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1982 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
10/3/2021 - Dibbs Likes this wine:
96 points
This is the quintessential Las Cases that everyone complains about not being ready yet and having the structure over finesse.
The wine isn't at its prime yet but starting to get there. It was drunk over a 5-6 hour period and it got better for the first 2 hours or so and kept at a plateau for the rest of the night. It paired really well with food. As DJHammond notes that this is a more intellectual wine rather than a hedonistic experience like the 1990. This wine isn't sexy, it is just impressive as hell. The volume and length of the wine are mindboggling at almost 40 years of age. This is built for another 20 years easy and it is only going to get better from here but the peak is still at least 5-10 years away.
  • Dibbs commented:

    10/4/21, 10:46 PM - Hope so too. I didn’t really experience the tannic bite. About 1 hr in the decanter did the trick. But it is not fruit driven wine for sure.

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1982 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
Stood the bottle up for two days before decanting. The cork shows some signs of minor seepage but otherwise intact.

Deep garnet with bricking at the rim.

Medium intense nose of tobacco, wet forest floor, soil, menthol, dried pine, oiled leather.

On the palate delicate notes of smoked cherry, tobacco, more old leather. After three hours notes of cassis starts to emerge.

Medium alcohol, medium body, medium acidity, upon initial pour, I felt the tannins but after two hours the tannins melted away and the wine developed a beautiful silky texture. The finish lasts minutes.

The wine is fully developed and drinking absolutely beautifully right now. What a treat! WOTY for me.

Edit: Followed the wine through several hours and I feel it peaked three hours after opening. By hour six, the wine had lost its interesting notes.
  • Dibbs commented:

    9/19/21, 7:24 PM - Thanks for such detailed notes. I am planning to open one soon. Would you recommend decanting or slow ox from the bottle?

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1990 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
5/16/2021 - Ozen Likes this wine:
100 points
Leoville Las Cases at its very best, but equally; Bordeaux as good as it gets. One of the best wines, bottles I have ever tasted.

We let it breath for a couple of hours and it became sensational: Perfectly in the drinking window now. Incredibly rich, ripe fruit palette, strawberries coulis, with an undercurrent of dark berries, slightly sweet (after the Gloria 2009) but absolutely perfectly in balance. A truly memorable experience, if not a real food orgasm of a wine.

Some of my friends have a bit of a love hate relationship with Leoville Las Cases as it can display some austerity and not giving much in its earlier years. In my experience that largely is a matter of having the patience to hitting the drinking window which takes time with LLC and is for sure worth the wait, and to a lesser extent letting it breath a few hours before tasting. But when you have the patience to wait this is an absolute master piece of a wine. The 1990 is at its incredible peak right now. You have to try this at least once!
  • Dibbs commented:

    6/14/21, 1:25 AM - I am planning to open a bottle this weekend. When you mentioned, "let it breathe for a couple of hours", was it in the bottle or decanter? Thanks a lot!

  • Dibbs commented:

    6/14/21, 5:35 PM - Thanks a lot, probably gonna give it 1hr on the decanter first :)

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1990 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
5/30/2021 - Jeff Leve wrote:
98 points
At 31 years of age, this is First Growth in quality. This majestic Left Banker offers up tobacco leaf, cigar box, cedar, forest floor, cassis and blackberry aromas. Concentrated, full-bodied and with an incredible sense of richness, depth of flavor and structure, the wine fills your palate with layers of perfectly ripe, earthy red fruits. At the most, 60 minutes in the decanter is all that's needed.
  • Dibbs commented:

    5/30/21, 8:58 PM - Jeff, do you think 1990 is the best Las Cases for current consumption?

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2003 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
5/21/2021 - djhammond Likes this wine:
94 points
This just keeps getting better and without doubt is the best Sociando-Mallet drinking and possibly the best of all time from the estate. The hot vintage really suited it and took away the rougher rustic edges usually associated with the wine. The nose is deeply fruited with red cherry, blackcurrant, and plum. The tannin does remind you what you are drinking, but it is perfectly integrated with the fruit. The finish is excellent and gently nudges past the 30 seconds point with perfect balance and depth. I find it difficult to find a better value wine in the market at present with probably at least another decade at this level ahead of it. 94+
  • Dibbs commented:

    5/23/21, 6:07 PM - Great notes! Have you tried the 1990 Sociando recently? Think it is drinking even better than this one other than fully agree with your note.

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1990 Château Marquis de Terme Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
11/23/2020 - melvinyeowq wrote:
Tertiary characteristics of damp forest floor, a little too much brett for my liking, barely any fruit left. Some older wines tend to be more interesting than good and it was the case here. Based on previous experience with older bottles of Bordeaux that seemed fresher, I think this bottle might not have been as well stored. Looking at my past tasting notes, I’ve had a 2002 before from this chateau that was a sleeper hit for the vintage which I thought was a lovely wine.
  • Dibbs commented:

    11/23/20, 6:05 PM - Think there was a bit of bottle variation as the last one I had was a fresher. That being said, I think the wine is at peak tertiary phase, definitely not for all haha.

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