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Château Léoville Las Cases

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2018 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 99

With all its fresh fruits and leafy notes, this wine reminds me of walking into a forest after a massive rain fall. Add to that a bushel of ripe fruit, tobacco and a smoky campfire and you get the idea. The wine is powerful, dense, full-bodied and intensely concentrated. The fruit has so much lift, it's hard to believe this is over 14% in alcohol! Mouth-filling, fresh and spicy, the peppery Cabernet Sauvignon melds strength with vigor, purity and length and the wine settles in for a finish of over 50 seconds. The tasting I cannot wait to experience in a few years pairs the 2018 with the 2016 in blind conditions! The wine was made from a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14.49% alcohol with a pH of 3.65. The harvest took place from September 18 to October 10. 98-100 Pts

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2017 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 96

It is not often you can use the word fruity to describe Leoville Las Cases but it is certainly fitting for 2017. Yes, the wine is fruity! And in addition you’ll find complexities of licorice, cigar box and lead pencil with tannins so refined it’s almost precocious. The fruit is airy and bright with a sweetness that carries through from start to finish. This is the perfect vintage to enjoy while waiting for the bigger, more tannic vintages to come around. The wine was made from a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot, reaching 13.28% alcohol with a pH of 3.72. The harvest took place from September 15 to October 4 and the wine was made from 60% of the harvest. It is not often you can use the word fruity to describe Leoville Las Cases but it is certainly fitting for 2017. Yes, the wine is fruity! And in addition you’ll find complexities of licorice, cigar box and lead pencil with tannins so refined it’s almost precocious. The fruit is airy and bright with a sweetness that carries through from start to finish. This is the perfect vintage to enjoy while waiting for the bigger, more tannic vintages to come around. The wine was made from a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot, reaching 13.28% alcohol with a pH of 3.72. The harvest took place from September 15 to October 4 and the wine was made from 60% of the harvest.

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2016 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 100

This has really expanded since my initial barrel tasting. The nose explodes, literally! The fruit jumps from the glass, it is that concentrated. Blackberry, cassis and tobacco are all over the place. This is so concentrated, you can almost eat it with a spoon! The fruit coats your mouth. But it is the level of density and freshness, coupled with all those sweet, pure fruit sensations that let you know, this wine means business. You can actually feel the fruit expand on your palate! This is what great wine is all about. Produced from a blend 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc.

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This powerful elixir has peppery cassis, tobacco, cedar, blackberry and forest scents that cannot be avoided. Powerful, concentrated, mouth filling and very tannic, this could be a modern-day version of what the 1986 Bordeaux was supposed to be. The wine is elongated, regal and driven, stern yet refined. With this much tannin and structure, I'm sure at least 20 years in the cellar are needed before this really starts to shine. Produced from a blend 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.6% alcohol with a pH of 3.66. The harvest took place from September 30 to October 16.

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2015 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 97

Dark in color and fruit, this is powerful, concentrated, firm, elegant and really packs a punch. The deep black fruits are soft. They fill your palate with gushing fruit. Here you find a massive wall of tannin, but the tannins are so ripe and polished, you almost do not notice them. The finish is long, lingering and expansive. Give this at least a decade or more before popping a cork.

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Showing a good depth of color, this wine is firm yet elegant, powerful yet polished. Full-bodied and loaded with ripe fruits and a wall of tannins to match, there are multiple waves of cedar, earth, blackberries and cassis. It's hard to say when this will be ready to drink but this is a very high quality, classically built wine for patient consumers, as it's going to take 15-20 years to show its best. Produced from a blend with an unusually high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon at 85%, followed by 9% Cabernet Franc and 6% Merlot, this wine reached 13.8% alcohol with a pH of 3.70 and is now aging in 85% new, French oak barrels. The harvest took place from September 22 to October 9. 95 - 97 Pts

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2014 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 95

One of the top wines from the 2014 vintage, the color shows a deep ruby hue. Aromatically you find cassis, lead pencil and forest floor notes already. On the palate, the full bodied wine delivers round tannins, fresh red fruits and a nice bite of juicy cassis in the end note. The freshness, with a leafy component is a really nice sensation in the finish. For a good quality vintage of Leoville Las Cases, this will drink well relatively young, meaning that perhaps just a decade or slightly more will be ample time for the wine to open and offer its complexities.

