By Chateau Lascombes
2010 Lascombes from Chateau Lascombes, Margaux, Bordeaux
In the distinguished realm of Bordeaux wines, a vintage like 2010 for the enigmatic Lascombes from Chateau Lascombes resonates as one of considerable note for fine wine investors and connoisseurs alike. The commendable clime of 2010, particularly in the Margaux appellation, was a serendipitous melding of conditions that lead to exceptional grape ripeness and structure—a tour de force for the revered Bordelaise blends.
A Vintage Shaped by Nature
The 2010 Lascombes is not simply another exemplary blend; it's an encapsulation of a stellar year where everything in the vineyard conspired to favour quality. A season characterised by dry, hot summer days, balanced by cool nights, bestowed upon this creation an intensity of flavour paired with a refreshing acidity that promises remarkable ageing potential.
The embodiment of Margaux's finesse is present in this cuvée with its intricate tapestry of dark fruit flavours—cassis and black cherry—with whispers of lilac and graphite owing to its well-calibrated oak ageing. The tannic spine is both statuesque and eloquently integrated, yielding a sumptuous texture that speaks to the expertise behind this assemblage.
The Investor's Choice
Onto the investment aspect—the demand for Bordeaux classics never wanes amongst aficionados, and having the 2010 Lascombes in one's portfolio equates to possessing a vinous treasure that mirrors both rarity and distinction. Recognising its trajectory of sublime evolution over time, savvy collectors should regard this vintage with both respect and anticipation.
In summation, the 2010 vintage from Chateau Lascombes showcases a convergence of precision viticulture and masterful vinification. As it unravels gracefully in the bottle, each year forwards heralds new layers of complexity, ensuring that avid enthusiasts who invest now will witness the uncoiling splendour of a Margaux masterpiece.
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Scores and tasting notes
The wine hits all cylinders in 2010. The average alcohol for the bottled wine is 14%. It has a gorgeously sweet nose of creme de cassis, spring flowers, subtle barbecue smoke and charcoal followed by full body, beautiful intensity, great purity, stature and length. The influence of any oak is minimal, despite the fact that 90% new French oak was used. Needless to say, this is an example of modern-styled winemaking at it's finest, and arguments that such wines will not age well, do not represent their terroir , and are soul-less, are totally groundless. Give it 5 or so years of cellaring and drink it over the following 25-30 years. This is one of the great Margaux wines of the vintage.Probably the greatest Lascombes made to date, the 2010 is a blend of 55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot. The production from this huge estate totals nearly 400,000 bottles.
Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #205
What a wonderful nose of ripe strawberries and hints of vanilla. Full body with soft and velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This is luscious and sexy. Try in 2017.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 3rd 2013
Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Lascombes gives up notes of dried herbs, tilled soil and black olives over a blackcurrant cordial and plums preserves core plus a touch of crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers chewy tannins and bold freshness to support the savory flavors, finishing with an herbal lift.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 5 March 2020