Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon

Château Lascombes

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2003

David T
9.1

The right order with our Porterhouses. Still has the Margaux elegance presence but, lacks the quality of fruit & characteristics of the 06 Rauzan-Segla.

Not the best vintage I’ve had from Lascombes. Interesting as this was a warm vintage. All my previous 2003’s have shown bright, ripe fruit. The fruits were dull & lacked freshness which, is very different than the other 03’s I’ve had to this point. I don’t know if the staff trimmed too much canopy and the fruit got too much heat and UV light, therefore losing freshness along with a lack of water during the season.

This will still drink well for another 5-8 years before it declines. Our Porterhouses helped contribute to a better experience masking some of its shortcomings.

The wine showed dull, dark fruit with more earthiness than expected given its evolution from its bottle age. Dry soil & clay, stones, dry forest floor, dry tobacco, used leather and withering & dark flowers. The acidity was pleasant but not up to par. The finish lacked Margaux beauty but, it did pop up here and there. Just no consistency. The fruit was flat and lots of dry earth on the long set. Not bad just no up to what I expect from Lascombes and the vintage.

Photos of; Chateau Lascombes, concrete tank cellar, barrel room with some unique lighting for a Bordeaux producer and their tasting salon.
— 2 days ago

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Bob McDonald

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@David T Just as a guide David, Richard Hemming MW has a drinking window on the 2014 of 2016 to 2022.
David T

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Thank Bob. Over many years, I have come to realize.these guidelines from critics are conservative. Probably wise for them to be as many don’t wish to wait on their wines or lack proper storage to store wine long term. For me, I also prefer my wines on the well evolved side. My experience after collecting Bordeaux for over 20 plus years & 11 market trips to Bordeaux.

On another note, I recently picked up on a new (for me) music group from Australia, Angus & Julia Stone. Don’t know their level of popularity in Australia but, dig a number of their songs. One that I like best is Grizzly Bear - Lakeside edition. 👍. Made my latest Dave’s Lounge mix specifically created for enjoying wines with friends in our backyard. Cheers! 🍷🥂
Bob McDonald

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I agree that setting Drinking Windows is a very inexact science amongst Wine Journalists whose opinions on the same wine often vary widely. Totally agree on the longevity of Bordeaux rouge some of them from good vintages seem almost timeless.
I like Angus and Julia Stone as well - their big hit being “Big Jet Plane”.

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