2011 Chateau Lascombes | Friarwood Fine Wines

2011 Chateau Lascombes

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Type: Red Wine
Grape: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot
Style: Vibrant and Intense
Alcohol: 13.5%
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Subregion: Margaux

Château Lascombes, 2ème Cru Classé in 1855, bears the name of its first owner, Chevalier de Lascombes, born in 1625. At the turn of the 18th century, Jean-Francois Lascombes, a counselor at the Bordeaux Parliament, dedicated his wealth to making a great wine at Lascombes. The existing chateau was built in 1867 by Chaix d'Est Ange. Alexis Lichine took over the property in 1952, and oversaw a significant restructuring of the vineyard and cellars. In 1971, he sold to the English brewer, Bass-Charrington, who sold the estate to its current owners, American company Colony Capital in 2001.

An unusually high proportion of Merlot was used in 2011 – easier to ripen, in this cool vintage. Bright, dark-berry fruit and dusty chocolate characterise the aromas; the palate is similarly bright and fresh, with an undertow of firm tannin. Toasty oak, blueberry, liquorice and forest floor add complexity to this exceptionally well-made wine. Approachable from 2018, with ageing potential until 2030.

Venison, creamy beef dishes, hard cheeses.

A fascinating example of how winemakers, by tossing aside the usual blend, can produce truly exceptional wines from inimical vintages.

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