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2018 Lascombes, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1419434 93-96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Dark and winey, with steeped currant and plum fruit forming the core, inlaid with a licorice root note and backed by a suave mesquite hint on the finish. Fine-grained. A serious wine. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. (JM, Web Only-2019) Inner quote mark

94-95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is a dense and very structured young red with currant and citrus character, such as burnt orange. Full-bodied with chewy yet polished tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

93-95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is a smoky, powerful wine that shows plenty of signs of wood aging. However, it is restrained by the fine berry fruit flavors and the intensity of the tannins. It will age well. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Lascombes is deep garnet-purple in color and a little reduced to begin, offering tar and scorched earth notions over an emerging core of baked blackcurrants, plum preserves and charcuterie plus hints of bay leaves and underbrush. Full, richly fruited and laden with ripe black fruits and earthy suggestions, it has a solid foundation of firm, grainy tannins and finishes long and savory. (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

91-93 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2018 Château Lascombes showed nicely, possessing plenty of richness as well as a light, elegant, weightless profile. Classy notes of black and blue fruits, smoked earth, and ample minerality all give way to a medium to full-bodied Margaux that’s not a heavyweight yet shines for its balance and purity. It’s going to fill out nicely with 3-5 years of cellaring. Inner quote mark (5/2019)

90-93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Lascombes is quite attractive in this vintage. Black cherry, plum, cloves, leather, tobacco and licorice all run through a succulent, supple Margaux that will drink well with minimal cellaring. This is an especially modern, fruit-forward style. Tasted two times. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

92 points Decanter

Outer quote mark For me, Lascombes always manages to get away with its exuberance and powerful push because it combines this with floral aromatics and a sense of unashamed enjoyment. It has more of an oak finesse than some, as you may expect, and it's not quite as juicy as the 2015 and 2016 but it settles into the glass and shows layers of complexity, a big punch of fruit and clear ambition. Good yields of 45hl/ha. 40% new oak. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

K&L Notes

90-92 points Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2018 Lascombes has a ripe bouquet (as usual), though not too over-the-top given the growing season. It does miss the delineation and finesse of other Margaux crus, however. The palate is medium-bodied with sharp tannins and good acidity, but the fruit feels smudged and slightly baked toward the finish. Not bad by a long shot, but I wish it showed more finesse and nuance." (11/2019)

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