Decanted for approximately one hour. The wine appeared deep garnet colored in the glass. Subtle ripe blue fruit are primary on the nose with hints of licorice, forest floor and vanilla following. Lush and mouth-filling, the ripe fruit, cassis and licorice are supported by well integrated tannins. This is an excellent Margaux drinking well now, with great promise to improve over the next 9-12 years in the bottle.
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(Château Lascombes (Margaux)) There is the usual dense application of oak here, bringing that deep, toasty, new-barrel aroma to the nose of the wine. It has a spicy, sandalwood character, with darker, more spicy, soot and charcoal elements too. Underneath that I sense some fruit at least, but it is well hidden for now. The oak tannins also show up very quickly on the palate, coarser and more domineering than many of the tannins found elsewhere in this vintage. There is an attractive red fruit spice running through this wine, but it is hard to pick anything out from among the oak staves at present. The substance of the wine is very appealing though, supple and well filled out, with acidity and some savoury elements alongside the fruit. This will need a long time for the oak to integrate, but I suspect great potential here.
(Chateau Lascombes Margaux) This is equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with 48% of each, with 4% Petit Verdot. A very dense and black-coloured wine with an intense, concentrated, dark and spicy character on the nose. A very polished palate, lots of power here, good fruit too. A creamy substance and texture, an upright although firm tannic core, and there is decent acidity too. Plenty of dry oak here too. A firmer quality to the tannins, but they still hold much promise. Not such a curveball as you might expect in this vintage, although there is still the élevage to come yet of course.
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