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.
Still has nice dark ruby color. Complex, but somewhat muted nose of cassis, spice, leather, forest floor, and licorice. Silky and mouth-filling. Tannins still prominent, nice acidic backbone. Lengthy finish. A very nice wine, but perhaps I expected more. This wine has the structure to continue for 10+ years, and perhaps it will improve further. But right now, it is austere and lacks a bit of charm. For a 1986 wine to seem this young is impressive, and this is no doubt a great wine. I just hope that it opens up a bit more.
The moral of the story is... If you just wait 30 years for some wines to come around, they just might, which is exactly what happened with this beauty. Of course, in today's world, 30 years is an insane amount of time to wait for a wine. But in this case, the earthy, forest floor, tobacco, cedar chest and cassis nose puts your squarely in the Medoc. The tannins are starting to soften and the finish, with its sweet, cherries and spicy cassis is now a treat! This is good now, better in a few years and could be one of those legendary 100 year wines in the future.
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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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