Bordeaux in Bern (Bern, Switzerland): Very mineral and iron on first impression. With some swirling you get the textbook lead pencil aromas, tobacco, mineral, graphite. This is pretty much on point. Perhaps it is not the best 1985 LLC that I have enjoyed, but it was awfully powerful and pleasurable in that brawny and brooding style of Las Cases.
Ex chateau 2015. Good fill & cork. With Simon & Di on the eve of their trip to the Far East. Decanted 3 hours. Sublime limpid deep colour. Tears. Delicious nose and mature palate, some sweetness but the fruit now relegated to a subordinate role. A most pleasing wine; some very fine, smooth tannins appear after an hour or so, and then meld in. None of the LLC hardness, just a delight.
30 years of 1985 Bordeaux at The Papies (The Papies, Elizabeth St, London): Double decanted and left in bottle for a good 2 hours till we came round to serving it. This was definitely not a characteristic 1985 LLC. We have been lucky to try this wine on a few occasions over the last 4 years and true bottles of this are stand outs 97s and 98s. Not this one though. felt like a 90-91 wine but we will not rate today as we feel its not a Par bottle. Gladly we have 3 more that are ex-chateau so hopefully those will sing.
Slightly musky out of the bottle. Lovely cedar and earthy aromas wafts from the glass. On the palate, the wine showed sous bois, graphite and leather along with plum and some cassis. The wine still had some grippy tannins and can certainly keep for longer but is very delicious at this point. 92 - 93 pts
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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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