Obviously wood-aged, with a smoky toast flavor, this is a wine that shows the power of Saint-Estèphe tannins in full force. At the same time, there is a blackberry character that adds richness and juiciness, which cuts through the dry core. Age for at least 7–8 years.
90–92. Barrel sample. Spicy new wood and the characteristically firm tannins of Saint-Estèphe yield a solid, chunky, powerful wine. With so much black plum, ginger and all-spice character, it's already quite complex and will develop well.
Since the futures tasting in 2009, the wood element has been tamed. It is still an important factor, but the fruit has blossomed, showing a solid core of tannins, surrounded by dark plum and red fruit flavors. It will need many years, but everything is here now.
With the 2003 vintage, Lilian-Ladouys returned to its previous form after a fallow period. This 2004 is a good follow up. It has ripe black plum and mint flavors, and solid, dense tannins, leavened by juicy acidity.
From a mosaic of 90 different scattered parcels, oenologue Georges Pauli has constructed a firm style of wine, with Saint-Estèphe’s characteristic tannins and fresh black currant fruits. This is a structured wine, which should certainly age well. Imported by Fruit of the Vines, Inc.