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Chateau Lilian Ladouys History and Overview
What we know of as Lilian Ladouys today, began to gain fame in 1654 when it was known at that time under the name of La Doys. As you can guess, in time, La Doys morphed into Ladouys, which is how the estate earned its name. 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, due to neglect and a lack of funds, Chateau Lilian Ladouys slipped into a dilapidated state. The owners of Lilian Ladouys were forced to sell some of their Saint Estephe vineyards to help pay off debts they had incurred.
Chateau Lilian Ladouys the Modern Era
The fortune and condition of Lilian Ladouys 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 Jacky Lorenzetti. The Lorenzetti family continued adding 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 dIssan in the Margaux appellation.
Chateau Lilian Ladouys Vineyard, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
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 Saint Estephe vineyards, giving Lilian Ladouys less limestone and increased gravel and clay in their soil. As the new vines age and are better integrated into the vineyard, the wine will show more richness and depth.
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 dIssan in the Margaux appellation.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Lilian Ladouys with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Lilian Ladouys is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Lilian Ladouys is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Lilian Ladouys is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Château Lilian Ladouys Wine Tasting Notes
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2016 Château Lilian Ladouys ( St. Estèphe)
Fresh, spicy cassis, licorice and blackberry have exploded all over the place in the best vintage yet for Lilian Ladouys. With textbook tannins, fresh fruit, length and lovability, the wine was made from a blend of 62% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot with 13.6% alcohol and a pH of 3.67.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 1786 Views
2015 Château Lilian Ladouys ( St. Estèphe)
Cassis, cranberry and spice, medium-bodied and soft on the palate, this wine is fresh, bright and crisp in its red berry character.
Apr 19, 2016points - Tasted 2241 Views
2014 Château Lilian Ladouys ( St. Estèphe)
Licorice, black raspberries, tobacco, smoky cherries, spice and cedar characteristics come out in the medium/full bodied, dusty textured finish.
Jun 25, 2017points - Tasted 1481 Views
Fresh, sweet but sassy black raspberries and cherries, licorice, espresso and fertile soil, this wine finishes with soft but dusty tannins. 89-91 Pts
Apr 13, 2015points - Tasted 4372 Views
2013 Château Lilian Ladouys ( St. Estèphe)
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
Apr 20, 2014points - Tasted 2881 Views
2012 Château Lilian Ladouys ( St. Estèphe)
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
Apr 23, 2013points - Tasted 2905 Views
2011 Château Lilian Ladouys ( St. Estèphe)
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
Apr 8, 2012points - Tasted 2501 Views
2010 Château Lilian Ladouys ( St. Estèphe)
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
Apr 19, 2011points - Tasted 7062 Views
2009 Château Lilian Ladouys ( St. Estèphe)
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.
May 3, 2012points - Tasted 10846 Views
1996 Château Lilian Ladouys ( St. Estèphe)
Light, fading, more tobacco and earth on the nose than crisp, sharp red fruits in the finish. Drink up.
May 9, 2014points - Tasted 2230 Views