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WTN: 2003 Chateau Lascombes

by Randy Buckner » Thu Nov 16, 2006 5:09 pm

2003 Chateau Lascombes, Grand Cru Classé, Margaux, France, $45. Deeply colored to the eye and very aromatic on the nose, this wine has a classic Bordeaux fragrance. Full and complex on the entry, there is no hint of overripeness from this very hot vintage. Tannins firm up on the protracted finish and demand several years of patient aging to come around. I'll probably grab a six-pack; 91/91.
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Re: WTN: 2003 Chateau Lascombes

by Brian K Miller » Thu Nov 16, 2006 6:07 pm

Darn it! I paid too much.

Did you decant this wine?
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Re: WTN: 2003 Chateau Lascombes

by Randy Buckner » Thu Nov 16, 2006 7:21 pm

Did you decant this wine?


Two hours. BTW, that price is an error -- it should be $49 (K&L).
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Re: WTN: 2003 Chateau Lascombes

by Sam Platt » Thu Nov 16, 2006 7:52 pm

Randy,

How did it taste before decanting? I got a definite musty smell and that saw-dusty taste/texture (tannin?) on opening. Both got better with time in air.
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Re: WTN: 2003 Chateau Lascombes

by Randy Buckner » Thu Nov 16, 2006 8:07 pm

How did it taste before decanting?


I didn't taste it before decanting, Sam, so I can't speak of any mustiness. It wasn't there two hours later.
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Re: WTN: 2003 Chateau Lascombes

by Brian K Miller » Thu Nov 16, 2006 8:58 pm

Randy Buckner wrote:
Did you decant this wine?


Two hours. BTW, that price is an error -- it should be $49 (K&L).


I still paid too much by a little bit-but I like shopping at small shops and she carries really interesting stuff (Enoteca in Calistoga, CA)
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Re: WTN: 2003 Chateau Lascombes

by Randy Buckner » Thu Nov 16, 2006 9:48 pm

I still paid too much by a little bit-but I like shopping at small shops and she carries really interesting stuff (Enoteca in Calistoga, CA)


I know the place. Do you know if the Wine Stop is still in business (just up the street in the train depot)? Tom Pelter used to own it.
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Re: WTN: 2003 Chateau Lascombes

by Sam Platt » Thu Nov 16, 2006 11:39 pm

Randy,

I'm not in anyway challenging your decision to decant, but how did you know the Lascombes needed to be decanted if you didn't taste it first? Is it standard practice to always decant a Bordeaux?
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Re: WTN: 2003 Chateau Lascombes

by R Cabrera » Fri Nov 17, 2006 5:52 am

Thank you for your notes. I am waiting on a few of these to be delivered.

I am beginning to be very enthusiastic about the 2003's, although I have only tasted a few of them. The last one that I had, another Margaux, the Brane Cantenac, was enjoyable and had that hint of ripeness, but not overwhelming. As much as I like the classical style, this one is not your traditional Bordeaux, but just like the most of the other '03's that I've tasted, it is enjoyable for the style.

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Re: WTN: 2003 Chateau Lascombes

by Randy Buckner » Fri Nov 17, 2006 10:34 am

I'm not in anyway challenging your decision to decant, but how did you know the Lascombes needed to be decanted if you didn't taste it first? Is it standard practice to always decant a Bordeaux?


Sam, I don't mind being told I'm FOS. ;-) I decant all young red wines for an hour or two; Ports for 8-12 hours. I like to open them up as much as possible. I do this with all samples as well, except I "decant" in the glass. I'm much more cautious with senior citizen wines. They get tasted right away.
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Re: WTN: 2003 Chateau Lascombes

by Randy Buckner » Fri Nov 17, 2006 10:37 am

Ramon, I do believe there are good wines to be had from the 2003 vintage, but I'm tasting all wines before I purchase them. The overripeness factor is very real for this vintage, and I personally do not like that quality in my wines.
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Re: WTN: 2003 Chateau Lascombes

by David Creighton » Fri Nov 17, 2006 11:43 am

you really have to be careful with this vintage. i think the lascombes was one of the most successful - and by contrast that the brane cantenac one of the least successful - weedy and stemmy. decanter mag just raved about chasse spleen - which i too found to be very attractive, but oddly, since it was decanter, i found the wine nearly 'new world' in character. of course in a big tasting, that is the style that would stand out.
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Re: WTN: 2003 Chateau Lascombes

by Brian K Miller » Fri Nov 17, 2006 1:27 pm

Randy Buckner wrote:
I know the place. Do you know if the Wine Stop is still in business (just up the street in the train depot)? Tom Pelter used to own it.


Yes. I need to check that shop out, too!

(Enoteca has the bottle of 1990 Barolo I noted in the thread below).
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