Just released at £145 per dozen bottles in bond, 2021 Lilian Ladouys will be one of the best buys from the Left Bank this year. This is a château with a clear mission to rise up through the ranks and was one of just 14 to be awarded 'Exceptionnel' status in the latest Cru Bourgeois classification. We loved the 2021 cask sample and found it full of elegance and charm, as well as the intensity we have come to expect from a Lorenzetti wine.
Since it was purchased by property magnate Jacky Lorenzetti in 2007, the diffuse parcels of vines have been bought, sold and swapped with other estates to unify the vineyards. Lorenzetti is also a rugby club owner and the same bold, highly motivated approach is evident here as at Pedesclaux, his estate in Pauillac, with its hugely impressive new winery.
Just a few hundred metres from both Lafon-Rochet and Cos d'Estournel, the location clearly has the potential to produce wines at a high level. In short and to borrow the famous car dealer's phrase, this is a lot of wine for your money.
Offered en primeur, landing spring 2024.
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