Château Lilian Ladouys

Saint Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend

9.0114 ratings
8.813 pro ratings
St. Estèphe, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Top Notes For
Matt Austin

Owner/Winemaker, Grosgrain Vineyards, Walla Walla, WA

8.9

A bit modern, but still way too young and only started to show well with a few hours of air.

A bit modern, but still way too young and only started to show well with a few hours of air.

Feb 18th, 2019
Ivonne Nill

Deliciously powerful, strapping tannins, still primary ripe dark berries & cassis, spice. Has the structure to continue to evolve and improve over next 10 years. Well integrated oak and 14% ABV. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot. Maturation 50% new oak, 16 months.

Deliciously powerful, strapping tannins, still primary ripe dark berries & cassis, spice. Has the structure to continue to evolve and improve over next 10 years. Well integrated oak and 14% ABV. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot. Maturation 50% new oak, 16 months.

Dec 31st, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Finally got a photo of the correct entree. So, I am reposting.

Hedy’s main course was one of her very best. Charred Onion Crusted Beef Bavette, Carrot Puree. Onion Confit, Potato. Exceptional!!!

The 09 vintage is clearly one of the best in my lifetime. It’s so beautiful and elegant even this young. I have six of these plus a 3 liter so it was good to be able to peek into its development. I double decanted it and poured back in the bottle and re-corked it around 3p. Served it around 8:30p.

It had evolved nicely for the steak. It was full bodied, lush, smooth and elegant. Dark currants, mocha, fresh cigar, soft leather, dry clay, round acidity and a beautiful finish. Paired nice with Hedy’s entree.

The 09 Lilian Ladouys was one of the top sleeper wines of the vintage.

Hedy @Plate&Bottle on Facebook.

Finally got a photo of the correct entree. So, I am reposting.

Hedy’s main course was one of her very best. Charred Onion Crusted Beef Bavette, Carrot Puree. Onion Confit, Potato. Exceptional!!!

The 09 vintage is clearly one of the best in my lifetime. It’s so beautiful and elegant even this young. I have six of these plus a 3 liter so it was good to be able to peek into its development. I double decanted it and poured back in the bottle and re-corked it around 3p. Served it around 8:30p.

It had evolved nicely for the steak. It was full bodied, lush, smooth and elegant. Dark currants, mocha, fresh cigar, soft leather, dry clay, round acidity and a beautiful finish. Paired nice with Hedy’s entree.

The 09 Lilian Ladouys was one of the top sleeper wines of the vintage.

Hedy @Plate&Bottle on Facebook.

Aug 5th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Hedy’s main course was one of her very best. Charred Onion Crusted Beef Bavette, Carrot Puree. Onion Confit, Potato. I forgot to take a picture so I am using an older similar entree from one of her previous dinners.

The 09 vintage is clearly one of the best in my lifetime. It’s so beautiful and elegant even this young. I have six of these plus a 3 liter so it was good to be able to peek into its development. I double decanted it and poured back in the bottle and re-corked it around 3p. Served it around 8:30p.

It had evolved nicely for the steak. It was full bodied, lush, smooth and elegant. Dark currants, mocha, fresh cigar, soft leather, dry clay, round acidity and a beautiful finish. Paired nice with Hedy’s entree.

The 09 Lilian Ladouys was one of the top sleeper wines of the vintage.

Hedy @Plate&Bottle on Facebook.

Hedy’s main course was one of her very best. Charred Onion Crusted Beef Bavette, Carrot Puree. Onion Confit, Potato. I forgot to take a picture so I am using an older similar entree from one of her previous dinners.

The 09 vintage is clearly one of the best in my lifetime. It’s so beautiful and elegant even this young. I have six of these plus a 3 liter so it was good to be able to peek into its development. I double decanted it and poured back in the bottle and re-corked it around 3p. Served it around 8:30p.

