By Chateau Lascombes
2016 Lascombes from Chateau Lascombes, Margaux, Bordeaux, France
The 2016 vintage in Bordeaux was an affair to remember, and the 2016 Lascombes from Chateau Lascombes is no exception. It encapsulates the finesse and precision for which Margaux is celebrated, manifesting the hallmarks of this favourable harvest. Time spent traversing these storied vineyards impresses on me the dedication of those who shepherd these grapes from vine to bottle.
A Confluence of Climatic Grace: Investing in a Stellar Year
The climatic conditions of 2016—marked by a mild spring and an ideally-timed spell of summer heat—culminated in a gratifying harvest. This balance facilitated an unrushed maturation crucial for developing the layered complexity on display in the 2016 Lascombes. Investors take heed: This particular outing from Chateau Lascombes is one poised for graceful ageing, promising enrichment both sensory and financial.
An Oenological Tapestry: The Essence of Elegance
On the palate, this Margaux sings with dark fruits; blackcurrants and plums dance amidst subtle hints of violet and savoury undertones—a testament to the meticulous blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a whisper of Petit Verdot. The tactile tannins are silken, interwoven with a vibrant acidity that heralds longevity ahead. Investors will recognise that the structural integrity and aromatic profundity presented here are markers of a vintage with exceptional cellaring potential.
Savouring the 2016 Lascombes, one finds in its architecture the precision akin to a Stradivarius—evoking an emotive reaction steeped in both history and anticipation. This bottle not only thrills the connoisseur but also befits portfolios as a tangible asset reflecting the zenith of Bordeaux winemaking in a benevolent year.
In conclusion, as one bears witness to the evolution of such a noteworthy creation as 2016 Lascombes, both palate and purse can be assured pairing will yeild dividends beyond measure attained in this harmonious fusion of nature's bounty and human craft - an investable luxury if there ever was one.
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Scores and tasting notes
Full, focused and precise with dark berries, intensely fine tannins and a fresh finish. Medium to full body and a persistent finish. More refined than in the past, yet it remains very well structured.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 4th 2017
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Lascombes features beautiful candied violets, Black Forest cake, cassis and menthol with hints of underbrush, cloves, pencil lead and tar. Medium-bodied with good intensity and firm, grainy tannins, it finishes long and perfumed.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 30 November 2018
Solidly built, with a note of baker’s chocolate adding heft to the mix of plum and blackberry fruit. Velvety, but showing persistent grip through the finish.—J.M.
Wine Spectator - The Wine Spectator (James Molesworth)
Dark blackish purple. I'd hate to be given this blind. It's pure Napa Valley! So sweet! So concentrated! Not really Margaux but a mouthful of concentration, certainly. Drying finish with a slight suggestion of something underripe on the very end. Extremely different from most of its neighbours but the style will definitely appeal to some palates. Just goes a bit dead on the end.
Jancis Robinson - jancisrobinson.com