Lascombes seems to have got into its stride even in a difficult vintage such as this. Ripe black-berry fruits are there along with firm, balanced wood and spice flavors that give promise of some aging. The wood still has to calm down as the fruit develops, so don't drink until 2019.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.