It had evolved nicely for the steak. It was full bodied, lush, smooth and elegant. Dark currants, mocha, fresh cigar, soft leather, dry clay, round acidity and a beautiful finish. Paired nice with Hedy’s entree.

The 09 Lilian Ladouys was one of the top sleeper wines of the vintage.

Hedy @Plate&Bottle on Facebook.

Aug 4th, 2018
Shay A
9.3

Celebrating Bastille Day with the spring dinner of the Confrerie St Etienne of Alsace association. Wonderful menu and perfectly paired wines.

Red wine of the night. Obviously a fantastic year. Incredibly fruit forward still. More new world like on the nose and front palate but shows its Bordeaux pedigree on the finish. Dark plum, cassis, currant, herbal black tea and blackberries. Tar and leather show on the finish. This is a happy intro to Bordeaux for those looking to take a small leave from typical Napa Cab. I imagine this will peak on 3-5 yrs.

Celebrating Bastille Day with the spring dinner of the Confrerie St Etienne of Alsace association. Wonderful menu and perfectly paired wines.

Red wine of the night. Obviously a fantastic year. Incredibly fruit forward still. More new world like on the nose and front palate but shows its Bordeaux pedigree on the finish. Dark plum, cassis, currant, herbal black tea and blackberries. Tar and leather show on the finish. This is a happy intro to Bordeaux for those looking to take a small leave from typical Napa Cab. I imagine this will peak on 3-5 yrs.

Jul 15th, 2018
John Van Trijp

Bordeaux 2009.....can't have enough of it...

Bordeaux 2009.....can't have enough of it...

5 people found it helpfulMay 3rd, 2014
Saman Hosseini

Writer Maison Abattoir

8.7

A glistening deep purple in hue. Plum and earth on the nose. Plush fruit with well integrated wood and spice. cool and deep. velvet in texture. Finishes with gripping tannins.

A glistening deep purple in hue. Plum and earth on the nose. Plush fruit with well integrated wood and spice. cool and deep. velvet in texture. Finishes with gripping tannins.

2 people found it helpfulMar 24th, 2013
Matt Trader

A nice visit back to one of my favorites! Chateaux Lilian Ladouys is just such a great value north of Pauillac in St. Estephe. Perfume out of the glass: Sandalwood, decaying violets, wet underbrush, stewed plums, cigar box, and peppers. It still has chewy tannin structure, and luscious acid - red apple skins, black plums, mocha, tobacco leaf, and vanilla to the finish. I wish I laid more '09 down to have around for a while.. drink now through 2030.

Yumm!

A nice visit back to one of my favorites! Chateaux Lilian Ladouys is just such a great value north of Pauillac in St. Estephe. Perfume out of the glass: Sandalwood, decaying violets, wet underbrush, stewed plums, cigar box, and peppers. It still has chewy tannin structure, and luscious acid - red apple skins, black plums, mocha, tobacco leaf, and vanilla to the finish. I wish I laid more '09 down to have around for a while.. drink now through 2030.

Yumm!

Apr 28th, 2017
Saman Hosseini

Writer Maison Abattoir

9.0

Lush and modern. This has really turned the corner, needs almost no decanting. Heady purple fruit, borderline Christmas fruitcake upon opening, with vanilla bean. With some air the fruit achieves more intensity and composition, with adequate graphite on the finish to balance. Imbued with no shortage of St. Estephe tannins and acidity (already showing refinement and integration) ensuring sound evolution.

Lush and modern. This has really turned the corner, needs almost no decanting. Heady purple fruit, borderline Christmas fruitcake upon opening, with vanilla bean. With some air the fruit achieves more intensity and composition, with adequate graphite on the finish to balance. Imbued with no shortage of St. Estephe tannins and acidity (already showing refinement and integration) ensuring sound evolution.

Nov 9th, 2015
Chad Bowman

Sales LDF Sales

6.8

Tannic, empty, and oak ridden.

Tannic, empty, and oak ridden.

Jan 23rd, 2015