2010 Lilian Ladouys, St-Estèphe (3L) (Pre-Arrival)
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.
Dark and nicely layered, with crunchy acidity in between the notes of raspberry, cherry pit, plum sauce and savory herb. The long, chalk-filled finish has a whiff of smoke. A great turnaround over the last few years at this estate.
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!
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.