Chateau Lilian Ladouys Saint Estephe 2018 94pts
With the recent additions of magnificent graveled soils, the 2018 vintage is marked by the elegance and power of Cabernet Sauvignon enhanced by a dash of Petit Verdot. Merlot has the smallest share in blending since the Lorenzetti family took over the estate, but the great wine of Château Lilian Ladouys retains its characteristic delicacy. An intense nose of red fruits such as raspberry, currant and cherry, and notes of peppermint and mint are complemented by the spices brought by the Petit Verdot. With a buttery lining, the palate of Château Lilian Ladouys 2018 is lively and dignified thanks to its high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon. It possesses an alluring volume and a length unknown in this style of wine.
59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot
94 James Suckling
94 Wine Enthusiast
92 Robert Parker
From the lieu-dit Blanquet and with a deep purple-black color, the 2018 Lilian Ladouys gives up wonderfully spicy black fruit preserves notions: plum preserves, crème de cassis and blueberry with hints of exotic spices, menthol and violets. Medium to full-bodied, firm and fine-grained in the mouth, it has layer upon layer of rich, spicy black fruits with a lift to the finish. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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I have been drinking Lilian Ladouys for years. The 2018 vintage, although still young, is simply divine. It tastes even better than the legendary 2010 vintage. More complex, full-body, and longer finish. I would buy the rest in Plum Ridge Bottle Shop, which I have shopped several times. Incidentally, Plum Ridge has really competitive pricing and impeccable service.