Red

1998 Château Léoville Las Cases

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 156

  • Bernt Olav wrote: 93 points

    May 18, 2019 - Luftet i 3 timer før konsum. Klassisk farge med svakt begynnende oransje kant. Fantastisk aroma med modent tilsnitt og elementer av lær, espresso, sigar, solbær, blåbær, cola og sjokolade. I munn har den god konsentrasjon, tydelige, men integrerte tanniner. Finner de samme elementene som i aroma. Stor vin som dekker hele munnen(har ikke ett bedre ord). Sitter lenge. God "old school" Bordeaux.

  • liber Likes this wine: 94 points

    April 20, 2019 - 5th of 12, decanted an hour, perfect cork and level, little changed from last bottle in 12/17, flavour profile similar to 96 on same night, though slightly less to the 98, if further along its maturity curve and the better drink on the night, both still very much on the cassis fruit with secondaries yet to develop. F+ (18).

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Rezy13 wrote:

    March 29, 2019 - Darker color with brick rim; incense, Bordeaux funk, green pepper, cigar tobacco, cedar, a bit of chocolate shows good richness for a more difficult year; the palate doesn’t deliver what the nose suggests, cedary tannin, a touch more lean in the fruit dept., feels a bit hollow acidic and on the edge of aging out.

  • djhammond Likes this wine: 94 points

    February 20, 2019 - I've scored this a couple of points lower than a year ago, as it seems to have slightly closed down. It still is remarkably forward for the estate, with deep aromas of blackcurrant, cedar and old leather. It has exceptional balance on palate and a lengthy harmonious finish. However, the palate has become a little tight, and I think I will leave it another year to come through this dumb phase.

  • henrygjeffreys Likes this wine:

    February 7, 2019 - bright red colour - very little fading
    Smells so classically claret, red fruit and pencil shavings
    Firm tannins, this is quite austere but rather marvellous at the same time. There's lovely fruit underneath and it's so fresh and vibrant. Hard to believe this is 21 years old. I think it might be immortal.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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    Bordeaux Overflow, 10/15/2018 (link)

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

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  • By Richard Hemming MW
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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96 (link)

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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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 103 (2%)
  • In Cellars 3,019 (71%)
  • Consumed 1,160 (27%)

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