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.
Dinner at Racquet Club. Decanted and drank over 3 hours. Wonderful wine. Incredibly rich and concentrated with loads of dark fruit, cassis, chocolate and coffee. I was surprised at how rich yet approachable this was. Wonderful purity and a great texture. I could drink this all night but I know I should wait. Long finish.
HDH auction tasting at Tru; 5/17/2013-5/18/2013 (Chicago, IL): It looks like a purple ink beast -- stains the sides of the glass in which it was served. Very powerful aromas of ripe dark fruit and vanilla cream. The palate is an absolute monster as well: massive tannins, fruit, concentration, the whole deal. Awesome right now if you want a Fight Club like experience. Otherwise, this has to sit for a very, very long time... I've no doubt this will improve over time, but drinking this now is very much less than pleasurable.
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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(Chateau Léoville-Las-Cases (St Julien)) The harvest ran from September 28th to October 13th, with an overall yield of 36.7 hl/ha. The blend is Cabernet Sauvignon 82%, Merlot 10% and Cabernet Franc 8%, the alcohol 13.7%, pH 3.56 and IPT 74. It will see 75% new oak during the élevage. Rather subtle fruit expression here but it can be found. It has a dusty-damson character, dark and concentrated but not as expressive as some other grands vins. It has a lovely texture on the palate though, broad and with good flesh, but with well defined edges and showing a very nice character for that. Exotic dark fruits like that found on the nose, and a pretty good vigour coming from those tannins which are ripe, deep and velvety, as well as the acidity. A beautiful composition, and in the finish a real flourish of all components, the fruit, tannin and acidity just bursting into life here. Beautiful dense tannins at this wine's core, but it remains balanced and composed. Right now it is remarkably tightly withdrawn, but there is a deliciously long life ahead for this wine.
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