Peter Maude Fine Wines
2021, Château Lilian Ladouys, SAINT-ESTÈPHE, Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel
$28.75 inc. GST
Bordeaux Blend: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
The 2021 Lilian Ladouys is precise, elegant and very nicely balanced. Crushed flowers, sweet red berry fruit, mint and spice are all laced together. I especially admire the energy and vibrancy here. This gracious, mid-weight Saint-Estèphe is all class. Tasted two times. 90-92 Antonio Galloni.
Milky chocolate blackcurrant notes on the nose. This is beguiling and sweet, very appealing with a succulent and ample palate, fresh and lively, silky and smooth. Gentle and charming with bite and a deep soul. The tannins are still there - austere with this clear bitter dark chocolate note but the fruit is much riper so you get this round, medium mouthfeel, it's expansive and so charming. More noble tannins, sweet and super approachable with perfumed cherries, raspberries, strawberries and red plums. Then the liquorice and bitterness coming through at the end. Lots to like here. 90 Georgina Hindle, Decanter
Aromas of raspberries, plums and spices, framed by creamy new oak, introduce the 2021 Lilian Ladouys, a medium to full-bodied, charming and seamless wine that's lively and open-knit. It's a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc. 89-90+ William Kelley.