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2014 Lilian Ladouys, St-Estèphe

SKU #1293535 93 points James Suckling

 Love the black-truffle and dark-berry aromas here that follow through to a firm, full-bodied palate with polished and chewy tannins. Juicy and real. Better in two or three years, but already very pretty.  (1/2019)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Under the ownership of Jacky Lorenzetti, president of one of France’s top rugby clubs, this estate is now performing impressively. The wine is finely structured with dark tannins and tight acidity and a hint of minerality. It is Merlot-dominated, although it is the 40% Cabernet Sauvignon that brings out the black-currant fruitiness. (RV)  (4/2017)

90 points Decanter

 Jacky Lorenzetti has invested heavily in this estate since he came on board, and the wine is now reaping the rewards, with the excellent Vincent Bache-Gabrielsen as winemaker. It's showing a good balance of exotic spice and gentle finessing of the raspberry and blackberry fruits. This is a good quality Cru Bourgeois, well handled with good extraction, from 30ha of gravel over limestone. 30% new oak, with 2% Cabernet Franc rounding out the blend. (JA)  (5/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Lilian Ladouys 2014 has a crisp, masculine, tightly wound bouquet with blackberry, briary and cedar emerging with aeration. There is clearly prudent use of oak here, complementing rather than dominating the wine. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, a pleasant sous-Bois note underpinning the layers of cedary black fruit and a touch of spiciness on the finish. This comes highly recommended plus great value. Tasted February 2017. (NM)  (3/2017)

90 points Vinous

 The 2014 Lilian Ladouys is soft, plump and incredibly appealing. Bright red cherry, raspberry, rose petal, mint and sweet spice notes are all pushed forward. This is an absolutely delicious, joyous bottle of wine to enjoy for its primary fruit and raciness. The blend is 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. The team headed by technical director Vincent Bache-Gabrielsen and consulting winemaker Eric Boissenot continues to do impressive work at this Saint-Estèphe property. Tasted two times. (AG)  (2/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Juicy, with good briary energy to the core of crushed plum and black currant fruit. Bay and tobacco notes fill in on the finish, adding range, though the fruit holds the upper hand easily. (JM)  (3/2017)

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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2019 | Send Email
This is an excellent bargain for classic left bank Bordeaux. Lilian Ladouys is owned by the folks at Chateau D'Issan and the winemaking pedigree is evident immediately, with a bright, expressive and rich St. Estephe profile. Cherry kirsch, graphite, smoke and herbs, with bright, lifting acidity that leads to a long lasting finish.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/15/2019 | Send Email
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We just retasted this beauty-a big winner for value. 2014 was a GREAT year in the north medoc and not many properties are more north than ths one. Love this wine.
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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/24/2019 | Send Email
One of only a handful of properties that can claim to have produced a wine as good (or better?) than their 2015. This starts with lively and complex aromas of spice and ripe berries. The mid-palate is smooth and filled with crunchy currant fruit and a tensile chalky finish. an over achieving bargain.

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/7/2017 | Send Email
The secret of the 47 hectare Lilian Ladouys property is its bevy of high-density old vines, roughly forty to sixty years of age, that form concentrated berries full of intensity. The result is a supple and sweet-fruited palate full of blackberries and spice, plump from the merlot, but balanced by the 40% of cabernet sauvignon that adds just enough grip to all that ripeness. This is one of my new favorite mid-week Bordeaux options. Personally, I've been allocating all my extra cash to 2014 Bordeaux as the prices are going to look even better once the big 2016 numbers start coming out in the near future. Load up while you can!

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