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Chateau Lascombes History, Overview
Chateau Lascombes was named after one of its previous owners who 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 were well established in Margaux as they had their own eponymous estate, Chateau Durfort, which later became Durfort Vivens. 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.
Chateau Lascombes The Modern Age
In 1952, Chateau Lascombes was purchased by a group of investors headed by Alexis Lichine. The group included the wealthy American David Rockefeller. By the 1950’s Chateau Lascombes had suffered from close to complete neglect. The vineyards needed extensive replanting, the chateau required refurbishing and the entire wine making facilities demanded modernizing. While the original 50,000 GBP price seemed cheap, the new owners spent a small fortune bringing Lascombes into proper shape. Shortly before the sale of the Medoc property took place, Alexis Lichine also purchased another Margaux estate, Chateau Prieure Lichine. Under Alexis Lichine, the production of Lascombes almost tripled before selling the estate. In 1971 the company was taken over by the British brewing company Bass Charrington. This brought the Alexis Lichine era in Bordeaux to an end.
Following the acquisition by the Bass Group, which also owned Chateau Latour in Pauillac, Bordeaux winemaker Rene Vanatelle was brought on board. Rene 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. Rene Vanatelle however, continued expanding the main vineyard, buying more land from other chateau. In 1997, prior to his retirement, Rene Vanatelle introduced a new second wine, Chevalier de Lascombes in 1982.
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 winemaking facility that included a four level, gravity fed vat room and new barrel aging cellars. Combined with all these improvements, Colony Capital brought in three, heat hitters to improve the wine at Chateau Lascombes, Michel Rolland, Dr. Alain Raynaud and Yves Vatelot of Chateau Reignac all worked together for a time. Eventually Michel Rolland was left in charge as the sole consultant.
Colony Capitol offered the property for sale in 2007. In 2008, it was reported that Lascombes had rented vineyards belonging to Chateau Martinens, a former Cru Bourgeois, which had 28 hectares (69 acres) of vineyards within AOC Margaux plus 25 hectares of vines planted in the Haut Medoc appellation. 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.
Chateau Lascombes Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The large, 117 hectare vineyard of Chateau Lascombes has the biggest production of any chateau in the Margaux appellation. The vineyard 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 which are laid over sandstone and clay with iron deposits. As you would expect, with a vineyard that large, the quality of the terroir can vary, depending on the parcel. Their vines are scattered around the appellation with parcels in Cantenac, Margaux and Soussans. Their best vines, are well placed on gravel hillside terroir that reaches up to 20 meters in elevation at its peak.
Chateau Lascombes Winemaking
To produce the wine Chateau Lascombes, vinification takes place in a combination of wood and stainless steel vats. Over the past few years, the amount of new oak used to age the wine has been fortunately 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.
There is also a third wine, which made its debut in 2007, that is produced from 25 hectares of vines located just outside Margaux in the Haut Medoc appellation. The third wine is sold under the name of Le Haut-Medoc de Lascombes. On average, the chateau annually produces 20,000 cases of Chateau Lascombes each year.
The best vintages of Chateau Lascombes are: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2001.
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. The wine is considered controversial because while it has garnered high, scores from Robert Parker, many tasters and consumers have not agreed, due to the oaky character, calling the wine quite modern in style.
When to Drink Chateau Lascombes, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Lascombes can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting, due to its round forward style. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 2-3 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Lascombes is usually better with at least 7-10 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Lascombes offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 10-25 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Lascombes, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Lascombes is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau Lascombes is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Lascombes is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.
Château Lascombes Wine Tasting Notes
19 Vintages 119323 Views Sort Vintage Rating
2016 Château Lascombes ( Margaux)
With a good depth of color, the black and deep red fruits are aided by smoke, licorice and fresh brewed espresso. Fleshy and lush, the finish shows a lot of toasty oak, that masks the fruit to some degree. The wine was made from a blend of 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 1549 Views
2015 Château Lascombes ( Margaux)
Dark in color with an espresso, licorice, smoke and black cherry nose, this wine is voluptuous in texture with an oaky finish which, hopefully, will integrate fully, as the fruit is ripe, sweet and delicious. 91 - 93 Pts
Apr 21, 2016points - Tasted 1562 Views
2014 Château Lascombes ( Margaux)
Medium bodied, with an oaky component that adds roundness and fat to the black cherry filled wine, but there is also a lot of espresso, and smoke at the moment.
