Tasting Notes Lascombes 2011
This large, fragmented estate must be a logistical nightmare for winemakers, but the 2011, a blend of 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, exhibits a beautifully scented nose of spring flowers, black raspberries, black currants, graphite and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied and rich with supple tannins, this terrific example of Lascombes continues their qualitative revolution that began over 15 years ago. One of the stars of the vintage, this beauty can be consumed over the next 20-25 years.
A brightness and beauty to this wine, with mineral, berry and dark-chocolate character. Full body but reserved and integrated. Very fine for the vintage. Better than from barrel. Try in 2018.
The sample of Lascombes (50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot) has a dusty nose that is lacking clarity although it clears up with aeration, although there remains a vegetal tincture. The palate is sweet and chewy on the entry. Grippy tannins, quite dense and masculine, it is missing some finesse towards the finish. Tasted April 2012.