Red

1988 Château Léoville Las Cases

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
Drink between 2005 - 2020 (Edit)
CT92.3 235 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 213

  • ccn wrote: 91 points

    July 29, 2021 - Great aromatic profile and strong tobacco notes. Somewhat muddy flavours - not as precise as some. From magnum. Still going strong and in long drinking window.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • glassofhans Likes this wine: 96 points

    April 29, 2021 - Beautiful nose, floral, dark fruits, forest floor, strong notes of cab franc greenness coming through, almost mistook for right bank in a blind taste. It's a tough vintage, but highly recommended.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • plitton wrote:

    April 21, 2021 - Larry and Nancy's Bordeaux Dinner (University Club, Chicago): Olives and a little more vegetal than the 1998 that preceded it in the tasting. Slightly tannic. Delicate.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Jeff Leve wrote: 92 points

    April 8, 2021 - Firm, classic, old-school styled wine with good concentration and a focus on its bright, crisp, herb and cedar accents. Better on the nose, with its peppery leaf, mint, cedar, tobacco and bright currant aromatics than on the crisp, sharp red berry and cranberry palate. The finish delivers a crunchy blast of red fruits, The wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. 12.75% ABV.

  • Francophile1 Likes this wine: 95 points

    March 26, 2021 - Another one of our head to head Latour vs. Las Cases tasting events. This time, it was much too close to call. Up to this point, Latour has won most of the vintage comparison tastings that we have done. However, on this night LLC held its own against its first growth next door neighbor. Disclaimer: Served non-blind, both the Latour & Las Cases were decanted 1 hour prior. The Latour was purchased on-site from the Latour cellar directly in Pauillac and the LLC was sourced via local US retailer. The Latour wins hands down on the nose. I could smell it all night long without ever taking a sip. Sheer nobility with the classic Latour tension that I love so much once that tension is released in the glass. However, the LLC wins on taste and finish, especially the longer it sat in the glass. My guess is that ultimately the Latour is the better wine, but at this stage the LLC is more in its sweet spot and fully mature. If it were physically possible, I would love to taste the LLC exactly where it is today and the Latour in 5-8 more years of evolution. Nevertheless, it is always fun to taste these two side by side.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Jane Anson
    1986 & 1988 St-Julien, 5/1/2019 (link)

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Bordeaux Overflow, 10/15/2018 (link)

    (Leoville Las Cases Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Neal Martin
    A Century of Bordeaux: The Eights (May 2018), 5/18/2018 (link)

    (Léoville Las-cases Léoville Las Cases Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/19/2011 (link)

    (Ch Léoville Las Cases St-Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/6/2012 (link) 92 points

    (Château Léoville Las Cases) Bricked medium dark red color; very aromatic, tobacco, cedar, tart currant nose; mature, tart currant, cedar, tobacco, mineral palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1988
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Léoville Las Cases
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation St. Julien
  • UPC Codes 0198172000086, 097985737854, 1000000000211, 370027462885, 649944072355

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 25 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,663 (61%)
  • Consumed 1,042 (38%)

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