2015 Lilian Ladouys, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1253156 89-91 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Barrel Sample* Dry and firm, this is a structured wine. It has hints of dark chocolate with seriously dry tannins. The acidity at the end hints at fruitiness in the future.  (4/2016)

89-90 points James Suckling

 A fresh and clean red with blueberry, plum and light walnut aromas and flavors. Medium body, integrated tannins. Tight.  (4/2016)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Château Lilian Ladouys is a blend of 62% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. It has a broody, earthy, very Saint Estèphe bouquet that was showing a great deal of new oak when I tasted it. The palate is medium-bodied with soft tannin on the entry, quite masculine and foursquare, plenty of fruit with strong tobacco notes coming through on the finish... (NM)  (4/2016)


 The 2015 Lilian Ladouys offers terrific depth and nuance within the context of the vintage. Sweet herbs, tobacco, mint, licorice and black cherry notes abound. Overall, the 2015 is a bit rustic, but pleasingly so. This is a very solid effort for the year. (AG)  (4/2016)

Wine Spectator

 *Barrel Tasting* A bright, high-pitched style, with blood orange and red currant fruit inlaid with a singed balsam note. Stays a bit taut but shows length, suggesting this may fill in a bit more.  (4/2016)

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By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2016 | Send Email
Up front this wine is toasty and juicy, with tons of fresh fruit, hints of coco and red currants. Sometimes this wine can taste a bit overdone but the 2015 shows some restraint and freshness. This is a wine that over-delivers for the price point!

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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Saint Estephe

- The northern-most of the Medoc communes, St. Estephe is quickly becoming one of the favorite areas for both high quality and great value Bordeaux reds. While it has fewer classified growths than the other communes, it also boasts some of the hottest up and coming chateaux of the last several. The most famous chateaux are the second growths Montrose and Cos d'Estournel with Calon Segur (3rd growth), Lafon Rochet (4th growth), and Cos Labory (5th growth) rounding out the cru classe wines. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the area, but plantings of Merlot are on the rise resulting in rounder, fatter, flashier wines than in years past.