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Chateau Lascombes Margaux Second Growth, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Lascombes was named after one of its previous owners how possessed the estate in the 17th century,Antoine, chevalier de Lascombes. Born in 1625, Lascombes inherited the estate from the Durfort de Duras family. The Durfort de Duras family was established in Margaux as they had their own eponymous estate, Chateau Durfort, which later became Durfort Vivens. Lascombes was passed on through inheritance by Jean-François and Anne de Lascombes. The estate was known as Domaine de Lascombes until 1860.

Through numerous sales and inheritance issues, Lascombes passed through a myriad of owners, until 1926 when it became part of the Ginestet family holdings. At the time, they were the owners of Chateau Margaux. During the later stages of World War II, Lascombes was used by Allied forces as an army headquarters.

In 1952, Chateau Lascombes was purchased by a group of investors headed by Alexis Lichine. The group included the wealthy American David Rockefeller. Shortly before the sale of the Medoc property took place, Lichine also purchased another Margaux estate, Chateau Prieure Lichine.  In 1971 the company was taken over by the British brewing company Bass Charrington. This brought the Lichine era in Bordeaux to an end.

Following the acquisition by the Bass Group, Bordeaux winemaker Rene Vanatelle was brought on board. Vanatelle determined that only 50 hectares of their planted acreage was able to produce wines of Second Growth quality. The lesser quality terroir was from that point forward used to produce their second wine, Segonnes. In 1997, prior to his retirement, Vanatelle introduced a new second wine Chevalier de Lascombes.

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In 2001, Lascombes was purchased for $67 million by US-based Colony Capital group. The new owners invested heavily in modernizing the Left Bank estate of Chateau Lascombes, which had been considered an under performer in relation to its classification. The company reportedly spent an additional $47 million on renovations to the entire estate that included a major replanting of the vineyards as well as the construction of a completely new wine making facility that included a four level, gravity fed vat room and new barrel aging cellars.

Colony Capitol offered the property for sale in 2007. In 2008, it was reported that Lascombes had rented vineyards belonging to Château Martinens, a former Cru Bourgeois, which had 28 hectares (69 acres) of vineyards within AOC Margaux plus 25 hectares of Haut Medoc AOC.  Classified growths are allowed to expand their vineyard holdings without losing their classification, but only with vineyards of the same appellation as their own, which makes it uncertain to which purpose the Haut Medoc vineyards would be put.

The large, 117 hectare vineyard of Chateau Lascombes is has the biggest production of any chateau in the Margaux appellation. The vineyuard is planted to 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. On average, the vines are 35 years of age. The vine density of the vineyard varies from 8,000 to 10,000 vines per hectare. The terroir is gravel, clay, sand and limestone soils. The Cabernet Sauvignon is planted in the gravel soils. The Merlot and Petit Verdot are planted in the clay, gravel and limestone soils.

The wine of Chateau Lascombes is vinified in a combination of wood and stainless steel vats. Over the past few years, the amount of new oak has been reduced. Today. the wine is now being aged in 80% new French oak barrels for 18 months. There is a second wine, Chevalier de Lascombes. On average, the chateau annually produces 20,000 cases of Chateau Lascombes each year.
 
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The wine being made today is a major step up in quality from what the Chateau released in the early 90’s, 80’s and 70’s etc. However, this is perhaps the most modern styled wine of Margaux being produced by any chateau today. It’s rich, fleshy, ripe, occasionally jammy and with too much much oak, when tasted young. With time, all those elements should come together and turn this into an outstanding Bordeaux wine. But some vintages have maintained an overly oaky personality.

