1988 Château Léoville Las Cases

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien

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Community Tasting Note

  • gunpwdr wrote: 84 points

    February 7, 2012 - Right out of the bottle (and a 55 degree fridge), this LLC's fragrant nose gives off soy-tinged dried flowers, sweet currants, plums, tobacco leaf, eucalyptus, and pencil lead. On the palate, the attack shows tart currants and puckering acidity that lasts throughout. Transition to and through the mid-palate is seamless... with fine grained tannins kicking in then giving way to a long, lithe finish where dried flowers, more bright red berries linger. General impression is that of an aged but dense Bordeaux that is very acidic on the palate and without a whole lot of fruit.

    Hours later, the nose is much the same but the wine, in its warmer state, comes off a little darker and less acidic on the palate. The tannins are front and center at this point with the acidity riding right behind it. The fruit however, is still quite lightweight overall and doesn't pull its weight relative to the other elements. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't hoping for more and while the nose was wonderful, the rest didn't quite add up to the experience of other reviewers. My bottle was simply good and no more than that.


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