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 Vintage2004 Label 1 of 42 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Lilian Ladouys (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationSt. Estèphe
UPC Code(s)3490890010536

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2015 (based on 11 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 86 pts. and median of 86 pts. in 41 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Good Stuff on 6/28/2015 & rated 86 points: This wine is past its prime as the fruit is largely gone (72 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/28/2015 & rated 86 points: Drank over two days and the wine improves considerably. Day two: The bouquet is a bit dusty with cassis, plum and earthy flavors. On the palate cassis, some sweet spices a touch of bell pepper, some chocolate, good acidity and pleasant tannin. The wine is mature now and offers really pleasant drinking after some air time. Will definitely still be ok in 2017. (561 views)
 Tasted by donash.com on 12/22/2014 & rated 89 points: - Crimsom color - Well balanced (773 views)
 Tasted by vjdinmd on 2/27/2014: As others have said this is a wine with bright fruit - A standard bordeaux, with nice nose of red berries, and a hint of minerals. Great food wine - wish I had more! (1886 views)
 Tasted by SactoWino on 12/7/2013 & rated 88 points: Medium bodied with flavors of bright fruit, pencil shavings and lively acidity. Paired well with ravioli in bolognese sauce, but was a bit lacking when drank on its own. (2073 views)
 Tasted by RonT on 11/11/2013 & rated 86 points: Decanted about an hour before tasting at a dinner party. The wine has some structure layering fig, plum, spice, oak and black cherry. A bit high on acidity with nice tannins. (2146 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/11/2013 & rated 84 points: In fact about the same as my previous notes. Not a bad wine, but overall a bit green with firm acidity and tannin which has softened a bit. Can last for several years more, but will never be really subtle. (2960 views)
 Tasted by macker100 on 7/7/2012 & rated 87 points: A classic bordeaux, with nice nose of red berries, cedar, minerals. Palate does not the refinement or smoothness of others, but a solid refreshing food wine with strong red fruit profile. A bit thin and green, but finish is pleasant. (3932 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 6/10/2012 & rated 83 points: Black as well as red fruits. Firm acidity and tannin. Straight forward wine. A bit green. The tannin will soften a bit more with more ageing, but there is no real finesse. (2893 views)
 Tasted by RussK on 3/10/2012 & rated 91 points: Russk Simone brought to CB. A agood stage right now. A Tal wine $20. 91- (2936 views)
 Tasted by phwarner on 2/18/2012 & rated 90 points: This was a fine Bordeaux of medium body. Went well with some grilled sausages. (2980 views)
 Tasted by BillyT on 11/6/2011 & rated 89 points: Previous notes apply (3261 views)
 Tasted by Wijnand Kuijt on 10/31/2011 & rated 78 points: Dissapointing wine. Smell of burned fruit. Doesn't open op after decanting. Disjointed. Probably drunk to young. 2001 was much better. (2363 views)
 Tasted by BillyT on 10/22/2011 & rated 89 points: Don't know what the negative fuss is all about. First Bordeaux, well this probably wasn't the right wine to taste. This wines vineyards are adjacent to Cos d'Estournel and has similar properties to the great CD. Hoever, it certainly is no match. Deep dark rich color to a slightly brick rim. Legs were somewhat light. Nose was filled with terroir, vanilla cream, mocha, espresso, white pepper, some leather, shoe polish, black berries and nice dark fruit. Pepper, dill, dark chocolate, mocha, licorice, vanilla on the palate with mild acidity and tannins. Somewhat astringent on the finish with drying tannins. Truly an interesting wine and at 24.00/btl it is a steal. (2671 views)
 Tasted by CaliCabAddict on 10/20/2011 & rated 82 points: I am a relatively new wine drinker and this was my first French Bordeaux. I must say this was a big dissapointment. I had recently been on a Cali Pinot noir/Cab binge and the lack of depth in this wine was stunning. The nose was floral but reserved and the wine appeared very thin in the glass. On first sip I had to really concentrate to even know when this thin wine was hitting my lips. I even wondered if perhaps I had a corked bottle. Overall this was nothing to write home about. I dont think ive ever had a pinot noir this thin. I even decanted for 2 hours with no improvement. I hope my next venture into bordeaux is more fruitful, literally. (3959 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/21/2010 & rated 83 points: First day red fruits in the bouquet and taste and a lot of acidity on the palate. The second day the acidity was a little less overruling. It is a rustic wine with unripe raspberries, cherries and some cassis and still youthful tannin. Not really impressive, but certainly ok. Will probably soften a bit more over the next 4 - 5 years. (3544 views)
 Tasted by sdatl on 12/18/2010 & rated 89 points: Clean, cherry fruit with an earthy and herbal background that adds a bit of complexity, but doesn't dominate; nice, medium-bodied Bordeaux. Ready now with just a bit of air time in the glass. (3597 views)
 Tasted by ericindc on 12/10/2010 & rated 88 points: Red and slighty darker fruit notes, fig on the finish. Some earth and broadness. Enjoyed this. (2739 views)
 Tasted by sojoknuckle on 7/10/2010 & rated 89 points: I thought this was a very wine and I pair this with a Hungarian beef stew (sweet Paprika) this was a great pairing. It was recommended by a person at the local wine store. (2515 views)
 Tasted by lumpyelbow on 5/14/2010 & rated 82 points: Had side by side with the '03. Less body, structure and overall a lesser wine. Very obvious in comparison that this was an inferior vintage. (4095 views)
 Tasted by WineForRob on 8/17/2009 & rated 84 points: Somewhat disjointed. Reticent nose some cherries and flowers. Thin mouth feel with very young primary black fruit flavors. Acidity a little off balance and finish a little hot. (4942 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 5/23/2009 & rated 83 points: Young. Some cherries. Juicy and ok bitterness, but not the real thing. A bit edgy. (4940 views)
 Tasted by turel on 3/22/2007 & rated 86 points: Very smooth taste. Have not much to compare with but like it .
Will buy again. (5706 views)
 Tasted by Wine Bill on 10/13/2006 & rated 80 points: Opened just after purchase to test. Well at this moment it is just an OK wine. Too young definately. It is not particularly thick, but more of a loose knit structure with a lot of acidity. Not a very impressive wine. I tasted better from this chateau. I decided not to buy more even though the price was well below 10 USD.
In case anyone notices; I changed mij score. This a wine which is ok, but just a little above average. (In general I think many people score too high.) (5806 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/8/2009)
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By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, February 2008
(Chateau Lilian Ladouys St Estèphe) There is red cherry fruit here, which is subtle, and tinged with smoke. The palate is softly composed, but underneath there is a firm, slightly burnt character and grip which carries through to the finish. There is not a lot of character to discuss here.  14.5 points
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Château Lilian Ladouys

