2003 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Wine Tasting Note


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Showing no signs of heat or overripeness, the wine offers a spicy dark berry, cigar wrapper, wet earth, forest leaf and mint-packed nose. On the palate the wine is round, full-bodied, ripe, and fleshy, but not at all over the top or overripe. The finish remains on the sweet, but fresh fruit side with ample red and black fruits and dusty tannins in the finish. My instincts are to enjoy this now and over the next 12-15 years. The wine blends 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot qnd 13% Cabernet Franc, 13.15% ABV. Picking is one of the estates earliest harvest periods, September 11-26.

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This is really quite nice, even charming. With 30 minutes of air, blackberry, cassis, smoke, flowers and thyme were easy to find. The wine has softened, taking on a refined quality, with an easy to like, medium/full-bodied, dark red berry and earthy finish. There is no touch of heat or jam here. The effect here is the early maturing quality and soft tannins. This is one of the best values for LLC in the marketplace today.

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Here, the normally reserved, tannic, long aging wine is open. The wealth of ripe, fresh, and never hot or jammy deep fruits offers volume, length and character. Just starting to pop, you can expect even more secondary development over the next several years.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Leoville Las Cases Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Chateau Leoville Las Cases, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Leoville Las Cases is not a wine to drink on the young side. The wine is usually far too tannic, powerful and reserved during its youth. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 3-6 hours, give or take.

This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Leoville Las Cases is usually better with at least 15 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Latour offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 20-50 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Leoville Las Cases with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Leoville Las Cases is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Leoville Las Cases is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Leoville Las Cases is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.