Chateau Lilian Ladouys 2016

Chateau Lilian Ladouys 2016

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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.