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 Vintage1980 Label 1 of 109 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Léoville Las Cases (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationSt. Julien

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 1996 and 2003 (based on 3 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Leoville Las Cases on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.7 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 7 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by nortonnose on 6/25/2013 & rated 89 points: Fun. Obviously far past its prime, but still had a little life remaining. Smelled way too wonderful to have the palate match :) Had alongside 76 Margaux (best) and 75 Latour (flawed) at Troquet in Boston. Drink up already! (2222 views)
 Tasted by dannyk8232 on 11/15/2011 & rated 89 points: Still enjoyable, but over the hill and lacking any oomph. Either way, fun and interesting. (3468 views)
 Tasted by tmoritz1 on 2/20/2011 & rated 90 points: Past its prime. Very little acidity and initially somewhat sharp to the taste. Opened up after decanting and with time and finished very pleasantly.Deep prune and plum nose,Texture was good. Sorry I did not open it 2 years ago. (3414 views)
 Tasted by BigJPwineman on 1/9/2011 & rated 91 points: Decanted, light sediment present. Dark ruby in color with no visible bricking to my eyes. On the nose, quite muted throughout the night, but some bright red fruit with some charcoal. On the palate, quite tight at first, but after about an hour really started to sing. Cherries, Cocoa, Tobacco, some plums and/or prunes, and even a hint of Eucalyptus. Surprisingly firm tannins for this mature Bordeaux. Mid-palate took some time to develop, but did eventually show up, but probably could have used more in that realm. Acidity was a bit too low to make this a good food wine, but you'd expect that at this age. Very nice, silky texture in the mouth. All in all, a very nice old Bordeaux for an off year. A pretty wine. (3486 views)
 Tasted by Javachip on 7/25/2010 & rated 93 points: Base neck fill. Bit of mold on top of cork, extracted in two pieces. Decanted 45 minutes before serving. Clear deep dark ruby-garnet with a hint of brick. Another stellar off-year wine, tasted right after the 1976 Haut Brion. Classic bouquet of tobacco, scorched earth, cherries, red plums, stewed rhubarb, and aromatic wood. Similar on the palate. Full-bodied, rich, assertive, seamless. My drinking buddy preferred the soft, mellow Haut Brion to the firmer tannins of this wine, but I thought both wines were superb. (3743 views)
 Tasted by Goldstone on 8/4/2007 & rated 91 points: Drunk over an indulgent Saturday lunch courtesy of friends at Crown Wine Cellar in Hong Kong. Very deep red colour with only very slight bricking at the rim. Rather vulcanised rubber on the nose but on the palate it really shows itself: sweet prunes....distinct prunes on the palate, good red fruits underneath that poke through, tar, wet grass, plums. A very good balance of fruit and acidity with still sufficient tannic structure to hold it all together. Reasonabe length. Super. Definitely beat the Lafite '82 on the day despite the Lafite's more impressive length. Shows what a great winemaker can achieve in a terrible vintage...and the benefits of drinking a pristine bottle. To drink today, this was better than the '82 and the '83 which I have both tried recently (and need a lot more time to show their true colours). (2957 views)

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Château Léoville Las Cases

Producer website - Read more about Chateau Leoville Las Cases

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Bordeaux

Bordeaux Wine Guide

Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)

History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification

Médoc

Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.

St. Julien

Read more detailed information on St. Julien and its wines The seventeenth century pioneers Traces are to be found of a Saint-Julien de Rintrac, perhaps Saint-Julien's earliest name, as from the thirteenth century. But we have to wait until the seventeenth century pioneers, urban and rural aristocrats, discover the exceptional merits of these terroirs.
Traces of this system still exist today in the structure of estates within the appellation: by the side of the two villages of Beychevelle and Saint-Julien, the large estates are heavily preponderant, representing more than four fifths of the total surface of vineyards.

The terrain is practically identical over all the commune. Only the proximity of the estuary, sometimes close, sometimes further away, can cause slight variations in climate. In fact, Saint-Julien-Beychevelle's layer of gravel takes the form of a huge rectangle over 3 miles long and 2 miles wide. And the alluvial deposits are particularly well fragmented into ridges of Garonne gravel of the early Quaternary. Accordingly, the vines are safeguarded from stagnant water.

The wines from the Saint-Julien appellation may be recognized by their unparalleled bouquet, particularly harmonious and mild. They have a fine deep colour and combine the finesse of their aromas and a solid constitution. They have body, are very rich in flavour and have a delicious and delicate bouquet.

Production conditions (Decree dated November 14, 1936)
In order to have the right to the Saint-Julien appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:

- come from the commune of Saint-Julien and from precisely defined parcels in the communes of Cussac, and Saint-Laurent, "excluding the parcels situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions: grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).

 
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