After being on the market for close to 4 years, on July 9, 2011, Chateau Lascombes, Margaux sold for almost $300,000,000! The purchaser, La Mutuelle, “MACSF” (Mutuelle d assurance des services de sante francais) an insurance company is the largest insurer of health professionals like doctors, nurses and others working in France. Michel Rolland remains the consultant.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Lascombes

    1. One of the deepest colored wine from the vintage, this wine has a distinct oak-filled nose, soft tannins and an oaky, black raspberry finish. Not for the oak averse. From a blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13% alcohol and is aging in 80% new, French oak. 88-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 Château Lascombes

    1. Oak, earth and cassis notes with an oaky licorice and blackberry finish. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  3. 2011 Château Lascombes

    1. Blending 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, this is one of the riper, more alcoholic wines of the vintage. Deep in color, with a nose of fresh brewed espresso, vanilla bean, licorice, chocolate and black cherries, this lush textured, open wine finishes with licorice, oak and dark fruits.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. From a blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, the wine sports deep ruby color. Coffee, bitter chocolate, boysenberry jam and smoke create the perfume. Full-bodied, rich, ripe and round, the wine finishes with chocolate-covered espresso bean and jammy black cherry. 89-91 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 Château Lascombes

    1. Espresso bean, coffee, licorice, chocolate and jammy blackberries create the aromatics. On the palate, the wine is lush, opulent and rich, there is a touch of heat in the powerful, ripe, oaky finish.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. Lascombes was one of the few estates in the Medoc to use more Merlot in their blend than they included in 2009. With a blend of 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, the wine is deep ruby with blue, purple accents. On the nose, violets, oak, cassis and forest floor aromas are easy to find. Concentrated with ripe fruit, cassis, tannin and wood, this plush textured, tannic wine, finishes with chocolate, cassis and coffee flavors. 90-93 Pts.

      92 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Château Lascombes

    1. With noticeable oak, licorice, jam, smoke and ripe, black and blue fruits, this rich, concentrated, supple wine, produced from a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot ends with a rich, chocolate coated, blackberry, coffee and licorice finish. I like the wine. But I'd like to see a little less oak.

      92 points - Tasted
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  6. 2008 Château Lascombes

    1. Oak, earth, blackberry, cassis, fennel and pepper open to a plush, round, wine with an opulent, forward, personality. The percentage of new oak has been toned down, which is a good thing

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. 08 Château Lascombes is deeply colored. Oak, blackberry, cassis, and chocolate covered fruit start off the aromatics. The tannins are sweet and ripe. The wine finishes with a mouthful of ripe fruit with a kiss of oak. 90-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  7. 2005 Château Lascombes

    1. Pungent aromas of vanilla, blackberry, blueberry, licorice, black cherry and espresso. Thick, rich, dense, lush and polished, this powerful, fruit filled Margaux wine demands up to a decade to shed its oak dominated personality.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. Rich, ripe and opulent. Filed with sweet, jammy black fruit, coffee and vanilla notes. As is the case for numerous Chateau in 2005, this is the finest Lascombes produced in modern times. While oaky at this stage, with this much concentration of ripe fruit, things should come togetheranf the oak will integrate for this wine with time.

      93 points - Tasted
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  8. 2003 Château Lascombes

    1. Oaky from start to finish. Once past the espresso and vanilla notes, the wine is fat, lush and serves up a healthy dose of sweet, fleshy, jammy black raspberries and cherries. This is a specific style of wine that is not going to work for traditionalists.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. Oak, vanilla, smoke, licorice, black cherry and coffee bean notes opened to a plush, fat, lush wine that ended with black cherry jam and more oak sensations. This style will please some tasters more than others.

      90 points - Tasted
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  9. 2000 Château Lascombes

    1. Tasting older than its true age, this medium bodied, black cherry tobacco scented, earthy, soft wine is in its prime time, drinking window. The oak is not obtrusive. This is not a wine for long term again. No hurry to drink it, but I'd finish any bottles over the next 7-10 years.

      91 points - Tasted
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  10. 1989 Château Lascombes

    1. Earth, steel, spice, tobacco, and olives are easy to find in the perfume. The wine finishes with a light, strawberry note. Medium bodied, this wine reached full maturity years ago. Lascombes is another outstanding property currently making much better wine today than they did in `89.

      84 points - Tasted
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  11. 1928 Château Lascombes

    1. The brick colored wine was all truffles, forrest, earthy, leather and spice with hints of dark fruit. The elegant textures expressed the unique, syrupy patina of age. It is hard to imagine this wine is almost 80 years old.

      91 points - Tasted
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