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Chateau Lilian Ladouys St. Estephe Bordeaux Wine

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Lilian Ladouys

Chateau Lilian Ladouys, St. Estephe 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

Lilian Ladouys began to gain fame in 1654 when it was known at that time under the name of La Doys. During the 18th century, the property was purchased by the Barre family. The Barre family remained in charge of Chateau Lilian Ladouys for more than 150 years.

By the early 1900’s, Lilian Ladouys, due to neglect and a lack of funds, slipped into a dilapidated state. The owners of Lilian Ladouys were forced to sell some of their St. Estephe vineyards to help pay off debts they had incurred. This did not begin to be rectified until the new owners, Christian and Lilian Thieblot begin to invest and modernize Lilian Ladouys. In 2007, the light, yellow tinted chateau and vineyards of Lilian Ladouys was resold and purchased by the Lorenzetti family. The Lorenzetti’s added to their portfolio in the Medoc with the purchase of Chateau Pedesclaux and a smaller estate, also located in Pauillac, Haut Milon. In February, 2013, Jacky Lorenzetti added to their Bordeaux holdings with the purchase of 50% of Chateau d’Issan in the Margaux appellation.

The 47 hectare Left Bank Bordeaux vineyard of Lilian Ladouys is planted to 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The vines are old at close to 40 years of age. The oldest vines are 60 years of age. The vine density ranges from 8,000 vines per hectare to 10,000 vines per hectare. The terroir is typical of St. Estephe with its gravel, clay and limestone soils. However, the makeup of their Left Bank vineyards and soils are slowly changing, due to exchanges with other St. Estephe vineyards, giving Lilian Ladouys less limestone and increased gravel and clay in their soil.

To produce the wine of Chateau Lilian Ladouys, vinification takes place in temperature controlled, stainless steel vats. 48 vats in total are used. The vats range in size from 54 hectoliters to 172 hectoliters. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank, with the exception of 10% of the fruit, which goes through malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels. The wine of Chateau Lilian Ladouys is aged on average in 40% new, French oak barrels for between 14 and 16 months.

The annual production of Chateau Lilian Ladouys is close to 20,000 cases of St. Estephe wine each year. There is a second wine, La Devise de Lilian. The property is consulted by Emmanuel Cruse who owns and manages Chateau d’Issan in the Margaux appellation.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Lilian Ladouys

    1. Blending 55% Merlot, 40% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine has an earthy, crisp, bright, red berry and thyme personality with a lot of freshness in its style. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 Château Lilian Ladouys

    1. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot, the wine reached 13.1% alcohol and will be aged in 50% new French oak for between 12-14 months. Smoke, stone, cassis, leaf and pepper scents open to a medium-bodied, fresh black cherry-filled wine with a sweet and tart black raspberry finish. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  3. 2011 Château Lilian Ladouys

    1. From an assemblage containing one of the highest concentrations of Merlot in the appellation at 70%. The remainder is made from Cabernet Sauvignon with deep color and a perfume of licorice, coffee and black cherry. This medium-bodied wine has fresh cassis in the finish. 88 - 90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 Château Lilian Ladouys

    1. Lilian Ladouys, located close to Lafon Rochet on sand and gravel soils, this vintage was produced from a 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The wine opens with stone, oak and blackberry aromas. Medium bodied with light cassis flavors and dusty tannins are found in the finish. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Château Lilian Ladouys

    1. Medium bodied with ripe red berries and earthy scents, this soft textured, easy to drink St. Estephe wine is best enjoyed in its youth. If you're looking for value priced Bordeaux with character, this is a great choice.

      89 points - Tasted
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  6. 1996 Château Lilian Ladouys

    1. Light, fading, more tobacco and earth on the nose than crisp, sharp red fruits in the finish. Drink up.

      82 points - Tasted
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