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    Chateau Leoville Las Cases St. Julien, Bordeaux wine, Second Growth, producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

    Chateau Leoville Las Cases has one of the longest histories in the Medoc. Much of that heritage is shared with what later became Leoville Poyferre This famed Bordeaux wine estate, Leoville Las Cases was the property of a myriad of noble families. These owners were some of the most notable and wealthiest inhabitants in France. The final royal family to own the property is where the chateau draws its name from, the Las Cases family.

    But the history of what we know of as Chateau Leoville Las Cases does not begin there. We need to go back to 1638 when Jean de Moytié, a member of the Bordeaux Parliament owned a Bordeaux vineyard. Moytie called it “Mont-Moytié. Mont-Moytié was one of the first chateaux in the Medoc to produce wine along with Chateau Margaux and La Tour de Saint-Lambert, which we know as today as Chateau Latour. The domaine remained in the family for almost 100 years. Through marriage, the estate ended up as part of the de Gascq family. Alexandre de Gascq renamed Mont-Moytié as Leoville, or Lionville.

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    The massive Leoville estate was at the forefront of Bordeaux vineyard management at the time. Some of their ideas seemed odd at the time, but today they are still widely in use. They changed the varieties in the vineyards to smaller berries, they trellised the rows with pinewood. They began aging the wine in oak barrels, which they kept clean using a sulphur solution. While we take this for granted today, in those days, they were wild ideas! By the time Alexandre de Gascq died, with his steady purchasing of Bordeaux vineyard land, Leoville was one of the biggest vineyards in Bordeaux at more than 300 hecacres!

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    Following the French Revolution, a portion of the gigantic Leoville estate was sold. Those vineyards became Leoville Barton. The property was further divided in two in 1840. Pierre Jean de Lascases, the oldest son received a share, which became Chateau Leoville Las Cases. At this point in time, now we have the birth of all three Leoville estates: Chateau Leoville Las Cases, Chateau Leoville Barton and Chateau Leoville Poyferre. Although the of wines of Poyferre were sold under the name of Baron de Poyferre at the time.

    While the vineyards of business operations of both Left Bank chateaux, Leoville Las Cases and Leoville Poyferre were separated, the buildings remained connected, just as they are today. In fact, the parking lot for both chateau is a common area. You park in either one, to visit the other. This is a unique arrangement in Bordeaux, making it very easy to at both chateaux one after the other!

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    Chateau Leoville Las Cases became the property of the Delon family, the current owners at the end of the 19th century, Thoophile Skawinksi purchased the estate. At the time, Skawinksi was the managing director of Chateau Leoville Cases. Skawniski was succeeded by his heirs through marriage. Skawinski passed his shares to Andre Delon. The Delon family, headed by Jean Hubert Delon and his sister, Geneviève d’Alton still own and manage Chateau Leoville Las Cases today. The Delon family also own Chateau Nenin in Pomerol as well as Chateau Potensac located in the Medoc appellation.

    Leoville Las Cases earns credit for creating one of the first official, “second” Bordeaux wines with Clos du Marquis. Clos du Marquis made its debut in 1902. While many consumers refer to Clos du Marquis as the second wine of Leoville las Cases, it is not correct to think of it in those terms. It’s important to note that the owner of Leoville Las Cases does not consider Clos du Marquis a second wine. The reason is, the fruit source comes from different vines and terroir than what is used to produce Chateau Leoville Las Cases. Because Clos du Marquis comes from the same parcels every vintage, the chateau prefers to think of Clos du Marquis as its own, unique Bordeaux wine.

    Starting with the 2007 vintage, the Delon’s began producing a true second wine, Petit Lion du Marquis de Las Cases. The source of the fruit comes from grapes from the young vines of the Leoville Las Cases vineyards. However, both terroirs and all three wines are produced by the same team and receive similar treatment in the St Julien vineyards and cellar.

