By Chateau Lascombes
2002 Lascombes from Chateau Lascombes, Margaux, Bordeaux
The 2002 Lascombes from Chateau Lascombes presents itself as a testament to the resilience of the Margaux appellation in a vintage that admittedly presented Bordeaux with climatic challenges. Nonetheless, when opportunity arises to uncork a bottle, the collector is reminded of the fortitude and finesse that Margaux can convey even when Mother Nature proves capricious.
A Vintage Championing Elegance Over Exuberance
The pivotal year of 2002, marked by its erratic weather pattern, which gently nudged the vines into yielding fruit that encapsulated the classic austerity of Old World sophistication. The result brought to the fore is a wine with a gracefully evolved profile where tertiary nuances have emerged to cradle its innate Margaux elegance.
This particular vintage from Chateau Lascombes showcases a measured ripeness, enveloped in nuanced layers of blackberry and truffle, coupled with an underpinning of fine-grained tannins and balanced acidity. Upon the palate, one is greeted by a mélange of dried cherry, cedar box, and subtle hints of tobacco – a harmonious blend that echoes the complex temperance and aristocratic bearing that the year solicited.
Inherent Investment Merit
For investors and collectors alike, the 2002 Lascombes embodies not just the echo of a challenging year but stands as a narrative of adaptation and quality. This vintage offers an opportunity for diversification within a cellar collection – an intriguing juxtaposition against more opulent years.
The integrity of the 2002 Lascombes from Chateau Lascombes has been carefully sustained over years of cellaring and now unfurls with an understated confidence that will surely attract discourse among connoisseurs evaluating its journey across two decades.
As I revisit this vintage, it serves as a plinth upon which the enduring legacy of Chateau Lascombes' winemaking excellence rests. For enthusiasts looking to bolster their investment portfolio or simply adore Margaux's potential in lesser-sung years, the 2002 Lascombes is unequivocally deserving of attention.
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Scores and tasting notes
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.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 April 2005
Tasted blind at Farr's 2002 Bordeaux tasting. A noticeably deep garnet colour. Fine definition on the nose with well-integrated, vanillary new oak but the fruit attaining good lift and clarity. So far, so good. The full-bodied palate is well-defined palate but then there is a touch of over-extraction and a scintilla of Madeirized, prune fruit towards the soft finish. Tasted October 2009.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jan 2010