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Chateau Lilian Ladouys 2016

Saint-Estèphe, France


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    JS 93 JL 93 NMWA 91-93 DEC 92
    JD 92 WE 92 VAG 91 WS 91
    LPBM 91 JCL 92 VAG 92

Grape Variety
62% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot


Tasting Notes
Appearance: Dense, dark garnet color, drawing on purple in its youth.
The bouquet reveals notes of cassis, violet, mocha, vanilla, spices and licorice.
Wine Empyreumatic | Fruity | Roasted | Smoked
The wines of Saint-Estèphe have strong tannins and thus reach their maturity more slowly than most other medals. They offer black fruits, a note of freshness, often a woody or smoky aspect and a floral touch. Wine Elegant | Fruity | Long | Tannic | Wooden

When to Drink Chateau Lilian Ladouys, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time:
Chateau Lilian Ladouys can be enjoyed somewhat early. However, the wine is often better with at least a few years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. Chateau Lilian Ladouys is usually best enjoyed in the first 10-20 years of life.

Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving Chateau Lilian Ladouys with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips:
Lilian Ladouys is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Lilian Ladouys is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Lilian Ladouys is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.


  • 93 James Suckling

    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. (Tasted: February 2019)

  • 93 Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider

    A big gulp of juicy, peppery, ripe, sweet red fruits, cassis, hints of dark cocoa and licorice .. gets everything started. The right amount of freshness and tannic bite give this winner structure, a backbone for aging and round textures to smooth everything out. 5-7 years in the cellar will add a lot more to the experience. And the best part is, the wine sells for a song! It is worth buying by the case. (Tasted: 4/8/2020)

  • 91-93 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate

    The 2016 Lilian Ladouys has a tightly wound bouquet with blackberry, wild hedgerow and graphite, plenty of fruit here with excellent delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with ebullient red berry fruit laced with white pepper bay leaf and a touch of brown spice towards the generous finish. Very fine.

  • 92 Decanter

    The nose reflects very ripe red and black fruit, and even some exotic notes, which could take some by surprise. But the palate is more balanced, showing fresh cassis on the finish, which has a long lift, and almost suggests the grapefruit freshness of a white wine! I like the mid-palate sap. An excellent wine and miles better than its New World-style and less terroir-driven 2010, also tasted. Drinking Window 2020 – 2030. (Tasted: March 2019)

  • 92 Jeb Dunnuck

    A perennial overachiever, the 2016 Château Lilian Ladouys brings the goods in 2016 and has a complex, medium to full-bodied, character-filled style to go with loads of blue fruits, dried herbs, and a hint of violets. Drink 2019-2034. (Tasted: February 2019)

  • 92 Wine Enthusiast

    Now under the same ownership as vastly improved Château Pedesclaux in Pauillac, this estate is also on the upward quality curve. This wine has the structure and tannins of a classic Saint-Estèphe as well as juicy, rich black fruits. With aging potential, the wine should be ready to drink from 2024. – ROGER VOSS (Tasted: May 2019)

  • 91 Vinous Antonio Galloni

    The 2016 Lilian Ladouys is just as beautiful from bottle as it was from barrel. Lifted, silky and exceptionally perfumed, the 2016 has so much to offer. Bright red toned fruits laced with expressive floral top notes run through this sensual, totally gracious Saint-Estèphe. There is so much to like. Lilian Ladouys is a rare Saint-Estèphe where Merlot takes precedence over Cabernet Sauvignon. Tasted two times. (Tasted: January 2019)

  • 91 Wine Spectator

    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. (Tasted: March 2019)

  • 91 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim)

    Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it sings of baked plums, crème de cassis and Black Forest cake with bay leaves. Medium-bodied, elegant and packed with vibrant flavor layers, it finishes long. Drink 2019 – 2031. (Tasted: November 2018)

  • 92 Jeannie Cho Lee

    (Tasted: April 2017)
    (When to drink: 2023 to 2023)

  • 92 Vinous Antonio Galloni

    (Tasted: December 2018)
    (When to drink: 2023 to 2040)

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