This was opened and allowed to stand for four hours. Early on, this showed a moderate amount of sweet dark fruit with a bitter tobacco finish, but as time went by some currant and cherry showed up, and the bitterness subsided. The nose shows camphor and eucalyptus. I would not have guessed this was a Margaux, but otherwise this is a good Bordeaux with some room to improve in the future.
Cellared since release. Perfect cork and fill. Pop and pour. Dark red to rim. Oak and alcoholic heat dominate cassis and savory umami notes on the nose. Ripe fruit and oak on the palate, noticeable alcohol, medium body, no real Margaux-ness, not sure that the fruit will outlast the oak and alcohol, but pretty good if you're not oak averse and drink this as a cocktail wine. ABV on the label is 13.5%, not that high, but tastes more alcoholic than wines with higher ABVs. Good-very good depending on your oak tolerance.
Nose explodes with cedar, tobacco, tea, eucalyptus, mint and cherry cassis liquor. Palate is silky, medium red fruit, fairly integrated tannins and very good length and balance. I had to try this after Parker's recent review of the wine and I'll have to say he had a bad bottle as this is very good. it's not a profound wine, but it drinks well now and will last another 10 years.
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(Chateau Lascombes Margaux) Lascombes carries its usual raft of sweet and charry oak on the nose, over the expected dense, perfumed, rather admirable layer of dark berry fruits. With a rather toasty character it is hard not to admire it, even though the oak heavily dominates. And although sweetly fruited, there is a trace of a stony, gravelly perfume that is more typical of the appellation. The palate is, I have to admit, really rather fine. Yes there is a huge core of chargrilled oak but there is also some very aromatic red fruit, with a pure and lifted style, and good fresh acidity too. There is also a prodigious mouth-puckering core of tannins, and so this and the oak will demand this wine be left in the cellar for another 10-15 years at least. In the finish there are notes of perfume too, violets, elegance behind the power. An excellent effort and so much more defined than the 2004 vintage which I tasted here last year (and which was perhaps just not showing very well?).
(Chateau Lascombes Margaux) The density of aromas wipes the floor with some other wines of the appellation; this has a super-expressive nose, loaded with dark, concentrated, tight fruit with pickling spice complexity. I expected something modern, ripe and fleshy on the palate, but instead it has a slightly hard style, with lots of fruit but also showing a rather bony structure. The aromatics are delightful but this will take a long time to come around on the palate, but if the fruit lasts with the tannins this will be great.
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