Lascombes 2016

Margaux, Second Growth

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The 2016 Château Lascombes is another brilliant Margaux, and I was blown away by this wine on two separate occasions. Sporting a deep purple color as well as a thrilling bouquet of cassis, smoked earth, charcoal, and tobacco, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, has obvious minerality, a big palate presence, and a terrific sense of elegance and purity. It’s a beautiful wine, and while I’d happily enjoy bottles today, it’s going to keep for 25-30 years.

Score: 94

Jeb Dunnuck, Maturity: 2021-2051 28 February 2019

Very attractive, ripe dark berries with a meaty edge that delivers a very compelling wine from the outset. Quite plush and elegant tannins with a smooth, juicy and attractive finish that holds long and is saturated in flavor. Seamless build. Really stunning. Try from 2022.

Score: 95

James Suckling, Maturity: 2022+ 15 January 2019

The 2016 Lascombes has a tight-knit bouquet that feels a little flightless compared to its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, and quite solid and masculine for a Margaux. The finish needs more finesse and terroir expression. Just as I did from barrel, I tasted this Margaux on three occasions in bottle and reached the same conclusion.

Score: 88

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2020-2032 01 January 2019

The 2016 Lascombes is grown into a gorgeous wine. Blackberry jam, chocolate, new leather, espresso and copious new oak all flesh out in this ample, resonant wine. As always Lascombes is done in a style that brings out the more lush, flamboyant side of Margaux. In this vintage, all the elements meld together effortlessly, something that isn't always the case.

Score: 93

Antonio Galloni, Maturity: 2022-2036 01 January 2019

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.

Score: 94

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2019 - 2037 30 November 2018

Some beautiful aromatics going on here, this has the sexy, ripe focus that is a signature of this property under consultant Michel Rolland and director Dominique Befve. It doesn't disappoint, and as ever for me it conveys a sense of joy and vibrancy in the fruit. The blend in 2016 is 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot, from a yield of 45hl/ha. There is deep black pepper and cinammon spicing, and while the tannins are a little tight it has clear oak structure. A lovely wine that is a strong successor to the excellent 2015.

Score: 93

Decanter, - Maturity: 2027-2045 20 April 2017

Dark inky fruit and tarriness. Very dense and tight, with big, ripe skilled tannins finishing fresh and not too dry.

Score: 92 - 95

Albany Vintners, - 19 April 2017

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.

Score: 16 - 17

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2025-2040 17 April 2017