Producer website - Read more about Chateau Lilian Ladouys

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Bordeaux

Bordeaux Wine Guide

Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)

History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification

Médoc

Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.

St. Estèphe

Read more about St. Estephe and its wines Whereas the first activity recorded in Saint-Estèphe goes back as far as the Middle Bronze Age, the first vines date from the Roman Occupation. But it was the Bordeaux merchants who by aging and selling Saint-Estèphe wines themselves were largely responsible for this appellation's fame. And in the nineteenth century, noted for its prosperity, the great estates of today were created. The movement continues today with the merging of small estates.

A land of great wines, Saint-Estèphe is situated almost in the centre of the Médoc, close to the Gironde Estuary. The appellation is equidistant from Bordeaux and the Pointe de Grave.
The beds of soil are characterized by their remarkable diversity, the result of their undulating relief and excellent drainage. Quartz and well-rounded pebbles mingled with light, sandy surface soil are found everywhere, giving the wines a distinctive finesse. And the subsoil is made up of the famous Saint-Estèphe limestone, which outcrops on the west of the commune.

Tasting
Thanks to ideal conditions of climate and geology, Saint-Estèphe wines are characterized by their sturdy qualities and robust constitution. Accordingly, they can be laid down for a very long time while yet preserving their youth and freshness. Distinguished by a subsoil which is more clayey than that in the other communal appellations which lie by the river, the wine here attains a distinctive individuality : a very rich tannic structure, a fine deep red colour and an exceptional backbone with aromas of great finesse.

Production conditions (Decree dated September 11, 1936):

In order to have the right to the Saint-Estèphe appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:
- come from the communes of Saint-Estèphe, "excluding any parcels in that area which are situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions : grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).

 
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