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2019 Chateau Lilian Ladouys

Saint Estephe, Bordeaux, FRANCE
$46. 99
$563.88 Dozen
Cellar: 6 - 8 Years (2028-2030)
ABV: 13.5%
Closure: Cork

Originally known as La Doys, Saint-Estephe property Chateau Lilian Ladouys has 47 hectares of vineyards planted to a mix of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc. While the makeup of their vineyards is moving to more gravel and clay soils with recent purchases, there are still areas planted on limestone soils.
A blend of 59% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Totally opaque black dark red heart with a deep dark red black shaded hue. Elevated red to black currant and liquorice scents fill the nostrils followed by trailing notes of graphite, tobacco, fresh herbs and spicy cedar. Medium to full bodied, underpinning the rich blackcurrant and liquorice fruits is a sturdy tannin structure which gives the wine a muscular feel. Scorched earth, tobacco, black olive and spicy cedar elements also chime in. Robust medium to long conclusion.
Cellar 6-8 years.
Alc. 13.5%

Other Reviews....
Offering up aromas of sweet berries, cherries, licorice and spices, the 2019 Lilian Ladouys is medium to full-bodied, ample and charming, with a giving, easygoing profile and a clean, precise finish. It's a competent effort that shows none of the appellation's stereotypically hard edges. Drink: 2021-2039.
90 points
William Kelley - Wine Advocate

The 2019 Lilian Ladouys is absolutely beautiful, just as it was from barrel. The interplay of rich, radiant fruit and the savory, earthy notes that are typical of Saint-Estèphe make for a compelling, delicious and highly affordable wine to drink now and over the next handful of years.
92 points
Antonio Galloni - Vinous

Sweet currant and berry aromas with some very flowers follow through to a medium body, with firm and creamy tannins and a flavorful finish. I like the walnut and chocolate undertones. 59% merlot, 37% cabernet sauvignon, 3% petit verdot and 1% cabernet franc. Better after 2023.
92 points
James Suckling

This château continues to bring the goods, and their 2019 Château Lilian Ladouys offers a medium-bodied, supple, elegant, and certainly delicious style as well as complex notes of redcurrants, darker mulberries, cedary spice, and dried herbs. It shows the elegant, more mid-weight side to the vintage, yet the balance is spot on, it has ripe tannins, and it’s going to keep for 15+ years.
91 points
Jeb Dunnuck