Tasted blind. Has strong character of St. Julien but all people guessed it is a 80's wine. Las cases is famous of hard to open, but this bottle opened nicely after the cock pulled out an hour. Much like 1996 Gruaud Larose, with strong characters of wood and earth, but it is slightly more powerful and with perfume like aromas. Very nice.
Upon uncorking, that typical Leoville smell came floating up the bottle. Decided to decant to get more O2 inside and see what would happen. Though I took a small nip from the glass first - and wow, great wine.
I can't really pinpoint why I do like Leoville Las Cases, but its just the combination. Great nose, great flavour and the wine lingers quite long in your mouth.
This vintage is very much ready to enjoy right now or keep cellared - its up to you.
Decanted half an hour in advance. A deep colour; blackcurrant and spice on the nose. The palate is quite dense and rich, with some slightly dusty tannin on the finish, which is long. This is attractive drinking now, but should keep well.
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(Château Léoville-Las-Cases (St Julien)) Really deeply pigmented, dark but certainly not opaque. For the first four to five hours, this wine remained aromatically reticent. It held on to any nuances of perfume, of fruit, but when it finally relaxed it revealed reassuring multilayered seams of dark, sweet and dusty fruit, with smoky damson and plum skins. Dark, sooty but sweet, rich and concentrated, it remains primary but very appealingly so. In truth, I find it a little haunting and enticingly imperceptible, its depths difficult to fathom. It reveals much, but it also suggests there is much more complexity to come here. Despite opening up to reveal a sweet and exuberant character, the palate remains medium-bodied from the start, gently concentrated and full of substance. This is just delicious, sweet and yet with a savoury weight to it, so there is no super-ripe modernity here. In fact, towards the finish, it starts to reveal a more severe tannic backbone, but at no time is this fully laid bare, and so it remains beautifully balanced despite its youthful style. This is just super - but it needs time.
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