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.
This is the third time I have tasted the 2016 Lilian Ladouys in bottle. It retains a very intense blackberry and boysenberry bouquet laced with minerals, but displays a little more amplitude than it did in August. The tightly knit palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and still shows the graphite seam that I remarked upon previously. There is a little more persistence now, hence the slightly higher score. Good potential. (NM)
Château Lilian Ladouys has the same owner as Château Pédesclaux, with Eric Boissenot acting as consultant. The intensity here is really remarkable for a wine that has such juice through the palate. There is a beautiful ripeness to the fruit, with tannins that provide a fresh frame. A definite improvement on the 2015, it captures the spirit of juicy, fresh tannins and fruits of the vintage. The blend is 62% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot, with a pH of 3.64. (JA)
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. (LPB)
Very lively, featuring a fun mix of cassis, plum paste and cherry preserve flavors, framed with floral and mineral notes. The light-handed toast lets the fruit shine through the finish, with persistent chalky minerality. Best from 2021 through 2031. (JM)
Dark cherries, mint and cassis, a touch of tobacco and cedar. Friable tannins, fresh acidity, medium body. *Quite Good Value* for this classic style. 16.5/20 points. (RH)
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