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.
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.
Tasted blind. Ample black raspberry and ripe red plum have this come off as younger than it is. Notes of dry earth, tobacco, bell pepper and pencil shavings. Surprisingly, slightly underperformed versus the 85 Barton on this occasion.
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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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