Another cracking good bottle. However, some evidence of heat from internally ingrained sediment at the shoulder, although level excellent and source was "ex chateau 2015", from Farr. Cork saturated to the top, also consistent with some heat. I am beginning to doubt the worth (and the extra cost) of ex chateau stock. Fabulous deep colour, intense tertiary flavours, no sweetness, a very senior wine. But earlier bottles from this case were better, if not by much.
85 Claret (La Trompette, London): Blind. Significantly darker and denser. A little more austere on the nose. Lead and blackcurrant. Still some tannin. Quite mineral with some tobacco. Very dense and brooding with an underlying richness that's still slightly suppressed by the relaxing structure. Very impressive, and this bottle needs a little longer. Long and complex. LLC? *****
Like the Leoville Barton quite dark in colour for the age, a bit brighter and glowing even. Great nose, elegant and understated with notes of mint, tobacco, dark fruit, spices. Slightly more depth than Leoville Barton. Same on the palate - more intensity and concentration, good texture with round tannins, good acidity, plenty of fruit. Elegant, fresh and very long. Has years of life left in it. Just ahead of L. Barton my WOTN, the group's number 2. 94-96
Courtesy of Parcival. Deep garnet/crimson core with slight bricking. Opens with a terrific Bordeaux funk, followed by what I refer to as roasted red bell pepper- something I often find in St. Julien and a quality that I absolutely love and by no way use it to mean under-ripe Cabernet. Aromas of lavender, red currants and rose petals, followed by green tobacco and spice box. Very well-integrated at this stage, this is simply elegant and exceptionally balanced. Flavors of red currants, roasted plum, saddle leather, dried herbs and ripe red berry fruit. The finish lasts over a minute, which is the point I stopped looking at my watch. This particular bottle was caught at its absolute peak. Many thanks to Parcival for sharing this beauty.
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(Château Léoville Las Cases) Group's #8 (my #5) – 38 pts; 0, 0, 0, 2 – Dark garnet red color; funky nose on opening, that largely cleaned up to a cassis and herbal nose with a green note, and a possible touch of TCA; tart red fruit, menthol and herbal palate with tobacco edges; medium finish
(Leoville-Las Cases) This wine brought the funk into overdrive. Brett, horse, vivid cassis and mineral on the nose. The palate was brilliant with concentrated flavors, brett running throughout but not too much and perfectly integrated with the rest of the wine. Great texture. Finish was explosive and pure. The wine was just so complete. Fantastic and the last "real" LLC as after that they got the first reverse osmosis machine in Bordeaux and the rest is a sad sad history.
(Chateau Léoville-Las-Cases St Julien) Like a few other wines tonight this demonstrates its potential even with its colour, which is red cut through with a purple streak of youth. Stylish, classically styled St Julien fruit with a hard, tarry character. There is a sense of a full, sweet richness to it. On the palate it is clear that this firm, tannic, backward wine is still in the ascendant. Firm fruit and balanced acidity provide the potential for future development.
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