|Die Qualität von Lilian Ladouys ist in den letzten Jahren sprunghaft gestiegen. Und zwar seit das Gut 2008 vom Schweizer Jacky Lorenzetti (ebenfalls Besitzer von Pedesclaux) übernommen wurde. 47 Hektar stehen hier unter Reben. In den vergangenen Jahren wurde der einst sehr hohe Merlot-Anteil etwas reduziert. Mittlerweile sieht der Rebsortenspiegel so aus: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot und 5% Cabernet Franc. Die Malolaktik findet zu 10% in neuen Barriques statt. Beim Ausbau werden 40 % neue Fässer bester Herkunft verwendet. Dieses Gut sollten Sie unbedingt beobachten. Hier bekommen Sie Spitzenqualität zu einem extrem fairen Preis.
91-93+ THE WINEADVOCATE: "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Lilian Ladouys comes bounding out of the glass with expressive scents of crushed blackberries, cassis and boysenberries with touches of dried Provence herbs, charcoal, clove oil and espresso. The medium-bodied palate is charged with energy, offering firm grainy tannins and electric freshness to support the tightly wound black fruits, finishing with loads of invigorating herbal and mineral sparks."
17 WEINWISSER: "Purpur mit rubinroten Reflexen. Üppiger Waldbeercocktail, dahinter Kakaopulver und Kardamom, dahinter Veilchen und rote Pflaumen. Am mittleren Gaumen mit schlankem Körper und mürbem Extrakt, die Rasse ist (zu) spitz und daher störend. Im verkapselten Finale blaue Beeren und Wacholder, aufgerundet."
93-95 WINE ENTHUSIAST: "This full, sumptuous wine brings together ripe tannins and ripe black currant fruits. Its richness, mitigated by the tight acidity and tannins, is full of promise for a long-term future."
93 DECANTER: "A new Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel, freshly minted this year (from the 2018 vintage). I would put this right up there with the best vintages from Lilian Ladouys. It feels extremely silky, with such plump blackberry fruits that you could almost drink it straight away but there are tannins here, and the body of the wine closes down as it travels through the palate, suggesting it intends to get serious about ageing potential. Excellent quality overall, easy to recommend, although acidities are a touch higher than this in 2018 which may not please everyone. 1% Cabernet Franc completes the blend, 30% new oak. 3.84pH. The harvest took place between 25 September and 9 October. Recently enlarged to 80ha with the addition of vineyards from both Tour de Pez and Clauzet (both good quality estates)."
92-93 James Suckling: "This is very refined and balanced with soft, silky tannins and a fresh, clean finish. It’s medium-bodied and round with integrated tannins. Spice and forest-floor character."
92-94 ANTONIO GALLONI: "The 2019 Lilian Ladouys has a powerful, quite burly bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit, wine gums, touches of blueberry and violet. It feels more Margaux than Saint-Estèphe! The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, fine grip, just a hint of piquancy and a lovely estuarine/briny influence that defines the classic finish. I prefer the palate to the aromatics at this juncture, but overall this is promising. Tasted thrice with consistent notes." - Neal Martin
90-92 ANTONIO GALLONI: "The 2019 Lilian Ladouys is a gorgeous Saint-Estèphe. Juicy and forward, the 2019 melds together the natural richness of the year with the earthy, savory profile that is typical of the appellation. Scorched earth, smoke, licorice and red cherry fruit infuse the 2019 with striking complexity and character. Floral notes add brightness as well as lift. Lilian Ladouys is shaping up to be a real sleeper in 2019. Tasted two times."
92-94 THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Leafy aromas with thyme, mint, tobacco leaf, cassis, spice and smoke are easy to find. On the palate, the wine is medium/full-bodied, fresh and vibrant. The energetic finish, with its dusty tannins, lifted red fruits and spicy chocolate is exactly what you were hoping to find. The wine was made from blending of 59% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc."
91-93 JEB DUNNUCK: "Always including plenty of Merlot, the 2019 Château Lilian Ladouys emerges from a gravelly site in Saint-Estèphe. Its deep purple color is followed by a big, juicy bouquet of ripe black cherries, kirsch, blueberries, leafy herbs, and cedar pencil. Nicely textured, medium to full-bodied, and with some chewy tannins which will be more integrated from bottle, it shows the fruit purity and sexiness that´s the hallmark of the vintage, has good balance, and a great finish."