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    Leoville Las Cases, even though it does not have the size it did in its youth is still a large Bordeaux vineyard. The heart of their St. Julien vineyard is known as the Grand Clos. That parcel is situated in the north of St. Julien, bordering Pauillac. In fact, it is located next door to Chateau Latour on the north side. The 97 hectare vineyards of Leoville Las Cases are on mostly gravel with clay based terroir. They are planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. The Leoville Las Cases vineyard underwent major replanting during the 1950′s after the frost. Today the vines average more than 30 years of age.

    At Leoville Las Cases, the wine making remains traditional. Grapes are harvested by hand and fermented in temperature controlled wood, concrete, or stainless steel vats of varying size. The stainless steel tanks range from 40 hectoliters all the way up to 216 hectoliters. The oak vats also range in size from 176 hectoliters up to 270 hectoliters per vat. The oak vats also range in age, with the oldest vats dating back close to 50 years! Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. The wine of Chateau Leoville Las Cases is aged in various percentages of new, French oak. The exact percentage of new oak barrels used varies from year to year, depending on the style and character of the vintage. However, most recent vintages of Chateau Leoville Las Cases are aged in about 80% new, French oak barrels for an average of 20 months.

    Starting in 1987, Leoville Las Cases began employing a state of the art, reverse osmosis machine to help extract excess water from the grape must. This technique is considered controversial by some people. However today, that technology is used by many of the top Bordeaux Chateaux. People questioning the technologies effect of wine need only to taste 1990, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2009, 2010 and other top years. Those are all great vintages for Leoville Las Cases. Each of those vintages are also better than previous famous years like 1982. According to Jean Hubert Delon, reverse osmosis is only used in select vintages.

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    Leoville Las Cases produces a structured style of Bordeaux wine. In the top vintages, buyers should be aware that Leoville Las Cases takes 15 to 20 or more years to develop and shed its tannic structure in the best vintages. At that point in time, Leoville Las Cases will display cedar, cassis, dark berries, truffle and tobacco notes in a style that often resembles a First Growth Pauillac. Yet, it is uniquely Chateau Leoville Las Cases.

    Leoville Las Cases produces on average, 18,000 cases of wine per year. The estate produces two more wines. Clos du Marquis and what Jean Hubert Delon refers to as the second wine of Chateau Leoville Las Cases, Petit Lion du Marquis de Las Cases.

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    Wine Tasting Notes

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    1. 2012 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc, that was harvested from October 4 to October 18, produced a wine with deep color that reached 13.47% alcohol and will be aged in 80% new French oak. With a perfume that wants to get noticed due to its jammy blackberry, cassis, licorice, forest floor, tobacco and vanilla notes that get better with each swirl. On the palate, the wine is big, polished, intense and powerful, yet there is a refined side to the tannins. Made to age, this should develop well. 93-95 Pts

        94 points - Tasted
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    2. 2012 Le Petit Lion de Marquis de Las Cases

      1. The true second wine of Leoville Las Cases reached 13.53% alcohol with a pH of 3.59. From a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, the wine requires effort to find the cassis and black berry jam notes. Medium-bodied, fresh, and spicy, there is a hint of dryness in the cassis-filled finish. 87-89 Pts

        87 points - Tasted
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    3. 2012 Clos du Marquis

      1. With a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon at 92%, the rest of the blend comes from 6% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Aged in 40% new French oak, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol. Roasted black raspberries, cedar, spice and cassis notes lead to a rich, refined mouthful of sweet blackberry and cocoa, ripe tannins and a fresh finish. 89-90 Pts

        89 points - Tasted
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    4. 2011 Le Petit Lion de Marquis de Las Cases

      1. Ruby in color, with scents of gravel, earth, spice and tobacco, the medium-bodied wine is fresh, clean and filled with spicy crème de cassis. 88-90 Pts

        88 points - Tasted
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    5. 2011 Clos du Marquis

      1. produced from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc. From low yields of 27 hectoliters per hectare, the wine reached 13.6% alcohol and will be aged in 40% new oak. Ruby in color, black raspberry, floral, coffee bean and dark cherry scents are found on the nose. Sweet, ripe, fresh, juicy cassis rounds out the finish. This is quite charming. 90-91 Pts

