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1979 Château Léoville Las Cases

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
Drink between 1998 - 2012 (Edit)
CT90.9 103 reviews

Community Tasting Notes 92

  • NewFrenchClaret Likes this wine: 89 points

    January 16, 2022 - Needed a lot of air to show well. Powerful but rather professorial nose, mushroom, sage, and a bloody component.
    Lovely texture as usual with Las Cases. Fresh and lively palate. Minty and tangy. Really delicious.

    Finish is lacking though - plenty of length but muted flavor.

    A good effort in a rubbishy vintage.

  • Triforwine Likes this wine:

    December 26, 2021 - Last of the bottles I picked for the holidays and didn't open until today (boxing day!) A gift from my dad's cellar a long time ago. I wasn't sure if I had stored it properly or not as I believe I got it before I built my cellar. Then, Initially worred about the top of the cork, but came out perfectly with Durand. Just a tad above base neck fill. Maroon color at first, brightened a bit to have a crimson core with some brown in the periphery and just a tiny orange rim. Immediately knew it was in good condition on first taste but needed a short time (less than 30 min) to blow off a little of the funk. The aroma is just heavenly, classic old St. Julien aged claret and continues to deepen the aroma over a couple hours (so far). The mouthfeel is medium bodied but the flavor is still powerful enough. Dried red fruit starts to emerge with time and there is ample cedar, sous-bois and sour cherry that gets more prominent with time in the glass. Tannins are resolved. Just superb with a mix of breads and cheeses for a late lunch on the deck in the 55 degree December sunshine we had in Philly today. Even my wife likes it and she's normally not big on St. Julien. The finish is endless so I'm going to sip this slowly and see where it goes. Holding on score until it's gone but incredible experience already. Hoping it doesn't fade before dinner time.

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  • whitmanlholt Likes this wine:

    November 18, 2021 - Popped, let the open bottle breathe for about an hour, and poured. This is a birthyear wine. I didn’t take formal notes, but this is showing remarkably well for a 42-year-old bottle of Bordeaux (or, really, any wine). The color was still reasonably dark and the wine had classic Bordeaux scents of forest floor, old trunk, and a touch of mushroom. This was a very nice bottle of LLC that could easily pass for 10 or 15 years younger. I enjoyed it and it’s a terrific experience at $110.

  • 559Cheers Likes this wine: 93 points

    October 17, 2021 - Very nice aromatically and palette, drinking very well. Little thin and short mouthfeel, but still very nice. Green pepper notes, but it works with this old vintage. Like it. First night. Cork almost completely saturated, lead oxide crust on top of cork. Beautiful bottle. Little leakage on label.
    *4th night mouthfeel full. Expected. Green pepper still there. Notice a hint of Lactic on the nose. Otherwise drinking good.
    *5th night fading finished bottle.

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  • PC99 wrote: 91 points

    August 6, 2021 - So aromatic. Leather, tar, spices. Musty. Moldy In a good way.
    On the palate, a bit short, a bit acidic. A bit thin.

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  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2020, Issue #89, Recently-Tasted Bordeaux And Revisiting the 1855 Left Bank Classification, 9/1/2020

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

  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2006, Issue #3, The 1979 Vintage in Bordeaux: Not Consistently Excellent, But Some Truly Fine Wines

    (Château Leoville las Cases) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1979
  • 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 087000346253, 1000000000211, 649944072355

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 861 (68%)
  • Consumed 396 (32%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Lamb chops, Venison chop

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