By Chateau Lascombes
2004 Lascombes from Chateau Lascombes, Margaux, Bordeaux
Our odyssey through the vintages of Bordeaux often uncovers gems that rise above the conditions of their birth. Within this pantheon, the 2004 Lascombes from Chateau Lascombes possesses a charm that arguably outshines its contemporaries from Margaux.
An Exemplar of Elegance and Resilience
The 2004 vintage in Bordeaux did not emerge amid fanfare; it followed the legendary 2003 and was subsequently overshadowed by the acclaimed 2005. However, true connoisseurs understand that such vintages often hold treasures for those who seek. The 2004 Lascombes manifests as a testament to the adept handling of a challenging season by the venerated Chateau Lascombes, where tradition and technology intertwine subtly to master nature’s whims.
This particular vintage reveals notes of dark berries and subtle hints of oaky spice, gracefully marrying power with finesse—a characteristic marker of Chateau Lascombes' deft craftsmanship. Its palate remains robust yet balanced, revealing depth without overbearing tannins; this speaks volumes about the precision carried out during vinification and barrel ageing.
A Wine Investment With Poise
The astute investor looking for hidden marvels within their portfolio would do well to consider the 2004 Lascombes for both its enological merit and ageing potential. With nearly two decades since its harvest, it presents itself as a poised and composed offering, certain to continue evolving elegantly within the cellar.
In summary, amid a tapestry of Bordeaux vintages, the 2004 Lascombes from Chateau Lascombes is a splendid expression of Margaux terroir – one that has perhaps quietly ascended to a distinguished spot among collectables. It serves as an intriguing narrative within one's investment holdings, showcasing resilience in quietly overcoming a season less celebrated than others yet crafting a wine that deserves its place in any discerning collector's repertoire.
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Scores and tasting notes
Another brilliant effort from this estate, the 2004 Lascombes (a blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot) exhibits a deep blue/purple hue along with a sweet perfume of blueberries, black raspberries, cherries, incense, smoke, and spring flowers. While opulent, underneath the full-bodied richness of fruit and depth is a structured wine. As it sits in the glass, an espresso roast character (no doubt from new oak) also emerges. Enjoy this pure, structured, fleshy beauty between 2010-2025.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 June 2007
An opulent, rounded nose: blackberry and tar. Undeniably attractive. The palate has good concentration with well-integrated cassis and blackberry fruit. Good weight and harmony with a firm grip on the finish. I am intrigued to see how barrel-ageing will affect this wine. Excellent. Tasted April 2005.
Neal Martin - Wine Advocate - Wine Journal