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With a deep, garnet hue, this full-bodied, concentrated, powerful wine starts off with cedar, earth and cassis. The firm, polished tannins leave your palate loitering about with spice and blackberry. This powerful, structured, bright, crunchy wine has a classic, fresh style. It’s important to note that its ample tannins and classic demeanor will require over a decade—probably two— before it really begins to drink well. Produced from a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot, the wine reached 13.8% alcohol with a pH of 3.49 and is now aging in 85% new French oak barrels. 95-96 Pts

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2013 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 93

Elegant is used in a variety of ways with tasting notes in either a complimentary sense, or in a pejorative manner. With 2013 Leoville Las Cases, it's a positive trait as Leoville Las Cases is not usually a wine that can be enjoyed before it's 10th birthday. With the 2013, the fruits are ripe, present, elegant and even soft, as are the tannins. The wine is fresh, clean and correct. If you're looking for an LLC to enjoy in its youth, while waiting for the more powerful, tannic years to come around, this is the vintage.

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Using 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc and 12% Merlot, the wine was made from only 35% of the harvest, reaching a pH of 3.69 and 13.10% alcohol. Dark ruby in color with pink edges, the wine has a floral nose with forward notes of tobacco, boysenberry, mocha and forest aromas. On the palate, easy tannins accompany bright, fresh black raspberries. This is a very forward style of Leoville Las Cases, which is a wine that normally takes decades to develop. This should drink well early, perhaps with only a few years of age after release. 92-94 Pts

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2012 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 93

Tobacco, cedar wood, blackberries and fresh herbs create the nose. On the palate, the wine delivers a classic blast of fresh, concentrated, cassis, salty, mineral driven tannins and a chewy, long, cassis filled finish. This will be better with a decade of age.

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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

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2011 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 94

Big, powerful, concentrated and enough of a serious structure to age, the wine is deep, long and clearly, one of the top wines from the Medoc.

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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

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2010 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 98

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.

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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.

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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

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2009 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 99

If you like great Cuban Cigars, the nose here has your name on it. From there, add forest floor, leaf, red fruits, spice, flowers and a waft of smoke. Full-bodied, powerful, graceful and concentrated, this is a perfect example of classic Bordeaux at its best. The wine is firm, focused, fresh, pure and mouth-filling, Light on its feet, especially when you consider the level of density found here, the fruit is what stands out the most, for its vibrancy, purity and length. If you need to see what this is about now, give it 2-3 hours of air. If you can wait, this will rock your glass in another decade or so!

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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.

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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

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2008 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 95

Already showing secondary nuances of olives, herbs, truffle, cedar chest, lead pencil and barbecue smoke make the nose. The wine is full bodied, firm, tannic, classically styled and still youthful. Another 5-10 years will bring the wine more softness and development.

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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

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2007 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 91

The blackberries are ripe. There is some weight and richness, though there is a lack of complexity as most of what you find is sweet blackberries. The wine is a bit short in the fruity finish, which is accompanied by a distinctive green olive, herb, and leafy streak. For such a difficult vintage, this is a very strong effort.

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Earthy in nature, it is easy to find the truffle, cigar box, tobacco, ash and wet earth, along with the juicy cassis. One of the deeper wines of the vintage, the wine ends with peppery, fresh cassis and sandy tannins. This could improve for a few years, but it is drinking quite well today. The wine was made blending 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot.

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2006 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 95

Powerful, mouth filling, tannic and concentrated, most of this wine is being held back in reserve, waiting for the day when the tannins are resolved, the secondary notes can jump to the forefront and the wine softens its muscular style. There is no denying its quality, but it's equally hard to deny its drinkability at 10 years of age. There is a good sense of purity of fruit that really stays with you behind the massive wall of creamy tannins. But its going to take at least a decade, and probably longer to breach that wall.

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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.

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2005 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 98

This is a super wine, that in time, should go up in score. But patience is needed here. Decanted 4 hours, that was not enough to tame the strict tannins. Still, it was impossible not to enjoy the perfectly ripe, regal, red and black fruits, intensity, length and concentration found here. This is was the older British writers called good breed. I get their point, even if the term is archaic. All that being said, perhaps, this will be ready between 2025-2030 for the start of its long, 100 year life.

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Deep ruby in color, with just a bit of lightening on the color, the wine is big, powerful and concentrated. Everything is balance. The ample level of tannins are ripe, the fruit is fresh. The fruit really lingers on your palate, leaving you with a finish that remains for 50 seconds or more that sings with fresh, ripe cassis and spicy blackberries. This needs at least another decade, or more in the cellar. But even now, it’s easy to see the high level of quality in the wine here.

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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.

