Chateau Lilian Ladouys Saint Estephe 2013
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|Region||France, Bordeaux, St. Estephe|
|Brand||Chateau Lilian Ladouys|
With firm tannins and ripe, balanced fruit, this is a success for the vintage, profiting from the dry conditions during harvest in Saint-Estèphe. Blackberry fruits and rich tannins give the wine shape and aging potential. Keep the wine until 2019.
Finally showing signs of a renaissance in quality, this large 110-acre estate in St.-Estephe has turned out a reasonably good effort in 2013 that should be realistically priced as well. Normally this is a blend of at least 50% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon with a tiny portion of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Not a lot of new oak is used, so the wine tends to show lots of earth, spice box, cedar wood, tobacco leaf and red and black currants. The 2013 does that in a somewhat superficial, but pleasant and attractive style. Drink it over the next 5-6 years.
The 2013 Lilian Ladouys shows good depth and plenty of potential. Violets, red stone fruits, wild flowers and cinnamon all lift from the glass in a wine that offers tons of personality and polish in its peer group. This should be a solid value from St. Estèphe. I very much like the sense of energy here. Tasted twice.
Rather open, with modest plum and bitter cherry fruit backed by a balsam-edged structure, picking up dried bergamot and tea notes on the dusty finish. Drink now through 2017.