2015 Lilian Ladouys, St-Estèphe (Pre-Arrival)
*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.
A fresh and clean red with blueberry, plum and light walnut aromas and flavors. Medium body, integrated tannins. Tight.
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)
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)
*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.