In the south-west of the Saint-Estèphe appellation, just a stone’s throw from Château Cos d’Estournel and Château Lafite-Rothschild, the elegant chartreuse residence at Lilian Ladouys will catch your eye on the vine-covered horizon. In 2008, the Lorenzetti family instantly fell in love with this history-seeped sleeping beauty of a house. The vineyards and cellars have since been fully restructured and Lilian Ladouys is now ready to step back into the spotlight. On 20th February 2020, the verdict was handed down: Château Lilian Ladouys had been classified as a Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel!
Since the Lorenzetti family took over in 2008, the Domaine has undergone extensive restructuring works in its vineyards. They made the decision to bring the focus back to its finest, primarily gravel terroirs with the objective of taking quality to new levels. The Domaine has become much stricter during the selection process for the first and second wines. In 2020 the Chateau made the commitment to convert their vineyards to 100% organic agriculture by 2023. The Lorenzetti family is taking this Domaine to new heights and it's only a matter of time before they're firmly placed within the upper echelon of Bordeaux Chateau!
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot make up the majority of the blend, with the proportions varying from one year to the next. They are supplemented by Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The estate’s wines go into gravity-fed vats and undergo vinification with a partially gravity-based system, which is more sensitive to the integrity and subtleties of the grapes and the wine.
Aging: 14 months in 40-60% New French Oak
Tasting notes: Red Wine. Cabernet Sauvignon 45% Merlot 50% Petit Verdot 4% Cabernet Franc 1%. The wine has a rich and crisp structure with ripe tannins, refined oak which melts into an explosion of fruit. It has the opulence and length of a Saint-Estèphe fine wine. Thanks to the appellation’s limestone-clay subsoils, its power is balanced out by a wonderful sensation of freshness.
The blueberry and blackberry aromas are certainly attractive here. Full-bodied and dense with a very velvety texture and a long, generous finish of ripe fruit and spice. Drink from 2022. ~93 James Suckling
The 2016 Lilian Ladouys is opulent and vivacious on a nose of red currant and raspberry fruit, well-integrated oak, and lovely rose petal aromas. The medium-bodied palate delivers supple tannins, well-judged acidity, good body, and a grippy but detailed finish with veins of blue fruit. This is a joy to drink, but it needs a couple of years. Tasted blind at the Southwold tasting. ~92 Vinous Media
The 2016 Lilian Ladouys is a blend of 62% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot aged in 30% new French oak for 15 months. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it sings of baked plums, crème de cassis and Black Forest cake with bay leaves, pencil lead, and menthol. Medium-bodied, elegant, and packed with vibrant flavor layers, it finishes long. ~ 91 Robert Parker
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