        90 points - Tasted
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    6. 2011 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. From 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.4% alcohol and will be aged in 80% new oak. The pH is 3.63. Inky in color, this is one of the darkest, most concentrated wines of the vintage. Espresso bean, black cherry, truffle, gravel, cedar wood, tobacco and cassis are found in the perfume. Powerful and rich with ample tannins, acidity and structure, this classic wine ends with a long, fresh cassis and ripe blackberry finish. Like all the best vintages of Leoville Las Cases, this needs a lot of time in the cellar before consumption. 93-95 Pts

        93 points - Tasted
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    7. 2010 Clos du Marquis

      1. Deep forest aromas, kirsch and blackberry scents open to a medium/full bodied with charm, elegance, balance and a long fruit filled finish. As this still sells for a fair price, it’s well worth finding some and laying it down.

        92 points - Tasted
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      2. Clos du Marquis was produced from 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc. Interestingly, this wine represents the same portion of the harvest as Leoville Las Cases, 36.7%. Chewy, boysenberry and cassis flavors couple with powerful but tannins and a strong, fresh, cassis filled finish. 90-92 Pts

        91 points - Tasted
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    8. 2010 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. Closing down, this is going to need extensive cellaring to display its ample character. This wine is concentrated and filled with layers of perfectly ripe, berries. The tannins are polished, the acidity keeps it fresh, the texture is refined, the fruit is regal.

        98 points - Tasted
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      2. With a good depth of color, the wine pops with earth, tobacco, blackberries, smoke, cocoa, cigar box, coffee and cedar chest aromas. On the palate, the wine is powerful, rich and concentrated, yet, balanced and harmonious, long and deep. The tannins are ripe, leaving you with a fresh, fruit filled finish that remains for at least 50 seconds. However, patience is going to be required as Leoville Las Cases is one of the longest lived wines in all of Bordeaux and this tannic vintage will demand quite a bit of cellar time before it really comes around.

        98 points - Tasted
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      3. Leoville Las Cases A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc represents 36.7% of the harvest. The wine reached 13.7% alcohol, which is l0wer than the 13.8% level recorded in 2009. Opaque purple in color, this big, concentrated, thick wine is stuffed with ripe cassis and fresh blackberries. Powerful, tannic, ripe, fresh and dense, this masculine wine requires serious cellar time to become civilized. 95-96 Pts

        95 points - Tasted
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    9. 2010 Le Petit Lion de Marquis de Las Cases

      1. Forest floor, leaves, cedar, cassis and fresh cherry notes work well with the polished sweet, mélange of cherries and wild strawberry that washes over your palate. You can drink this now, or give it a few years of age. This is an outstanding value Bordeaux wine.

        90 points - Tasted
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      2. Le Petit Lion de Marquis de Las Cases - The official second wine of Chateau Leoville Las Cases offers sweet cassis and blackberry with bitter chocolate, medium/full body and juicy cabernet in the finish. 88-90 Pts

        90 points - Tasted
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    10. 2009 Clos du Marquis

      1. Gravel, forest floor and blackberry scents lead to a rich, soft, round, fresh, cassis and black cherry filled wine. From a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, which reached 13.8% alcohol, this will give a lot of more expensive classified Bordeaux wines a run for the money in blind tastings.

        92 points - Tasted
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    11. 2009 Le Petit Lion de Marquis de Las Cases

      1. Opening with an earthy, cassis and forest filled perfume, this forward, round textured wine is filled with ripe, crunchy cassis and cherries. The wine was produced from an assemblage of 71% Merlot and 29% Cabernet Sauvignon which reached 13.8% alcohol. This is the true second wine of Leoville Las Cases. Drink this young, or over the next 10-12 years. It's a true Bordeaux value wine.

        90 points - Tasted
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    12. 2009 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. Very deep ruby color with cigar box, tobacco, truffle, espresso bean, crème de cassis, spice box and smoke in the nose. This massive, powerful, concentrated, St. Julien wine is filled with fresh ripe, juicy berries, polished, ripe tannins, dark chocolate and blackberries. The finish is long, clean, fresh and pure. Built to age, while this will drink at an earlier age than most vintages of Leoville Las Cases, it will not be as much fun as many 2009 Bordeaux wines to taste young.

