2010 Lilian Ladouys, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)
*Top 100 Wines of 2013* Obviously wood-aged, with a smoky toast flavor, this is a wine that shows the power of Saint-Estèphe tannins in full force. At the same time, there is a blackberry character that adds richness and juiciness, which cuts through the dry core. Age for at least 7–8 years.
This is soft and velvety, with blueberry and blackberry aromas. Full body, with round tannins and a long finish. A rich and almost jammy wine. Plenty going on here!
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright dark red. Wild meaty aromas and flavors of redcurrant, plum and leather. Concentrated, rich and seamless, with sappy, well-integrated acidity cutting through the wine's velvety texture and baby fat. Ripe tannins saturate the palate on the persistent finish. Another serious outperformer in 2010.
Features firm chalk and charcoal notes along the edges, with a mix of crushed plum and red currant fruit at the core. The bright, fresh finish lets the minerality meld with the fruit... (Web Only- 2013)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, this wine displays deep black currant fruit along with some damp earth and forest notes intermixed with roasted herbs, licorice, and a touch of oak. The 2010 could well turn out to be the best this estate has made in nearly a generation. Drink it over the next 15-20 years. This property is finally making some noise after having been sold following a problem with corked bottles a number of years ago. The new management seems to be on the right track, because the 2010 is a successful effort.
The 2009 was K&L's biggest-selling wine of the vintage. Red fruit, roasted herbs, savory. Real Bordeaux earth, but clean enough for "the people". Very tasty.