Awarded a Platinum medal, Best In Show medal and 97 points at the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details and review).
For other 2020 DWWA winners, click here.
Best in Show? A Bordeaux for less than £14? Really? Can it be any good? We were sceptical. So here's our video tasting.
Also subject to a very stong review from Greg Sherwood MW on his pages (www.gregsherwoodmw.com) on 25th November 2020 (click link for details and review).
Château Lacombe Cadiot is located several kilometres from Château Tayet in Ludon Médoc and was the fifth and final estate acquired by the De Schepper family in 2004. Located several kilometres from the Margaux appellation, Ludon Médoc is famous for its internationally-renowned estates including Château La Lagune and Château d’Agassac. The vineyards of the Médoc estate are situated in a single block opposite the Bec d’Ambés, where the Rivers Dordogne and Garonne meet.
According to the archives, Louis XIV, the Sun King, was the most illustrious former estate owner. He praised the quality of the soil at Château Lacombe Cadiot, and enjoyed hunting on the grounds, before handing the estate over to his vassal, Sir Lacombe, who gave his name to the estate.
For a general report on the 2019 Bordeaux vintage, see here (although it is less immediately relevant for a wine such as this, intended principally to be enjoyed in its youth).
For this 2019 vintage of Lacombe Cadiot, see the blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the Château themselves.
Château Lacombe Cadiot 2019 - fiche technique
Merlot 80%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%.
The wine is deep garnet-red with an attractive delicate nose, featuring ripe red and black fruit aromas. It is full-bodied on the palate with perfectly-balanced ripe tannins and freshness, following through to a long aftertaste.
Overall, the combination of winegrowing techniques favours the natural concentration of the grapes; traditional Médoc winemaking results in a fruity, round, rich wine displaying wonderful freshness.
As the DWWA judges said, "The 2019 vintage threw up a delectable cohort of young, fresh but almost irresistibly fruity red Bordeaux wines offering great value for money in this year's DWWA: a ringing testimonial to the quality of this fine year, and a great opportunity for those who love the wines of this region but who don't necessarily want to pay breath-shortening prices... or to wait half a decade or more. This Merlot-rich Bordeaux Supérieure is a fine example: dense purple-black in colour, with sweet, seductive black-cherry and elderberry scents and with a cascade of rich, exuberant fruits. There is some tannic firmness: just enough to give the beef or lamb a run for its money, but not enough to check the exuberant flow of the fruit".