Big blind tasting of 17 big bottles. All of different Kind, style, Region and vintage. Together with mouton 1996 in One flight. For me closed at this stage, just few fruits as typical cassis notes. Some leather, earth and truffles. Strong and fresh acidity. tannins firm and still present.will need 10 more years to Show All his skills.younger than the 1996 mouton in my opinion, but the mouton better at this stage. 96+
Outstanding wine. Decanted and aerated for an hour, then drank over another. Deep ruby, hardly any signs of aging. Excellent nose of blackberry leaf, black currants intermingled with graphite, cigar box and cassis. On the palate very complex yet very precise, medium to full bodied, masculine yet extremely refined, first growth material. Good acidity, velvety tannins well integrated and an excellent finish. What a wine!
Dreamer no 2: Un nez de boite à cigare et de cuir, avec des cerises rouges qui percent après une bonne aération. La bouche est d'un équilibre souverain, c'est un prince discret et élégant, avec tanins très fins. Superbe vin qui parait encore jeune. Alliage exceptionnel de puissance et de finesse, un vin dans un style intellos discret. 94-95 pts
Perfect! Lead pencil dipped in cassis and roasted in spice. The aromatics are classic, sweet earth delineated black fruit, chocolate, licorice, fall cedar forest with a hint of smoke. Structured like a like Vanity Fair model.. perfect.
A recent release ex-chateau bottle. I expected this wine to be tight and tannic, and I was completely wrong. A huge nose of sweet cassis jumps from the decanter and in turn the glass. The nose picks up some gentle earthy notes and a hint of graphite. A luxurious mouthfeel with more incredible sweet and pleasing dark fruit notes. The tannins are present, but not overwhelming in the slightest. This bottle is spot on. Will hold for decades, but tonight this bottle is the most approachable '86 I've drunk.
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(Château Léoville Las Cases) Dark red violet color; tart cassis, tart black fruit, beef jus, ethereal nose; tart black fruit, rich beef jus, iodine, tart hoisin sauce, mulberry palate with firm tannins; long finish 94+ points (best bottle of this I've had, by far)
(Leoville Las Cases) The 1986 Leoville Las Cases had a big nose and was blacker and inkier. Its purple fruit was decadent and its musk great, and it also had a sexy vanilla quality to it. The palate was rich, long and thick with a nice finish that had lots of unfolding tannins. The palate was refined, and Julieanne called it ‘a nice package.’ It was (95).
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