A very deep, brilliant black color. Discreet at first on the nose before an explosion of black fruit aromas as the glass is swirled. A superb assortment of very ripe black fruits, such as blackberries and sun-drenched bigarreau cherries intermixed with chocolate and mocha notes. Great complexity and lots of finesse. The entry to the palate is fresh and sweet. All the wine's power and structure is counter-balanced by its round, fleshy texture and its lively, elegant flavours. Underneath a velvet wrapping the fullness of the wine comes through immediately together with fine-grained, tight-knit tannins, that are characteristic of the 2010 vintage. Black fruit flavours and spices come to the fore, followed by an incredibly long finish. The 2010 Château Lascombes is a perfect example of a wine that combines complexity and power with elegance.
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 it's finest, and arguments that such wines will not age well, do not represent their terroir , and are soul-less, are totally groundless. Give it 5 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.
Wood-driven tannins dominate at this stage, creating a wine that is structured and dense. The tannins are layered with the weight of the black currant and plum fruits. Lascombes is still finding its style, but is definitely on the upward slope.
Dark and nicely toasty, with ample espresso and ganache up front, followed by steeped fig, blackberry and black currant fruit that rumbles through the finish. Features ample tarry grip, but eschews minerality and finesse for a direct and toast-driven approach. Best from 2014 through 2026.
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