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Chateau Lascombes Margaux 2019  - First Bottle


96 James Suckling -
This is extremely linear and refined with a super-fine line of tannins running through the center of the wine. It’s full-bodied, yet tight and sophisticated, with a long, long finish. Plenty of blackcurrant, dark chocolate, walnut and cedar in the aftertaste. Try after 2025.
96 Falstaff -
Dark ruby ??garnet, opaque core, violet reflections, delicate edge lightening. Attractive nose of precious wood, fine cherry fruit, highlighted with cherries and liquorice, tangerine zest in the background. Juicy, complex, elegant texture, ripe, supporting tannins, some nougat on the finish, has length, definite development potential, a Vin de Garde, ready to drink.
94-96 Wine Enthusiast -
This classed growth estate is entering an era of consistency. This vintage has the balance between fruit and wood that was missing in the past. It has vivid black fruits that are cut with acidity and tannins, all set to propel the wine to a long-term future.
93-95+ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Lascombes charges out of the gate with brazen scents of blackcurrant jelly, Black Forest cake and black raspberries plus touches of cedar chest, lilacs, pencil lead, camphor and crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, the palate possesses beautiful poise and freshness, with a firm line of ripe, finely grained tannins supporting the intense, crunchy black fruits, finishing on a lingering mineral note.
95 The Wine Independent -
The 2019 Lascombes is a huge wine packed with black cherry, chocolate, new leather, spice and licorice. Creamy, rich and expansive, Lascombes is endowed with notable power and sheer breadth. As always, Lascombes is a heady Margaux that pushes the edges, but I find all the elements very well-balanced.
94 Decanter -
More serious in feel than its 2018, which was excellent but a little lighter. This has serious tannins and is closer in feel to the 2016. Has the edge of glamour that Lascombes does so well, helped by a blueberry and black cherry fruit focus alongside the tighter blackberry bud notes. The oak finessing is evident but not overdone. Good stuff. Healthy yields of 48hl/ha. 60% new oak. Harvest September 19 to October 16. Tasted twice two weeks apart.
92-94 Jeb Dunnuck -
Lots of spice, baking chocolate, smoked herbs, and assorted meaty dark fruits emerge from the 2019 Château Lascombes, and it's a full-bodied, rich, powerful Margaux. It has plenty of tannins as well as mid-palate depth, so the cellar is going to be your friend on this one.
93 Jeff Leve -
Dark in color, the wine is equally dark on the palate with its layers of black cherry, plum, licorice and chocolate. With a nose that starts off with oak, smoke, black fruit, herbs and coffee bean, the next step is the wine hitting your palate. Avoirdupois in nature, round, lush, opulent, chocolate-covered fruits, licorice and smoky oak in the finish stay with you. The oak seems to be dialed back and now you find more freshness and cleaner fruits, which I like a lot. Drink from 2024-2045.
92 Vinous -
The 2019 Lascombes is a rich, heady wine, as it so often is. A rush of inky dark fruit, crème de cassis, menthol, licorice and lavender builds as this voluptuous, creamy Margaux shows off its winning personality. Supple and forward, Lascombes is decidedly extroverted in feel, and yet all the elements meld together effortlessly. Lascombes is a big, extravagant wine, but the 2019 appears to be a bit more restrained than in the recent past.
90 Wine Spectator -
Richly fruity and very forward, with plum sauce, Black Forest cake and black currant pâte de fruit notes flanked by violet and alder accents through the finish. This will have fans for sure; drink in the near term. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2030.

Technical Details

  • Blend50% Cabernet Sauvignon 45% Merlot and 5% Petit-Verdot
  • WinemakerMichel Rolland
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBordeaux
  • AppellationMargaux
  • Alcohol14%

Chateau Lascombes Margaux 2019

Bordeaux Blends  |  France
JS96, FS96, WE94-96, WA93-95+, TWI95, DC94, JD92-94, JL93, VN92, WS90

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The newest jewel in the crown of Gaylon Lawrence and Carlton McCoy (who purchased Heitz Cellars several years back), this 2nd Growth Margaux estate has been crafting powerful wines since the 17th century! This Michel Rolland-made 96 POINT beast is a perfectly rich and beautifully proportioned wine sure to please lovers of luxurious Napa cabernets.

From the 17th century to the present day, ten generations of owners have left their mark on the history of Château Lascombes. The vineyard covers 120 hectares of vines in the iconic Margaux appellation, making it one of the largest vineyards amongst the Crus Classés of 1855. The vineyards stand a short ways away from the revered Chateau Margaux, in one of the top concentrations of world-class estates in all of Bordeaux. The vineyard itself is divided into three parcels, nearly equal in size: a rocky hillside planted to cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot, a clay and gravel plot where more cabernet sauvignon and merlot are found, and a clay-limestone shelf where the best bits of merlot is grown. This estate is unique among Margaux crus – in that merlot plantings actually outnumber cabernet sauvignon.

The blend, however, follows the classic cabernet-based wines of Margaux, with 50% cabernet sauvignon, to be followed by 45% merlot and 5% petit verdot. Long-time oenologist Delphine Barboux crafts the wines, under the guidance of the one and only Michel Rolland – who has served as consulting winemaker since the 2001 vintage. 18-20 months aging in 60% new French barrels and this beauty is transferred to bottle and ready for mortal consumption!

Similar to the last vintage, the wine is explosively powerful, though the 2019 showcases a greater elegance and lift than the 2018. Myriad bramble berries, violets and peonies, rich and seductive barrel spice, and a whiff of toasted peppercorns are all discovered in the aromas, plus a fair bit of flashy oak (it is Michel Rolland, after all!) The wine is precisely balanced and deftly integrated – with a plentiful arrangement of blackberry, black currant, blueberry, and raspberry fruits. The spice is a well-placed accent, and the finish is supremely lush and creamy. This also was a consistent pleaser with the critics, too, just check out their reviews! Only a handful of cases, alas, so don’t delay in securing a few for yourself!

PAIRING IDEAS: Ever heard of “weeping lamb”? Basically, it is a lamb roast, cooked over coals, where the lamb dangles over a platter of potatoes, onions, and root vegetables. The lamb “weeps” its tasty juices over the vegetables as it cooks, and then a portion of the vegetables are pureed with a bit of wine and fresh herbs to make the sauce. You must try it...preferably with a bottle of this!

About the Producer

Steeped in a rich and storied history, Lascombes is an esteemed winery located in the revered Bordeaux region of France. Its origins can be traced back to the 17th century when it was established as a modest estate. Over the years, the winery has undergone various transformations, ultimately ascending to its current status as a beacon of winemaking excellence. Lascombes is renowned for its unwavering commitment to crafting wines of exceptional quality and character. With a deep understanding of their terroir, the winemakers at Lascombes cultivate vineyards that benefit from ideal soil compositions and favorable microclimates. Traditional winemaking methods are harmoniously blended with contemporary techniques, resulting in wines that showcase the essence of their unique origins. The meticulous selection of grapes and rigorous attention to detail throughout the winemaking process contribute to the creation of elegant and complex vintages. Whether it be the artful blend of grape varieties or the delicate aging in carefully chosen oak barrels, Lascombes consistently produces wines that captivate the senses and express the true spirit of the Bordeaux region.