Château Lilian Ladouys 2019 - Saint-Estèphe, Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel:
||Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
|Over het wijnhuis
||Château Lilian Ladouys, ooit La Doys genaamd, heeft een geschiedenis die een paar eeuwen teruggaat. Interessant wordt het echter pas wanneer de familie Lorenzetti het chateau overneemt, dat gebeurde in 2008. Château Lilian Ladouys is een Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel en gevestigd in Saint-Estèphe, de meest noordelijke gemeente van de Médoc.
||"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." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"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." - James Suckling
"Cru bourgeois exceptionnel. 59% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc. Organic certification in progress. Mid garnet. Some evolution at the rim. Really mellow and pleasing. A range of floral flavours and some ripe tannins add up to something very distinctive." - Jancis Robinson
"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." - Jancis Robinson
"From a large, 113-acre estate, this wine is dense, structured and full of dark coffee and spice flavors allied to rich tannins. Blackberry fruits shine through this texture promising aging. Drink from 2026." - Wine Enthusiast
"A new Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel, freshly minted this year (from the 2018 vintage). I would put this right up there with the best vintages from Lilian Ladouys. It feels extremely silky, with such plump blackberry fruits that you could almost drink it straight away but there are tannins here, and the body of the wine closes down as it travels through the palate, suggesting it intends to get serious about ageing potential. Excellent quality overall, easy to recommend, although acidities are a touch higher than this in 2018 which may not please everyone. 1% Cabernet Franc completes the blend, 30% new oak. 3.84pH. The harvest took place between 25 September and 9 October. Recently enlarged to 80ha with the addition of vineyards from both Tour de Pez and Clauzet (both good quality estates). Drinking Window 2026 - 2040" - Decanter
||Château Lilian Ladouys
Deze wijn was tot 2020 een Cru Bourgeois Supérieur. Maar door jarenlang topkwaliteit te maken, heeft dit château vanaf 2020 de nieuwe status van Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel. Er zijn maar 18 châteaux met deze prestigieuze status en gelijkwaardig aan menig grand cru wijnen. Deze nieuwe status geldt voor vijf jaar en voor de jaargangen: 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 en 2022.
Tasted by Jane Anson(at Bordeaux, 30 May 2020)Part of Best Cru Bourgeois 2019 wines tasted en primeur:
A new Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel, freshly minted this year (from the 2018 vintage). I would put this right up there with the best vintages from Lilian Ladouys. It feels extremely silky, with such plump blackberry fruits that you could almost drink it straight away but there are tannins here, and the body of the wine closes down as it travels through the palate, suggesting it intends to get serious about ageing potential. Excellent quality overall, easy to recommend, although acidities are a touch higher than this in 2018 which may not please everyone. 1% Cabernet Franc completes the blend, 30% new oak. 3.84pH. The harvest took place between 25 September and 9 October. Recently enlarged to 80ha with the addition of vineyards from both Tour de Pez and Clauzet (both good quality estates).
Drinking Window 2026 - 2040
Château Lilian Ladouys is a left-bank Bordeaux wine estate in Saint-Estèphe and like many wineries in the region, its grand vin is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant red blend. The estate has several centuries of history, rising in prominence in the early 20th century, and was classified as a Cru Bourgeois Supérieur estate in 1932, and again in 2003 before the classification was annulled in 2007.
The estate has a recorded history dating back to the middle of the 16th century when it was known by the name La Doys. From the 18th until the 20th century, it was owned and run by the Barre family, who built the château and raised the prominence of the wine, earning it Cru Bourgeois Supérieur status. Unfortunately, quality declined during the World Wars and pieces of the property and vineyards were sold off. It was left in a state of disrepair until Christian and Lilian Thiébolt bought it in the 1980s, renovated the winemaking facilities, replanted the parcels of land and gave the estate its modern name. The estate is now owned by Jacky and François Lorenzetti, who also own Château Pédesclaux and are co-owners of Château d'Issan.
The vineyard covers roughly 50 hectares (123 acres) and is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, with 90 percent undergoing malolactic fermentation in tanks and 10 percent in French oak barrels. The wine is then aged for an average of 15 months in oak, of which 40 percent is new. Château Lilian Ladouys makes a second wine called La Devise de Lilian Ladouys.
Château Lilian Ladyous:
At the tasting, Lilian Ladouys always reveals a greedy and crunchy structure made of ripe tannins, a refined woody note which melts in a fruity explosion. Opulence and length are those of the great wines of Saint-Estèphe. Thanks to the clay-limestone subsoils of the appellation, the power is counterbalanced by a magnificent sensation of freshness.
TERROIRS: 80% Peyrosols & 20% Clay and limestone
GRAPE VARIETY: Cabernet sauvignon: 45%, Merlot: 50%, Petit Verdot: 4% en Cabernet Franc: 1%
IN THE VINEYARD:
‧ All work promoting good distribution and good ventilation of the grapes (window pruning, splitting, leaf stripping)
‧ Sown grass adapted according to the vigor of the plot
‧ Manual harvest, followed by manual sorting on bunches and then on berries
‧ Gravity vatting without crushing
‧ Cold pre-fermentation maceration
‧ Long vatting
‧ Exclusive practice of load shedding for gentle extraction
‧ 40% new wood depending on the vintage