        98 points - Tasted
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      2. 2009 Leoville Las Cases, from a blend of 76% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot, and 9% cabernet franc at 13.8 ABV, is deep ruby with purple accents. The alcohol gives no sensation of heat. Scents of boysenberry, tobacco, minerals, earth, cedar, and blackberry jam pop up from the glass. This concentrated wine is the essence of purity. The wine is round, without a single hard edge. The intense finish includes chocolate, boysenberry, blackberry, and blue fruit flavors, which remain on your palate for over a minute. 2009 was the first vintage using the Optical Sorting Machine. Delon said reverse osmosis not utilized every year, but only in select vintages. 97/99 Pts

        98 points - Tasted
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    13. 2008 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. 08 Château Leoville Las Cases is produced from 78% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot, and 12% cabernet franc. The wine has 13.4% alcohol content and sees 65% new oak. Almost opaque, it offers your nose a big blast of spicy cassis, toasty oak, and freshly picked berries. Full bodied, concentrated, and structured to age, this powerful wine grows in the mouth with its multiple levels of flavors, ending with a bounty of ripe black fruit and chocolate. 93-96 Pts

        95 points - Tasted
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    14. 2008 Clos du Marquis

      1. 08 Clos du Marquis is 55% cabernet sauvignon, 41% merlot, 3% cabernet franc, and a dollop of petit verdot. It sees 25% new oak. Its nose is of smoky black fruit and spice. The wine finishes with soft, dark berry flavors. 90-92 Pts

        90 points - Tasted
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    15. 2006 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. The blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Merlot and the rest made from Cabernet Franc creates a deep colored wine. With extended coaxing, cedar, lead pencil, cassis, tobacco and forest floor aromas come alive. Powerful, tannic, concentrated and backwards, this lassic and classy Bordeaux demands another decade or longer before it's civilized. This is best purchased or cellared by very patient Leoville Las Cases fans.

        95 points - Tasted
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    16. 2005 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. At close to 8 years of age, this looks and feels like an infant. And for Leoville Las Cases it is. Tobacco, cassis, forest floor, blackberry, coffee and earthy aromas open to a powerful, full bodied, tannic wine with polished tannins and a long, sweet, fresh, mouth filling finish with a beautiful, purity of fruit essence. Give it at least a decade before popping a bottle. I would think the score should improve with time. Experienced tasters know, Leoville Las Cases demands more time than most wines to come around.

        96 points - Tasted
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    17. 2005 Clos du Marquis

      1. Dark in color, tobacco, truffle, blackberry, cassis, oak and black cherry scents lead to a full bodied, concentrated wine that in any blind tasting would crush several famous Classified Bordeaux wines. Powerful, rich and intense, this round textured wine fills your mouth with layers if sweet, ripe, juicy, Cabernet Sauvignon. Give it a few more years (as it's still tight at the moment) and start drinking it in 2015 and over the 10-15 years.

        92 points - Tasted
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    18. 2004 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. Classic is good sense, with its structure, tannin and wealth of dark fruit, earth, stone, cedar and cassis. Powerful, fresh and backward, at least 5 more years should add more complexity and soften the wine's texture.

        92 points - Tasted
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    19. 2003 Clos du Marquis

      1. Earth, cigar box, roasted berries, fennel, smoke and mushroom scents create the perfume. The wine is developed and does not require additional aging. Medium/full bodied and polished in texture, the wine ends with sweet cherries.

        90 points - Tasted
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    20. 2003 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. Ruby in color with lightening at the edges, a mature nose of smoke, truffle, herbs and roasted blackberries open to a rapidly developing vintage of Leoville Las Cases. There is a roasted, herb quality to the dark, red fruits. Coupled with soft, opulent textures displaying the patina of age, you end up with an enjoyable to drink today, and over the next 5-10 years. However, this is not a wine to lay down for decades.