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2004 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 93

Still showing nice depth of color, with wet earth, ocean, truffle, blackberry and campfire embers are found with only a little effort. The tannins have softened, leaving you with a classically styled, mouthful of black cherry liqueur and fennel that shifts from black fruit to red fruit and back to black again. Drink now, or age it 5-8 years for more softness and complexity. Due to the vintage, this is probably well priced in the marketplace today.

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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.

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2003 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 93

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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2002 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 93

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.

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2001 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 94

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.

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2000 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 96

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!

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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.

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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.

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1999 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 90

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.

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1998 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 89

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.

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1996 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 99

If you have 4 hours of decanting time available, this is a stunning bottle of LLC. It's rich, concentrated, mouth filling, long, intense and packed with character. The wine is powerful, yet not over overwhelming. The fruit is ripe, and tannins and polished, but firm. This finish must last close to 50 seconds. With another decade, this could easily hit 100 Pts.

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First Growth in quality is the first and most accurate descriptor that comes to mind. Power, precision, finesse, purity of fruit, coupled with a regal quality to the tannins, textures and fruit are what you'll find. Concentrated, but not the least bit heavy, this is a stunner. Perhaps the wine was decanted about 20 minutes before serving. This is just sublime! If you want to experience Leoville Las Cases at its best, this is the vintage to open today.

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God, this is off the hook! Popped and poured, which you would think is a crime against wine, I was shocked at how fabulous this was to taste. Intensity and concentration, with a depth of flavor miles long, the level of tannin is high, but the tannins are refined, ripe, and long. The wine is fresh, balanced and really coats your taste buds. You can pop a cork today and enjoy the ride, 2 hours of air is suggested. or, wait another decade. Either way, you'll enjoy this stunner. A great vintage of Leoville Las Cases that will mature in my lifetime, who would have thunk it? If y want to know what Leoville Las Cases is all about, this could be the vintage to buy.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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1995 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 96

A clear winner in this mixed vintage, the wine is concentrated, deep and fresh, with a ripe, blackberry essence. Full bodied and long, the wine is young, yet, with the ripeness in the tannins and the fruit, it's already enjoyable in your glass. In time, another 10 years or so, this will be even better!

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Not the tannic beast i was expecting. There is a nice sense of purity in the cassis core of fruit. Full bodied and concentrated, the tannins leave a refined, but dusty impression. Another 5 years will make this an even better tasting experience.

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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.

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1994 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 90

Firm, or perhaps austere is a better term for its character, there is fruit, but the wine is better on the nose, with its tobacco, earth, cedar, cassis, herbs and blackberry scents, than on the palate with its drying tannins. This is very classic in style and will appeal more to tasters convinced that Robert Parker ruined the Bordeaux of their youth. Drink now, or age it further, but you should not expect this to get better with more age.

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1990 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 98

This is what great, classic Bordeaux is all about! Perfectly balanced between regal and stern, the tannins are refined, the fruit is ripe and pure. Full-bodied, intense, concentrated and complex, every sniff and sip is interesting, making you want to delve deeper to the glass to find out what else is in there. This is just starting to unfurl. Drink it now, and over the next 20-25 years if well-stored.

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Blown away by how good this wine is showing. Bought on release and stored in my nice cold cellar, it's been a few years since popping my last cork. Decanted 3 hours, this is a stunner. Powerful, concentrated and dense, the fruit is ripe, rich and deep. The wine really hits all the right spots and coats your palate, teeth and gums with flavor. There is freshness and layers of cassis, cigar box, tobacco and cedar. The tannins are powerful, but they are round, giving you structure and backbone, energy and length. The wine kept improving for another 3 hours. This is the vintage to buy, if you want to see what LLC offers with age. It's 27 years old, and this will be better in 5, 10 or may 20 more years. But it's a treat today, and well worth the cost for a wine at this level.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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1989 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 91

Fully mature, medium bodied wine, blending classic character with elegance and austerity, the wine has a cassis, sweet and tart cherry, cedar, tobacco and hint of green in its character. The tannins are softened making the wine fun to drink, but the short finish and lack of depth stop the score from going higher.

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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.

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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.

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1988 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 91

Ready to drink, for people that enjoy a certain firmness and austerity and acidic touch to the juicy cassis, tobacco and cedar filled, Left Bank wine.

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1986 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 96

One of the wines of the vintage, the wine is ready for drinking. That being said, regardless of how long you decant the wine. there is no avoiding the stern, hard nature of the vintage. Full-bodied, concentrated and with soaring aromatics, the wine offers up a chewy, intense, rough and ready blast of ripe cassis.

