its lees), and was bottled unfiltered. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by ripe aromas of spring flowers, blueberries, blackberries, and cassis. Medium-bodied, stylish, and elegant, with sweet tannin, impressive concentration, tremendous persistence as well as flavor intensity, and a 40+ second finish, this noble claret should be at its finest between 2005-2016.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 June 2004
A very flattering, very floral quintessential Margaux nose with great purity and an almost Burgundian feel. Very pure medium-bodied palate with well-integrated tannins but lacking some backbone under that sumptuous veneer. Lacks a little breeding, rather obvious. Tasted October 2007.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal May 2008