Château Lilian Ladouys Cru Bourgeois Saint-Estèphe 2016Regular price €55.00
‘it sings of baked plums, crème de cassis and Black Forest cake with bay leaves, pencil lead and menthol’
91/100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
‘The blueberry and blackberry aromas are certainly attractive here. Full-bodied and dense with a very velvety texture and a long, generous finish of ripe fruit and spice. Drink from 2022.’
93/100 James Suckling
The nose reflects very ripe red and black fruit, and even some exotic notes, which could take some by surprise. But the palate is more balanced, showing fresh cassis on the finish, which has a long lift, and almost suggests the grapefruit freshness of a white wine! I like the mid-palate sap. An excellent wine and miles better than its New World-style and less terroir-driven 2010, also tasted. Drinking Window 2020 - 2030’
A perennial overachiever, the 2016 Château Lilian Ladouys brings the goods in 2016 and has a complex, medium to full-bodied, character-filled style to go with loads of blue fruits, incense, dried herbs, and a hint of violets. A blend of 62% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 6% Petit Verdot all raised in 30% new barrels, this charming, front end-loaded effort is well worth seeking out. It should keep for 10-15 years.
92/100 Jeb Dunnuck
Very lively, featuring a fun mix of cassis, plum paste and cherry preserve flavors, framed with floral and mineral notes. The light-handed toast lets the fruit shine through the finish, with persistent chalky minerality. Best from 2021 through 2031.’
91/100 Wine Spectator
|Wine colour||Red wine|
|Grape variety||62% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot|
|Certified organic?||no, but in conversion|
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