Medium ruby, showing a bit of age in the color. Expressive nose of wet forest floor, damp earth, dark fruit. On the palate this is bone dry as often with this house. The complexity of aromas are good but this needs more fruit to score higher, even for a Bordeaux traditionalist like me. I clearly prefer the Leoville Poyferre in this vintage.
From 750: My wine group, The Red Pigs of Ithaca NY, Blind vertical tasting of LLC. The youngest wine of nine and made very much in the New World/ International style. New oak dominates the flavor profile. I have committed infanticide with LLC in years before, drinking the wine well before it's time, but I can't remember this much new oak. Perhaps this is what the consumer wants these days, but this wine will never taste like the 1978 LLC in 30nyears.
Decanted for several hours. Still tannic. Dense. Cedar. Barnyard. I can't believe how much more body and structure this has compared to the other 2007s I've been guzzling. This is the only one I would keep in the cellar for a while. It is great but should improve a bit.
Smells like Kerastase "Bain de Force" shampoo crossed with rotting eucalyptus. Upon first opening, tastes like coco milk. With a short decant, lush red cherries, anise, unripe green cardamon, fennel, liquorice and waxy leaves come out to play. Tannins are like vetiver, with a somewhat soapy finish. Drink starting now.
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(Château Léoville-Las-Cases (St Julien)) A very impressive nose here, with dense fruit apparent, but it remains very expressive despite this weight and concentration. The fruit has a lightly exotic style to it, dark and concentrated but bright and very well defined. The palate has a very appealing texture, with a glossy weight to it, blended very harmoniously with a supple tannic backbone and a fresh acidity. This has a wonderfully earthy seam, savoury and fresh as well as dense. The finish is dry, leading into a long grip with a lightly chewy feel to it. Another very impressive wine for a difficult vintage.
(Chateau Léoville-Las-Cases St Julien) Cabernet dominates, with 58% Sauvignon and 5% Franc, then 35% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Dark and attractive fruit here, rather floral aromas, with impressive dark fruit sweetness. Appealing, without showing overt or overpowering oak at this stage. Impressive palate, some flesh and sweet fruit, a good balance, and a nice texture over the tannins. Ripe, pervasive, but nicely poised. Good harmony. This has very good potential indeed.
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