        93 points - Tasted
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      2. Slightly disappointing, there was a rusticity in the tannins that left a dry sensation. The aromatics were enticing with their rich, licorice, cassis, tobacco and earthy profile. Perhaps it's just the stage of development the wine is going through. Another 5 years might help. But I have my doubts. Served blind, I guessed 2000 Left Bank Bordeaux of a much lower Growth level. I was surprised to find this was 2003 Leoville Las Cases.

        91 points - Tasted
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      3. From one of the lowest yields ever recorded at Leoville Las Cases, 21.2 hectoliters per hectare, this assemblage of 70.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17.2% Merlot, and 12.6% Cabernet Franc produced a St. Julien wine with a complex perfume filled with fresh roasted coffee beans, creme de cassis, black cherries, minerals, spice, floral, cigar box and earthy scents. Fleshy, round and rich, but lacking the power and concentration found in the best vintages. This wine offers a lot of charm, ending with a plush, ripe, black raspberry, spice and mocha finsh.

        93 points - Tasted
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    21. 2002 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. From a blend of 66.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Merlot, 13.9% Cabernet Franc and 4.5 Petit Verdot, this still youthful, tannic wine is full bodied, concentrated and powerful. Lots of black fruits, earth, forest floor and tobacco here, with a long, deep, fruit filled finish. Give it a few more years.

        93 points - Tasted
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    22. 2001 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. From an assemblage of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19.5% Merlot and 9.5 Cabernet Franc, this classic St. Julien wine is already approachable. Fresh earth, black cherry, cassis, smoke, stone, tobacco leaf and lead pencil scents produce a complex perfume. Soft in texture, but not showing the levels of concentration found in more exalted vintages, at ten years of age, the wine is starting to offer pleasure. Give it 3-4 more years and it should deliver additional complexity.

        94 points - Tasted
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    23. 2000 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. This could be one of the few great vintages of Leoville Las Cases that drinks well young. It's already starting to offer up blackberry, cassis, earth and tobacco notes. The wine is deep, complex, classy and classic. Tasted blind, it showed great. With a few more years, it will be even better!

        96 points - Tasted
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      2. Cedar wood, gravel, cassis, licorice, cocoa, tobacco, blackberry and smoke aromatics lead to a big, dense, masculine, powerful, tannic, pure expression of Cabernet Sauvignon. Still tight, tannic and compacted, it demands at least another decade of sleep.

        96 points - Tasted
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      3. This kicks into high gear with a perfume of truffle, smoke, tobacco, cassis, spice and blackberry. This very concentrated, dense, full bodied wine is still tannic and demands another 10-15 years before opening up.

        95 points - Tasted
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    24. 1999 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. One of the few vintages of Leoville Las Cases that drinks well young, this medium bodied, bright, cranberry, cassis, earth and tobacco scented wine is on the lean, tannic side of the style range.

        90 points - Tasted
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    25. 1998 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. Bright, cranberry and cassis fruits are in abundance. There is a tart quality to the fruit that is exacerbated by a touch of green flavors. The tannins are noticeable. The wine is beefy, fresh and masculine in nature. Clearly, there is a lot of raw material in this wine. But it's not charming and lacks elegance. Perhaps time will be generous with this wine. It cannot hurt. But I would not bet the ranch on it. Fans of what’s considered traditional, old school, tannic Bordeaux wine will like this a lot more than I did.

        89 points - Tasted
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    26. 1996 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. Severe, tannic, stoic, masculine, deep, concentated, backward and young, this bottle was tight, even after 3 hours of decanting. Other bottles have given up more of their charms. Clearly, this is a great wine. It has the structure, fruit, balance and depth needed to age and develop. However, it also needs time, perhaps 10-15 more years.

        95 points - Tasted
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      2. Served blind, clearly this was a great Bordeaux from the Medoc. On the nose, tobacco, earth, cassis, wood and forest floor, on the palate, the wine was full bodied, concentrated and refined. However, this bottle was more advanced than other recently tasted examples. It was more open, less tannic and showed slightly more red fruits and signs of maturity than it should have. That being said, 1996 is one of the top vintages of Leoville Las Cases. It's a better wine than the much more expensive 1982.

