Really nice wine- beginning to open up but would benefit from another 5+ years. Really pure dark fruit with some mineral components on midpalate. If this continues to evolve, should improve to be outstanding and is worth seeking out if reasonably priced.
Leiden in Rotterdam: This wine suffered from standing next to the 2008 Lafite and 2006 Haut Brion. These wines seem to have the early drinking quality that many Burgundy wines have. The Leoville however is much younger with abundant dark fruit and not yet balanced acidity and tannins. It needs more time in bottle and a good decant when opened now.
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(Chateau Léoville-Las-Cases St Julien) The harvest here was from October 6th to the 18th, and the wine is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc and 12% Merlot. The ultimate yield for the estate was 37.9 hl/ha. Wow - what a captivating nose! Intense black cherry fruit, minerally and pure, crunchy but rich, layered with cream and vanilla. Pure, but as the nose suggests stunningly rich and intense, and broad. Elegant tannins, firm yet silkily textured, really stylish yet with real depth and concentration. A great tannic core which is only really evident at the finish. Great length. A fabulous effort.
(Château Léoville-Las-Cases (St Julien)) I remember the aromatics on this wine from the primeur tastings - they were breathtaking, full of heady damson and plum fruit. I wouldn't be so effusive in their description today, although they still have some of the appeal, the fruit character dark, with scents of blackcurrant and a little touch of that damson still. The palate has a gentle substance, the effect lightly perfumed and polished, with the structure nicely hidden within the body of the wine. Fresh acidity helps. This is impressive but it lags behind its wonderful showing as a barrel sample four years ago.
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