Chateau Lilian Ladouys 2016

Chateau Lilian Ladouys 2016

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The estate began in 1564 when Jacques de Becoyran, the Lord of Lafite, held the estate as a fief. Yes that Lafite!. In fact Chateau Lafite Rothschild in a few hundred meters away from the estate. The estate was originally called La Doys. The Barres family owned the estate for over 150 years and hey were responsible for construction of the Chateau. The early part of the 20th century was not so kind to the estate. Wars, economic crisis and other tings caused the estate to be broken up and forgotten. In the mid 1980, Christian and Lilian Thieblot acquired the property and changed the name to Chateau Lilian Ladouys. In 2008, Jacky and Francoise Lorenzetti acquired the property. Through recent acquisitions, the estate now covers 80 hectares. The vineyard is planted with 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc.

Jacky and Francoise Lorenzetti are co owners of Chateau d'Issan in Margaux and Chateau Pedesclaux in Pauillac.
Wine Spectator: 91
Very lively, featuring a fun mix of cassis, plum paste and cherry preserve flavors, framed with floral and mineral notes. The light-handed toast lets the fruit shine through the finish, with persistent chalky minerality. Best from 2021 through 2031. 25,000 cases made.
Wine Advocate: 91
The 2016 Lilian Ladouys is a blend of 62% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot aged in 30% new French oak for 15 months. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it sings of baked plums, crème de cassis and Black Forest cake with bay leaves, pencil lead and menthol. Medium-bodied, elegant and packed with vibrant flavor layers, it finishes long
Decanter: 91
Chteau Lilian Ladouys has the same owner as Chteau Pdesclaux, with Eric Boissenot acting as consultant. The intensity here is really remarkable for a wine that has such juice through the palate. There is a beautiful ripeness to the fruit, with tannins that provide a fresh frame. A definite improvement on the 2015, it captures the spirit of juicy, fresh tannins and fruits of the vintage. The blend is 62% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot, with a pH of 3.64.
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Now under the same ownership as vastly improved Château Pedesclaux in Pauillac, this estate is also on the upward quality curve. This wine has the structure and tannins of a classic Saint-Estèphe as well as juicy, rich black fruits. With aging potential, the wine should be ready to drink from 2024.
Vinous: 92
This is the third time I have tasted the 2016 Lilian Ladouys in bottle. It retains a very intense blackberry and boysenberry bouquet laced with minerals, but displays a little more amplitude than it did in August. The tightly knit palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and still shows the graphite seam that I remarked upon previously. There is a little more persistence now, hence the slightly higher score. Good potential.
James Suckling: 93
The blueberry and blackberry aromas are certainly attractive here. Full-bodied and dense with a very velvety texture and a long, generous finish of ripe fruit and spice. Drink from 2022.