        96 points - Tasted
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      3. This massive Leoville Las Cases was so powerful, tannic, structured, and young, served double blind, I was sure it was a 2005 Pauillac. Packed with layers of fruit, there is so much tannin, it was not much fun to drink, even after the wine had been decanted for several hours. This is a stunning wine, but it demands at least 10-15 more years before it comes together and softens.

        95 points - Tasted
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      4. Served double blind, my first introduction to the wine was the strong perfume that was filled with crushed stone, tobacco, cassis, smoke, earth and blackberry. Powerful, intense, full bodied, tannic and deep, this Bordeaux wine combined concentration and finesse for a wine of First Growth quality. While the wine had ample stuffing and structure to age for generations, the tannins were so ripe and round, this was already approachable. Classy and stylish, with a long, pure, cassis filled finish, this is now my favorite vintage of Leoville Las Cases.

        97 points - Tasted
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    27. 1995 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. More open and softer in texture than expected, the wine offered scents of sweet, ripe black fruit, cassis, cigar tobacco, earth, stone, black raspberry and spice aromatics. Combining power with grace, round tannins, and ripe fruit, while still young, this Bordeaux wine will be approachable early for a young vintage of Leoville Las Cases.

        96 points - Tasted
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    28. 1990 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. This is a perplexing wine. Some bottles are tight, holding its obvious charms in reserve. Other bottles are starting to open, becoming expressive. This particular bottle needed more time. Smoke, tobacco, cigar box, grave, cedar chest and cassis scents led to a full bodied, powerful, tannic wine that clearly has more to offer as it develops.

        95 points - Tasted
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      2. Decanted for 90 minutes, the wine offered scents of tobacco, cassis, truffle, black cherry, smoke, menthol, stone and leather. Full bodied and concentrated with ripe, pure, refined, Cabernet Sauvignon, this is really starting to open up. The long, pure, velvet in an iron glove finish leaves a lasting impression. Most of the tannin has melted away. While the wine should continue to improve, there is no reason to delay popping a bottle if you have more than a few in your cellar. I've tasted this wine a lot over the years. Some bottles have displayed a longer, deeper finish. This was a good, but probably not a perfect bottle. Such is life. I'm looking forward to the next one.

        96 points - Tasted
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      3. 1990 Leoville Las Cases makes itself known with aromatics of Asian spice, earth, fresh blackberry, caramel, cigar box, tobacco and cassis. This powerful, full bodied, rich, intense wine is polished, sophisticated and intense. It fills your mouth with strong, ripe tannins and round textures. The long, pure, concentrated finish could be mistaken for a top First Growth from a great year. Still young, this can be enjoyed today, but it’s only going to get better with time. This is probably my favorite vintage of Leovlle Las Cases at the moment.

        97 points - Tasted
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      4. With its olive, cassis, cedar and black fruit nose, smells young. The fruit is polished, ripe and pure. There is good intensity and purity to the flavor and the finish is polished

        96 points - Tasted
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      5. Smoky cassis, cigar ash, truffles, soil, licorice and a mélange of spice are all easy to find. Powerful, yet not demanding, this intense, regal, Cabernet wine is still tannin. But the ripeness of the tannins offers great textures. This structured, full-bodied wine ends with a juicy mouthful of ripe, dark berries, cassis, fennel and earthy flavors. Still young, this has 20-30 more years of life to enjoy.

        97 points - Tasted
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      6. We're talking fabulous aromas of Cuban tobacco interspersed with cassis, chocolate, Allspice and coffee in this Bordeaux. This wine is huge. Stunningly concentrated. Meaty but refined. Powerful, muscular and flawlessly sophisticated. Still tannic, but the tannins are very elegant. This is First Growth in quality! Still young, well stored bottles will easily last for 50 years!

        97 points - Tasted
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      7. Huge, massive wine features complex aromas of cassis, wet earth and black fruit. Huge, dense, plush mouth feel makes a seemingly endless finish. Perfect balance. This remains amazingly youthful.

        96 points - Tasted
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    29. 1989 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. 1989 Leoville Las Cases offers tobacco, truffle, spice, red and black fruits and forest floor notes. Full bodied, and filled with cassis, the wine does not fully come together. The traditional finish ends with cassis and a slight hint of tart cherry. This will not improve.

