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Château Lascombes 2005 (12x75cl) @ £650 per case RPJ: 95 pts
Although officially classed as a Second Growth, Lascombes is not generally considered part of the ‘Super Second’ club, alongside wines such as Cos, Ducru and Leoville Las Cases.
However, it is considered by many as one of the best value left bank Châteaux, similar to the likes of Grand Puy Lacoste. In recent years, the quality in the wines produced has improved greatly, receiving significantly higher critic scores since 2000 than previously:
Average RPJ score
This improvement has been, in part, down to
corporate ownership firstly by American investment
firm Colony Capital who took control in 2001 and
more recently French insurance company MACSF, who
bought the estate for $200 million in 2011. However,
much of the credit has to be directed to wine
consultant Michel Rolland who was tasked by Colony
Capital to improve the quality of the wine shortly
after their takeover in late 2001. His work has
continues to this day, with MACSF having kept on the
entire management team instituted by the previous
“A gorgeous example of Lascombes, the 2005, a
blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and the
rest Petit Verdot, continues the remarkable
turn-around in quality that began five years ago. A
stunningly opulent wine with a dense purple color,
the 2005 possesses a beautiful perfume of spring
flowers, blueberries, blackberries, creosote, and
graphite, full body, silky but noticeable tannins, a
layered mouthfeel, and a stunning, 45+-second
finish. This is a brilliant, modern-styled Margaux
that should age for 30-35 years.”
From an international perspective, the improving quality of the wine, association with Michel Rolland and corporate ownership has seen Lascombes establish a strong reputation in the emerging markets. As a result, recent vintages of Lascombes have been the subject of strong secondary market trading. Whilst, we would be cautious to label Lascombes an ‘investment – grade’ wine unilaterally, we would encourage investors to look at the top vintages such as 2005 as smart investment buys.
5 Year Performance Graph
The performance over the last few years, whilst not
spectacular, has been consistent. Currently yielding
returns of c. 10-12% per annum, there is the
potential for this wine to further improve in
performance as the wine becomes scarcer, improves
with age and hits its drinking window.
In conclusion we would recommend Lascombes 2005 to
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