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2022 Château Lilian Ladouys En Primeur

2022 Château Lilian Ladouys: Release expected Friday 12th May 2023.

Under the same ownership as Pauillac Fifth Growth Pedesclaux, Château Lilian Ladouys has seen lots of investment.  This Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel in St-Estephe is sure to rise in profile with each new vintage


Offered en primeur, landing spring 2025.

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Château Lilian Ladouys, Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel St-Estèphe

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Château Lilian Ladouys, Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel St-Estèphe

Château Lilian Ladouys is a Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel in the commune of St-Estèphe. 

The estate was first mentioned in1654 when it was as La Doys. It fell into disrepair in the 1900s before it was purchased by Christian Thieblot and Lilian Thieblot.  Lilian Thieblot's name was added to the château name in 1989.  It was sold again In 2007 to the property magnate and rugby club owner Jacky Lorenzetti.  Lorenzetti also owns Pedesclaux and Haut-Milon in Pauillac, as well as 50% of Chateau d'Issan in Margaux.

The 80 hectares of vineyards are planted to 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc. The vines are planted on the Cos Plateau.  Formerly split into many parcels, with Lorenzetti's investment, the parcels have been consolidated (and swapped with other estates) to unify the vineyard.  The estate has also entered organic conversion.  As at Pedesclaux, Lorenzetti clearly has serious intent to raise the quality level here and this has already been recognised with the recent elevation to Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel status.  Lilian Ladouys is overseen by Lorenzetti's daughter Manon.


RED 2022 Château Lilian Ladouys 75cl £174 per case of 12 Château Lilian Ladouys
2022 / / 75cl
£174 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"A Merlot-dominant blend, the 2022 Lilian Ladouys offers up rich aromas of dark berries, violets, charcoal and rose petals, followed by a medium to full-bodied, fleshy palate framed by rich, youthfully firm tannins that assert themselves on the finish. Impacted by hail and with a very elevated pH of 3.95, this is something of a blunt instrument. 88-90 points" William Kelley,"Blackberries, blueberries and dark chocolate with some spice. Medium body. Firm and bright. Polished tannins. Very spicy with nutmeg and cloves at the end. 52% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon and 8% petit verdot. 92-93 points""Intense colour, marzipan and fennel, caraway seeds, cracked pepper, very classic St Estèphe in that it has just a ton of cassis and bilberry fruit, with chewy tannins that have you wading through the mid palate. This is clearly extremely well made, almost 2010 in feel, with balance and confidence. Due for certifcation organic in 2024, now in conversion. Highest amount of Petit Verdot at this estate, lost around 30% of the crop through hail and frost in northern St Estèphe. 35% new oak barrels, alongside larger sized oak casks for ageing. 93 points""From a château that lost 40% of their production due to hail, the 2022 Château Lilian Ladouys checks in as 52% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 8% Petit Verdot. A rich, medium to full-bodied, balanced Saint-Estèphe, it offers pure plum and darker cherry fruits, some chocolate and leafy herb nuances, ripe tannins, and a concentrated, textured mid-palate. It's beautifully done, and I suspect it will represent a great value as well. 91-93+ points"

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