        91 points - Tasted
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      2. This offers a complex nose of tobacco, truffle, spicy cassis, and cedar. Full bodied and mouth filling, this well balanced wine ends with spice filled blackberry and black cherry fruit and hints of chocolate.

        92 points - Tasted
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    30. 1986 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. With a blood red,ruby color, the wine looks regal, sitting in the glass. After two hours in the decanter, scents of sweet cassis, tobacco, smoke, caramel, wet earth, cherries and cedar chest emerge. Still tannic, the wine is regal, powerful, structured and masculine. There is a beautiful sense of purity and harmony to the cassis laden finish. After 5 hours, the wine softened and became more pleasurable and interesting to drink. Although, it retained a bit of firmness to its personality. This is one of the few wines that transcend the vintage. To get the most from this wine, if you have the patience, I'd give it more bottle age. It should start singing between 2016 and 2020. I said you'd need more patience! Imagine how original, futures purchasers feel...

        96 points - Tasted
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      2. The 86 could be my favorite Las Cases to drink today and that is with some tough competition with the 85, and 90!. At least this bottle was. Filled with cedar, cassis, earth and dark berries, this full bodied, concentrated wine fills palate with ripe fruit. Still tannic, but with round tannins that feel good, this wine will age better than most people reading this note.

        97 points - Tasted
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    31. 1985 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. Leoville Las Cases that is still young at close to 30 years of age is not all that surprising. But this is from an early drinking vintage! With an hour of air, the wine started singing its song of tobacco, cigar box, cassis and truffle. Concentrated, fresh and long, this traditional wine has another two decades of life, or more. This is the longest lived wine of the vintage.

        95 points - Tasted
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      2. This is the best example of this famed chateau for current drinking. Filled with ripe cassis,tobacco, earth and spicy aromatics, coupled with concentration of frui and elegant tannins, this shows great today. With ample tannin and structure to age, this will only get better. The long, powerful, cassis filled finish lasts close to 40 seconds.

        95 points - Tasted
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      3. Earth, truffle, spice, stone, cassis, black cherry, tobacco, mineral, smoke and blackberry scents pop the moment the wine hits your glass. Full bodied and concentrated, the wine combines power with elegance, which is a difficult combination to find. The wine finishes with a long, cassis, spice, smoke and dark cherry sensation. This is probably at, or close to full maturity. There is no reason to hold this Bordeaux wine any longer.

        95 points - Tasted
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    32. 1982 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. 1982 Leoville Las Cases does not resemble a 30 year old Bordeaux wine in the color, bouquet or maturity level. It’s also probably the least consistent wine of the vintage. In the worst cases, the wine remains stubbornly tannic and displays a slight austere character. The best examples offer aromatics packed with earth, cassis, tobacco, cedar and cigar ash. Fortunately, this bottle was one of the better examples! Big, powerful and full bodied, the wine is packed with layers of ripe, earthy blackberries and cassis. Depending on the provenance, this wine has the structure and stuffing to continue to age and develop.

        96 points - Tasted
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      2. Tobacco, smoke, cedar, cassis, earth and barnyard aromas signified a wine that should taste more developed than it is. At 30 years of age, 1982 Leoville Las Cases demands several more years for the tannins to become resolved and for the wine to fully open. The structure and raw materials are there, along with ripe fruit, the only thing missing is more patience. I'm willing to give it another 5 more years.

        95 points - Tasted
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      3. Dark ruby in color, potent tobacco, forest floor, 5 spice, cassis, smoke and truffle scents open to a full bodied, concentrated, tannic wine that at close to 30 years of age is starting to open up. The wine ends with a long, powerful cassis and blackberry filled finish. Give it another 5 years to develop.

