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1998 Château Léoville Las Cases

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
Drink between 2009 - 2025 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 185

  • GuWin wrote: 94 points

    December 6, 2021 - BYO Litteraturhuset (Litteraturhuset i Oslo): Dyp, mørk og tett farge uten tegn til aldring. Sødmefull duft av solbær, blyantspiss (bly) og hint av lakris. Ungdommelig på duft. Sødmefullt anslag, meget fruktig, nesten leskende, samtidig tung og fyldig. Den slår til med imponerende kraft og god "punch". Kveldens røde

  • HarveyManfrenjensenden Likes this wine: 93 points

    November 25, 2021 - This wine just keeps getting better. Decanted for 2 hours and then further time in the glasses, a much better experience than my previous encounters.
    I wasn't much of a fan of this vintage in the past but it has developed considerable nuance and was really quite a delight.

  • djhammond Likes this wine: 95 points

    October 28, 2021 - This is surprisingly evolved for a Las Cases, but it does need about 3 hours in the decanter to lose its initial greenness. However, once this is blown off it is a wonderful wine and not typical of the estate. Red cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant and cedar notes are rich on the nose and palate. The tannin has sweetened and it is silky on the mouth with a good balanced finish. I could almost imagine I was drinking a Palmer if I closed my eyes. A lot of the left bank wines from 1998 are beginning to drink at their peak, and I do question whether this wine can stay at its best for longer than 5 or 10 years.

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  • Dibbs Likes this wine: 93 points

    September 26, 2021 - This was my second bottle. When opened, the nose was a bit reticent so left it to decant for 30 mins and then poured it back into the bottle. This was the last wine of the night and got to breathe for about 2 hrs in the bottle and developed too much greenness on the nose. It was a bit offputting but further aeration in the decanter mellowed out the greenness a bit but it didn't blow off completely. I think this is a bottle variation as the last bottle I didn't have this issue.

    On the palate, it had impeccable concentration and balance. It is drinking at its peak which I think will hold easily for 5-7 years. This is one of the best Las Cases for current consumption given the price is more affordable than 1990 and other big vintages (which is still my WOTY). 93+ 2 points if this was a better bottle with limited greenness.

  • melvinyeowq Likes this wine:

    September 25, 2021 - Dinner at Dibbs's: The awfully green nose reminded me of the Sassicaia 1999 I had a month back but I placed this as a left-bank Bordeaux based on the classic palate that didn't betray much sweetness. I guessed this was a warm vintage from the ripeness of fruit so combining this with the greenness I went for Sociando 03 - oops.

    It's funny how both Las Cases I've had so far did not play up to the stereotype of Las Cases being never ready. On the contrary, the 90 and this were full of juicy, ripe red fruits and silky tannins, rather the imposing structured monster that I've been led to believe. Impeccable balance and a richness to the palate that underscored its pedigree, just that the greenness both on the nose and the palate (less so) was rather distracting.

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  • By James Suckling
    1/12/2021 (link)

    (Château Léoville Las Cases St.-Julien, Red, France) Subscribe to see review text.

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2018, 12/1/2018 (link)

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

Decanter

  • By Jane Anson
    LLC Vertical, 11/17/2018 (link)

    (Château Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien, Bordeaux, France, Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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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)

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  • By Richard Hemming, MW
    9/4/2017 (link)

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

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  • By Chris Kissack
    August 2012, 8/1/2012 (link)

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

Vinous

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

    (Chateau Leoville Las Cases Saint Julien) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2000, IWC Issue #90 (link)

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    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (link)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    August 2012 (link)

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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 000000359054, 0198172000086, 087000346253, 1000000000211, 3258691135779, 370027462885, 5050713084496, 649944072355

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 113 (2%)
  • In Cellars 3,176 (66%)
  • Consumed 1,494 (31%)

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