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The moral of the story is... If you just wait 30 years for some wines to come around, they just might, which is exactly what happened with this beauty. Of course, in today's world, 30 years is an insane amount of time to wait for a wine. But in this case, the earthy, forest floor, tobacco, cedar chest and cassis nose puts your squarely in the Medoc. The tannins are starting to soften and the finish, with its sweet, cherries and spicy cassis is now a treat! This is good now, better in a few years and could be one of those legendary 100 year wines in the future.

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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...

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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.

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1985 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 95

One of the stars of the vintage, this is drinking perfectly today. Delivering its wealth of ripe, juicy, crisp, fresh red fruits in its stern, regal, refined, full-bodied character, 30 minutes in the decanter is all this beauty needs to start singing.

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This has really come around and is showing all its fabulous charm. Concentrated, deep, fresh and juicy, with freshness, crisp, red fruits, tobacco, cedar and tobacco leaf, the fruit in the finish shows a freshness and purity that makes you want to keep drinking it. It took a while to come around but it was worth the wait. This could be the best LLC for current drinking today.

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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.

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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 fruit 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.

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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.

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1983 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 90

Firm, austere, classic style of St. Julien here. The nose is packed with cedar, tobacco, cigar box, ash, wet, forest floor and bright red berries. Medium/full bodied, with a rusticity to the tannins that was common in that era. Still, this is fun to taste, when you're in the mood for the equivalent of an old, black and white, movie style of Bordeaux.

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1982 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 97

This wine has required a lot of patience from consumers. 36 years to be exact. However, this was worth the wait. The wine has softened, filled out and opened up. With a short decant, the cedar, tobacco and blackberry were accompanied by cigar box aromatics. Full-bodied, concentrated and complex, the wine is regal, a little bit firm and incredibly long and mouth-filling. If you have been waiting for the wine to mature, this is ready for consumption.

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One of the best showings yet for this long, aging wine. It only took 35 years to come around and begin to open. Worth the way? Maybe. It depends on how much you like sweet, fresh, pure, red fruits and cassis blended with tobacco, cedar, forest floor and earthy nuances. Full bodied, crisp, fresh and strict, but also regal in its bearings, this is a stunner.

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It took more than 30 years, but this wine continues coming around and improving. It can offer great drinking. That is, if you like a powerful, concentrated, masculine and full bodied wine with depth, tannin, crunchy, crisp cassis and an earthy, tobacco and cedar chest nose that can be summed up as a perfect example of what great, classic Bordeaux is all about.

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It took more than 30 years to come around, or should I say to start coming around, as clearly there is a lot still being held in reserve. But there is more tan enough earthy, tobacco, cedar and cassis to get your engines running. Long, regal, structured and crisp, I'm sure this will be even better when it hits 50 years of age. This is old school, classic Bordeaux at its best.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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1979 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 90

Medium-bodied, bright, crisp red fruits are at the core of the wine. On the secondary side, the tobacco, forest leaf, earth, peppery spice and herbs add color the piquant red berry notes. Frim and crisp, with a sharp cherry/cranberry, spice and tobacco note in the finish, the wine reqires drinking.

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1978 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 91

Fully mature, this excellent example of classic Bordeaux is bit on the rustic side. Still, there is more than enough to keep you busy here. The tobacco dusted, red fruit offers additional notes of cigar leaf, forest floor, pepper and green leafy scents. There is a stern side to the tannins, that with air, softens, leaving with a bite of crisp, juicy, Cabernet Sauvignon with just a hint of cranberry in the finish. There is no reason not to be pulling a cork on this wine.

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1976 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 85

Firm, strict and stoic in its character, the wine is medium bodied and shows more cedar, tobacco, smoke, earth and cigar box notes than fruit. The wine is starting to dry out. Drink up.

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1975 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 80

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

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1966 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 90

Best showing of this yet, from wines all from the same case. Rustic, yet charming in an old school way. More tobacco, green leaf, cedar chest, lead pencil, green pepper and wet earth than fruit. But there were elements of cherry able to poke through. Strict on the palate, the wine ended with earthy, red fruits and hints of green olive. Popped and poured, the wine improved in the glass, just a bit. Yes, this was how they made most Bordeaux in those days. Still, it was a nice blast from the past and it was fun to share this birth-year bottle with a friend who had just hit 50, last year.

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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.

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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.

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1961 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 88

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.

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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.

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1957 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 75

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

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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.

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1949 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 85

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.

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1926 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 85

With a strict, powerful austere, concentrated character, served double blind, I was shocked to discover this was 90 years old! It tasted decades younger! There was fruit, albeit, the berries was hidden under the tannins, rocks, stones and cigar boxes.

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