        97 points - Tasted
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      4. 1982 Leoville Las Cases needs coaxing to bring out the earthy, cassis, spice, truffle and forest floor aromatics. This full bodied, stern wine demands at least another decade to hit maturity. Masculine and brawny in style, this old school Bordeaux wine ends with sensations of cassis, cranberry and strawberry. 94 Pts

        94 points - Tasted
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      5. 1982 Leoville Las Cases is all about the aromatics. Underbrush, truffle, forest floor, tobacco, charcoal and cassis. Tannic and powerful, but lacking the finesse and grace, as well as the level of ripeness in the tannins that the 1990 shows. The wine ends in a long, black cherry, spice and cassis filled finish. 95 Pts

        95 points - Tasted
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      6. This wine continues to baffle me with its stubborn refusal to open up and Bob's 100 Pt score. Black fruit, cedar, earth, truffle and oak make up the perfume. There is a lot of concentration in this full bodied wine. But everything does not come fully together.

        95 points - Tasted
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      7. Deep, dark, dense but with an austere side. This is a serious wine with a lot of complexity, but, it could use a bit more charm. With additional bottle age, this will improve.

        95 points - Tasted
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      8. Concentrated with cassis accented, black fruit, truffles, tobacco and earth, this huge wine has a lot to like about it. But it's still young and requires another decade or more before sharing all its charms.

        95 points - Tasted
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      9. Sporting dark, purple color and a perfume of cassis, black fruit, coffee and plums. Amazing mouth presence! Thick, dense and extremely concentrated with all the right stuff. The flavors attack every nook and cranny of your palate.

        97 points - Tasted
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      10. Cassis, ripe black fruit, anise, smoke and forest aromatics could be found with swirling. Still young, primary and tight. This is aging very slowly. Full bodied, concentrated and tannic, this wine should flesh out and come together someday.

        97 points - Tasted
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      11. Very dark purple color. Aromatics include cassis, licorice, black fruits and spices. This wine is very dense and concentrated. But will it ever mature? The 82 Las Cases demands at least another decade in the bottle.

        96 points - Tasted
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    33. 1975 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. This reminded me why I do not own much 75 Bordeaux. Charmless, austere and lean

        80 points - Tasted
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    34. 1966 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. Very light in color, this was all about the nose. Smoke, tobacco, gravel, spice, earth, cigar and ash. This was not as good as the bottle. I'd avoid buying this in the marketplace for too much money and will drink up my remaining bottles over the next year or two.

        83 points - Tasted
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      2. Ruby with amber in the color, the wine looked even older than its 45 years of age. The nose offered tobacco, earth, forest floor, smoke, cigar box, coffee and hints of cherries. Soft, light and without much backbone, this luncheon styled Claret ended with end a light, cassis and cherry note. This was a fine aged Bordeaux, without fault. It was the perfect lunch wine. This was a correct bottle. It came from the cellars of the original buyer who purchased it on release. This was popped and poured. It did not degrade in the glass for the the first hour, but it never improved. If you have a bottle, do not decant, there is not enough stuffing to handle the air.

        85 points - Tasted
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    35. 1961 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. Slightly rustic with cassis, cherry notes, ash and truffle scents, the short finish displayed some tart red flavors. Better on the nost than palate, this was nothing I'd want to buy, but I was happy to taste it.

        88 points - Tasted
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      2. With a brick like color and a beautiful, complex, earthy, spice filled aromatic profile made a nice opening gambit. On the palate the wine displayed a medium body of cherry fruit. Fully mature, this wine will probably drop fruit as it continues to age.

        90 points - Tasted
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    36. 1957 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. Murky tea colored, with little discernable fruit, this bright wine offered orange, spice, smoke and red fruits. This requires drinking.

        75 points - Tasted
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      2. Light ruby in color, the wines profile was high in acid, giving the cassis, spice, truffle and cranberry scented wine lift. Medium bodied and not complex, it was interesting drinking this at 50 years of age.

        84 points - Tasted
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    37. 1949 Château Léoville Las Cases

      1. When mature Bordeaux gets old, it exchanges most of its fruit for secondary aromas with truffle, forest floor, earth, cigar smoke, cedar chest and often leaves just a hint of red cherries. That is exactly what happened to this, older wine. Medium bodied and marked by high acidity, well stored bottles could last, but it is not going to improve.

        85 points - Tasted
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