Feb 4, 2017points - Tasted 1481 Views
Coffee beans, anise, oak and dark cherries fill the nose but in the mouth, a strong oaky edge distracts from the licorice and ripe plum finish. 89-91 Pts
Apr 22, 2015points - Tasted 2196 Views
2013 Château Lascombes ( Margaux)
Good color, with an upfront blast of oak, licorice, espresso, plum and cherry, the wine is round in texture, giving it an early up front appeal, but it also feels forced for the vintage.
Feb 11, 2016points - Tasted 1300 Views
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
Apr 20, 2014points - Tasted 1677 Views
2012 Château Lascombes ( Margaux)
From a blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, the wine displays an espresso bean, blackberry, and cherry nose, with hints of blue fruit in the background. Ripe, round and open, this should deliver pleasure on the young side of life.
Mar 11, 2015points - Tasted 2246 Views
Oak, earth and cassis notes with an oaky licorice and blackberry finish. 89-91 Pts
Apr 25, 2013points - Tasted 1925 Views
2011 Château Lascombes ( Margaux)
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.
Feb 17, 2014points - Tasted 2851 Views
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
Apr 19, 2012points - Tasted 3397 Views
2010 Château Lascombes ( Margaux)
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.
Feb 13, 2013points - Tasted 8764 Views
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.
Apr 20, 2011points - Tasted 4267 Views
2009 Château Lascombes ( Margaux)
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.
Feb 1, 2012points - Tasted 7636 Views
2008 Château Lascombes ( Margaux)
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
Jan 28, 2011points - Tasted 9308 Views
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
Aug 31, 2009points - Tasted 8728 Views
2007 Château Lascombes ( Margaux)
Still holding on to its initial oaky character, the red fruits are starting to fade in this medium bodied wine. Drink up.
Jul 6, 2017points - Tasted 1112 Views
2006 Château Lascombes ( Margaux)
With a pronounced espresso bean, smoke, licorice and chocolate covered, black plum and dark cherry nose, the oak continues to dominate the character of the wine. Round, lush and fruity on the palate, lovers of this style of wine will probably like it more than I did. The wine was produced from a blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot.
Feb 2, 2016points - Tasted 4338 Views
2005 Château Lascombes ( Margaux)
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.
Jul 15, 2011points - Tasted 13638 Views
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.
Jan 20, 2008points - Tasted 6407 Views
2004 Château Lascombes ( Margaux)
Ready for prime time drinking, the oak is still prevalent. But once past the espresso, vanilla, character, the medium bodied, soft, textured wine delivers a fresh, cherry, tobacco, earthy, forest floor note from start to finish, with the character of the cooler temperatures from the 2004 vintage.
Jun 12, 2016points - Tasted 4125 Views
Lush, round and fleshy, the wine still retains an oaky character that depending on your point of view, adds, or detracts from the smoky, ripe, sweet, blackberries, tobacco, earth and round textures. The wine was made from a blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot.
Jan 4, 2015points - Tasted 3825 Views
2003 Château Lascombes ( Margaux)
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.
Jun 18, 2014points - Tasted 4134 Views
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.
Mar 27, 2013points - Tasted 4297 Views
2000 Château Lascombes ( Margaux)
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.
Sep 11, 2013points - Tasted 3941 Views
1989 Château Lascombes ( Margaux)
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.
Jun 20, 2009points - Tasted 6361 Views
1966 Château Lascombes ( Margaux)
Fully mature, with loads of smoke, cigar box, burning campfire, olive tapanade, truffle and cherry notes, the medium/full bodied, soft, silky wine felt great on the palate. This is a really nice example of a fully mature Bordeaux that will not break the bank.
Feb 3, 2015points - Tasted 2951 Views
1929 Château Lascombes ( Margaux)
A perfect example of aged Bordeaux at its best. The sweet, red fruits, tobacco, forest floor, Cuban Cigar and truffle notes on the nose grabbed you The still vibrant, fresh, round textured, kirsch and pure cherry finish was bright, fresh, clean and long.
Dec 15, 2014points - Tasted 2181 Views
1928 Château Lascombes ( Margaux)
The brick colored wine was all truffles, forest, 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.
Dec 1, 2007points - Tasted 3126 Views