2010 Chateau Lascombes (1.5L)

Merlot from Margaux, Bordeaux, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Chateau Lascombes, the prized Deuxièmes Cru of the 1855 classification, is certainly no stranger to those of us who treasure outstanding Bordeaux at earthbound prices. For vintage 2010, once humble Lascombes reached new heights, achieving "Best Ever" status in the eyes and to the palate of Parker. This is Margaux at its finest; easily competing with neighboring Chateaux Margaux and Palmer, yet for a fraction of the price. For two decades this was Alexis LichiBemanine's pride and joy. He owned this prestigious property high atop the Margaux plateau and lovingly and with great care and attention to detail elevated its status. For the money in its appellation, nothing compares – especially in 2010. Chateaux Margaux – three points higher in 2010 – trades at millionaire levels; rarely available under a cool grand. Palmer? Besting Lascombes by a mere two points in 2010, it routinely fetches $400+. Parker took great pride in shouldering Lascombes for 2010, lifting her up as a beacon for all as a shining example of "modern-styled winemaking at its finest;" insisting that terroir and soul are on full display in this glorious vinous achievement.


The wine hits all cylinders in 2010. The average alcohol for the bottled wine is 14%. It has a gorgeously sweet nose of creme de cassis, spring flowers, subtle barbecue smoke and charcoal followed by full body, beautiful intensity, great purity, stature and length. The influence of any oak is minimal, despite the fact that 90% new French oak was used. Needless to say, this is an example of modern-styled winemaking at it’s finest, and arguments that such wines will not age well, do not represent their terroir , and are soul-less, are totally groundless. Give it 5 or so years of cellaring and drink it over the following 25-30 years. This is one of the great Margaux wines of the vintage.

96 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue # 205 - Feb 2013)

What a wonderful nose of ripe strawberries and hints of vanilla. Full body with soft and velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This is luscious and sexy. Try in 2017.

94 points, James Suckling (Feb 2013)

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