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2018 Lascombes

By Chateau Lascombes

2018 Lascombes from Chateau Lascombes, Margaux, Bordeaux

The venerated terroir of Margaux has once again brought forth a vintage that speaks volumes of its lineage; the 2018 Lascombes from Chateau Lascombes is an articulate expression of this time-honoured appellation. Our vinous journey takes us through the nuances and distinct qualities of this particular year.

 

Seizing the Climatic Bounty

The steadfast trinity of climate, soil, and skilful winemaking coalesces in the 2018 Lascombes, firmly entrenching it as a noteworthy contender for wine investment. The harvest bears witness to a congruous season with a mild spring followed by a warm summer, culminating in grapes that achieved optimal ripeness. A dash of Petit Verdot contributes backbone and complexity to the predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend.

 

Vintage Character

The illustrative palette of the 2018 vintage reverberates with bold blackberry notes, elegantly traced with violets and softened by a luxurious overlay of cedary oak. There's an undeniable finesse at play here; its tannins are meticulously woven into the fabric of the wine, suggesting an evolution that will be as sublime as it is certain. The prevailing elemental forces of 2018 have imparted depth and an impeccable structure which distinguishes this exquisite elixir.

On the palate, experienced investors will appreciate the ascendant harmony between fruit and terroir-driven minerality. This is undoubtedly a Lascombes with pedigree and promise, brandishing a longevity that savvy collectors covet.

 

Investment Implications

In essence, the 2018 Lascombes from Chateau Lascombes substantiates itself as a considered addition to any connoisseur's portfolio. Its amalgamation of climatic favourability, enlightened viniculture, and intrinsic Margaux flair renders it one of the more captivating prospects for long-term maturation. Investors should take heed of this wine’s investment-grade attributes: balance, complexity, and ageing potential – hallmarks that portend its ascent in stature and value over time.

Current market price

HK$5,160.00

12x75cl

Highest score

94

POP score

38.57

Scores and tasting notes

94-95

This is a dense and very structured young red with currant and citrus character, such as burnt orange. Full-bodied with chewy yet polished tannins and a long and flavorful finish.

James Suckling - jamessuckling.com - April 2019

93-96

Dark and winey, with steeped currant and plum fruit forming the core, inlaid with a licorice root note and backed by a suave mesquite hint on the finish. Fine-grained. A serious wine.—J.M.

James Molesworth - Wine Spectator - April 2019

92-94

The 2018 Lascombes is deep garnet-purple in color and a little reduced to begin, offering tar and scorched earth notions over an emerging core of baked blackcurrants, plum preserves and charcuterie plus hints of bay leaves and underbrush. Full, richly fruited and laden with ripe black fruits and earthy suggestions, it has a solid foundation of firm, grainy tannins and finishes long and savory.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 23rd April 2019

93

The 2018 Lascombes is deep garnet-purple in color, slowly unfurling in the glass to reveal evocative cassis, black cherries and blackberry pie scents, followed by hints of pencil lead, menthol, lavender and cedar chest with a touch of damp soil. The medium to full-bodied palate gives a great core of muscular black fruits, framed by firm, grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and savory.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 31 March 2021

92

For me, Lascombes always manages to get away with its exuberance and powerful push because it combines this with floral aromatics and a sense of unashamed enjoyment. It has more of an oak finesse than some, as you may expect, and it's not quite as juicy as the 2015 and 2016 but it settles into the glass and shows layers of complexity, a big punch of fruit and clear ambition. Good yields of 45hl/ha. 40% new oak.

Jane Anson - Decanter - April 2019

90-93

The 2018 Lascombes is quite attractive in this vintage. Black cherry, plum, cloves, leather, tobacco and licorice all run through a succulent, supple Margaux that will drink well with minimal cellaring. This is an especially modern, fruit-forward style. Tasted two times.

Antonio Galloni - Vinous - April 2019

Vintage performance