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Date Printed: 10/24/2014
Chateau Lascombes  2004
Chateau Lascombes 2004
(search item no. 89019)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $77.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is amazing, almost black with light purple glints. The nose is complex with layers of black fruits, such as blackberries, bilberries and black cherries as well as flowers and spices. The Cabernet Sauvignon, incredibly consistent in quality in 2004, brings finesse to the blend and gives Château Lascombes 2004 power and concentration on the palate while maintaining a delicacy and unctuousness that mingle well with a dense, tight-knit tannic structure of good pedigree. The finish is long and flavorful. Château Lascombes 2004 is definitely to be ranked among the greatest Margaux of this vintage.

"Another brilliant effort from this estate, the 2004 Lascombes (a blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot) exhibits a deep blue/purple hue along with a sweet perfume of blueberries, black raspberries, cherries, incense, smoke, and spring flowers. While opulent, underneath the full-bodied richness of fruit and depth is a structured wine. As it sits in the glass, an espresso roast character (no doubt from new oak) also emerges. Enjoy this pure, structured, fleshy beauty between 2010-2025."
-Wine Advocate

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About Chateau Lascombes:

Château Lascombes, a Margaux ranked Second Growth in the 1855 classification, bears the name of its first owner, Chevalier de Lascombes, born in 1625. At the turn of the 18th century, Jean-Francois Lascombes, a councillor at the Bordeaux Parliament, dedicated his wealth to making a great wine at Lascombes. The existing chateau was built in 1867 by Chaix D'Est Ange.

Alexis Lichine took over the property in 1952. He completely restructured Chateau Lascombes and renovated the vineyard and cellars, giving this large vineyard new life. In 1971, he sold everything to the English brewer, Bass-Charrington. Since its purchase in April 2001 by Colony Capital, a new era has begun for this property.

The Chateau Lascombes vineyard stretches over eighty-four hectares within the Margaux appellation. The present varietal distribution is 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot.