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2005 Château Lascombes

  • 95 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 80 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52787-2005-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    (52% cabernet sauvignon, 45% merlot and 3% petit verdot) Good bright ruby. Blueberry and licorice on the nose, lifted by spicy oak. Chewy, lush and dense, but with a sappy quality giving shape to the fruit. Very tactile, solid wine with a saline quality suggesting energetic extraction. But this offers impressive mouth coverage and finishes broad and long, with nicely restrained sweetness. Wait until 2011.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    A gorgeous example of Lascombes, the 2005, a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot, continues the remarkable turn-around in quality that began five years ago. A stunningly opulent wine with a dense purple color, the 2005 possesses a beautiful perfume of spring flowers, blueberries, blackberries, creosote, and graphite, full body, silky but noticeable tannins, a layered mouthfeel, and a stunning, 45+-second finish. This is a brilliant, modern-styled Margaux that should age for 30-35 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Dark in color, with an impressive nose of licorice, toasty oak, chocolate and blackberry. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Very pretty and structured. 25,000 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Sweet, malty nose - black cherry jam - and then a little bit of green tannin on the finish. Shame as it was nearly very good.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Toby Thomas
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    Drink Dates: 2015-2035
    Author: vegas
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: J Brent
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Ricardo2
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Vinocholic
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: fabioota
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    Author: Brown Steven
  • Self | Rating:

    From Chateau Lascombes is a long-ageing wine. It is concentrated and powerful, tannic, with all the elegance and finesse of the great Margaux wines. The Vintage: 2005 was the year of drought par excellence. The cold, dry winter threatened an ultimate lack of moisture in the soil. The hot spring weather at the beginning of April brought about a fast, even bud-break. The flowering, thanks to hot, dry weather, took place in a matter of days in the majority of our plots and promised an excellent harvest. The 2005 spring was really dry, and it was undoubtedly these conditions that made the vines gradually adapt and eventually avoid suffering from any brutal moisture deficit in the soil during the summer. One of the direct consequences of this water constraint was the small size of the berries, in particular that of the Cabernet Sauvignon. The color change in the grapes also took place quickly and evenly, and the August drought brought about an early halt in vine vegetation growth, consequently favoring good ripening of the grapes. We began the picking of the Merlot on September 21, and on October 8, we started harvesting the Cabernet Sauvignon, finishing on October 19th. Between these two varieties we picked our precious Petit Verdot. As we had expected, the juice yields were low for the Cabernet Sauvignon, though we managed to bring in a nice yield of 40 hl / ha. For once, we did not introduce any modifications to the vat cellar in 2005. Perhaps we have reached a level of certain perfection? We continue to sort the grapes meticulously before and after de-stemming followed by the adding of carbonic snow before the berries went up to the second floor to be crushed and sent into vats. The cold pre-fermentation maceration was followed by the alcoholic fermentation and the vatting period subsequently lasted 25 to 30 days. The result of all this work was a deep-colored, rich, dense wine with very ripe fruit flavors and sufficient acidity to achieve a supreme overall balance. The wine was racked into barrels throughout the month of November, and the malolactic fermentation was done in the barrels. In 2005, the top wine has once again been aged 100% in new oak barrels. The beginning of the aging involves our traditional method of ageing on the lees for four months, followed by the racking and blending in March. The 2005 vintage is made up of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. The dark, beautifully deep color displays brilliant purple hues. After swirling, a subtle nose of spices, black fruits and licorice comes through, enveloped by subtle toasty notes with roasted coffee beans. The palate, after a supple entry, is explosive whereas the discreet oak comes through subtly in the background, leaving the way for the fruit to come to the fore front. The 2005 vintage is structured around a perfect balance of freshness, power, roundness, smoothness and very elegant tannins, which together make up an ideal harmony. As every year, the Chevalier de Lascombes is made in such a way that it can be enjoyed in the medium term. The Chevalier de Lascombes 2005 is no exception and can be enjoyed for its fruit and suppleness, whilst maintaining a concentration and elegance worthy of a Margaux wine.
    Author: WineLoverATL
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Rich deep garnet color. Tannins chewy yet beginning to soften and allow the earthy, blackberry, and cassis to come out. A great bottle paired with a great meal of prime rib.
    Author: Turner Whittenburg
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Tasted 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005 Lascombes. 2005 was certainly the |biggest| wine of the 4, but it is still much too young and should evolve well, developing into a wine like the '02 that is balanced and tremendously enjoyable.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2028
    Author: botro
  • Self | Rating: 94

    This is a wine that has received quite a bit of early controversy for its level of oak and lack of harmony, but much like the ?04 vintage, I am a Lascombes believer yet again in '05. This is undoubtedly a serious, endowed and generously proportioned effort that exudes a powerful disposition that I immediately fell for. A primal torrent of dark olive paste, saturating black currant, spice box and road tar steam through the palate w/ authority. This savory juice is built like a brick and should unfold gorgeously in the cellar
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
Named after its first owner, Chevalier de Lascombes, this Margaux ranked Second Growth vineyard produces powerful, tannic, yet elegant wines. Once owned by Chaix d'Est-Ange, a General to Napoleon III, Lascombes encountered a revival in the mid 20th century under the control of Alexis Lichine. Many decades later, Colony Capital bought the estate and controls the vineyard to date. Currently, the vines are comprised of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petite Verdot.

Lascombes produces a second wine, Chevalier des Lascombes, named after its original owner, with a fruitier flavor profile that requires less aging (about 5 to 10 years). The chateau also employs two second labels, Segonnes and La Gombaude, for its lesser wines.

See other similar producers:Chateau Latour,Chateau Pape Clement,Chateau Lagrange
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 3448 bottles owned
  • 541 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 541 collectors)