The gravelly, limestone soils of Margaux are home to some of the greatest Cabernet Sauvignon based blends in the world. Roots dig deep here, allowing for great extraction of minerality and complexity from this hallowed ground.
Second Growth, Ch Lascombes was founded in the 18th century and is optimally situated at the highest point in Margaux, allowing for longer, more even growing seasons, perfect for producing tiny berries of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, the best for making refined yet powerful Bordeaux wines with incredible aging potential.
The chateau already did the hard work of aging this one a decade – deep in the cellar – making it ready to open now as long as you have a second bottle sitting by to wait another 5 to 10 years for an encore.
The 2010 is aromatically complex and incredibly concentrated yet light on its feet. It’s still black in color at its core with just a hint of mellowing at its edge. With that softening of color comes the introduction of more savory aromatic notes, with cedar, cigar-box and baking spices. Be sure to drink in a big glass, it’s an aromatic fireworks show.
On the palate, the wine is young, powerful, with dark layers of black cherry, cassis and currants. The finish is marked by the fine tannins of 2010, a firm structure that leaves an incredible persistence, a mile long finish, speaking to its considerable potential for long aging. Like the best of Margaux, it marries concentration and power with finesse and elegance, the hallmark for world-class wine. It has decades of life ahead of it
96 Points, Robert Parker, Jr.
The wine hits all cylinders in 2010. The average alcohol for the bottled wine is 14%. It has a gorgeously sweet nose of creme de cassis, spring flowers, subtle barbecue smoke and charcoal followed by full body, beautiful intensity, great purity, stature and length. The influence of any oak is minimal, despite the fact that 90% new French oak was used. Needless to say, this is an example of modern-styled winemaking at its finest, and arguments that such wines will not age well, do not represent their terroir , and are soul-less, are totally groundless. Give it five or so years of cellaring and drink it over the following 25-30 years. This is one of the great Margaux wines of the vintage. Probably the greatest Lascombes made to date, the 2010 is a blend of 55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon.