Red

1998 Château Léoville Las Cases

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
Drink between 2009 - 2024 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 161

  • Wild Raccoon Likes this wine: 95 points

    October 18, 2019 - Elegantly balanced scent of cedarwood, sawdust, paper, pepper, tobacco leaves, vanilla and black berries. If this was available as an Eau de Parfum I would wear it.

    On the palate medium to light bodied black berry entrance followed by a fair bit of greenery and strong black tea sitting in the middle of the taste experience like a bitter obstacle. The beautiful thing about this is though that once you have scaled it the kinetic energy acquired launches you into an incredibly long super dry, sparkling and inspiring finish. Tannins are sticky and just at the perfect intensity. Fruit remains strictly in the background.

    I figure you have to approach this with heightened senses and an appreciation for character. This is not the Justin Bieber of Bordeaux wines, neither is it a vintage that will stand out in vertical or horizontal tastings but it has its own old-school class. The quality focus of its producers is apparent throughout.

    Lastly, at its current age there seems to be quite a bit of bottle to bottle variation. I tasted a total of three bottles in the last two months and all were different in the quality of the wood aromas and the intensity of the green. I would rate them 97, 93 and 94. Thats an 95 on average.

  • dnnk88 Likes this wine: 94 points

    July 5, 2019 - Black fruits, truffle, wet stones bouquet. Tasted black fruits, mint leaves, truffles, gravel, wet stones, with tobacco and pepper tertiaries. This is rather fruit forward and unlike other LLCs I’ve tasted, but not in a bad way. In fact, the crowd enjoyed it and definitely top 3 tonight, alongside Palmer 1995 and LLC 2006. Long menthol and mint leaf finish which goes on and on. Structured. Good stuff. In its prime now so open up.

  • Stefan75 wrote: 92 points

    July 2, 2019 - From Mag, no decant, in direct comparison to 2001 Comtesse seemed a bit tired already on the palate (or I was abit tired already). Last Bordeaux of the night, I slightly preferred the Comtesse

  • SimonG wrote: 92 points

    June 22, 2019 - Dinner@BA: Blind. A more lifted, expressive nose than the 95 alongside, tenor versus baritone. A little firmer on the palate, still a little surly and needing time to unfurl properly. Lots here though, but feels a little off the pace cf the 95. ****

  • ZaphodB Likes this wine: 96 points

    May 26, 2019 - Amazing wine with a beautiful aroma with lots of fruit and pencil shave. Mouthfeel is just amazing with Cabernet notes of black currants, pencil shave and deep and lovely fruit.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    August 2012 (link) 18 points

    (Château Léoville-Las-Cases (St Julien)) Really deeply pigmented, dark but certainly not opaque. For the first four to five hours, this wine remained aromatically reticent. It held on to any nuances of perfume, of fruit, but when it finally relaxed it revealed reassuring multilayered seams of dark, sweet and dusty fruit, with smoky damson and plum skins. Dark, sooty but sweet, rich and concentrated, it remains primary but very appealingly so. In truth, I find it a little haunting and enticingly imperceptible, its depths difficult to fathom. It reveals much, but it also suggests there is much more complexity to come here. Despite opening up to reveal a sweet and exuberant character, the palate remains medium-bodied from the start, gently concentrated and full of substance. This is just delicious, sweet and yet with a savoury weight to it, so there is no super-ripe modernity here. In fact, towards the finish, it starts to reveal a more severe tannic backbone, but at no time is this fully laid bare, and so it remains beautifully balanced despite its youthful style. This is just super - but it needs time.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1998
  • 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, 087000346253, 1000000000211, 3258691135779, 649944072355

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 101 (2%)
  • In Cellars 3,055 (70%)
  • Consumed 1,199 (28%)

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