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1978 Château Léoville Las Cases

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
Drink between 2002 - 2014 (Edit)
CT90.9 171 reviews

Community Tasting Notes 152

  • Sundbyberg wrote: 93 points

    September 8, 2021 - Certainly needs a 2-3 hour decant, thereafter a very soft, slighly brownish, typical old school Bordeaux. Quite a treat.
    My sixth vintage of this wine: 1978, 1996, 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2011.
    High shoulders by the way, and perfectly stored since release.

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  • 87tellub Likes this wine: 93 points

    September 1, 2021 - This bottle was excellent, improving over the 3-4 hours it was opened into a very happy place.

    Color looked good. It's a tiny bit cloudy which might be traces of sediment, but I don't think much if any - I left it upright for about 3 days prior to opening. The cork was in poor shape, quite soft and crumbly, and I couldn't extract it (tried an Ah So first, and then a bit of a regular corkscrew, to no effect, as both just pushed the cork into the bottle) so had to filter the wine into a decanter through a coffee filter.

    Nose is inviting, smoke, wet cedar, dark spice, graphite, clean soil, and I still get notes of dark fruit on this. Sound on the palate. No surprise, not much fruit on first inspection. Very mellow, but very alive. Showing some structure, still. Notes are perhaps some dark berries, meat, something dark and woodsy, and old leather.

    Very pleasing and complex nose on this and a relatively more tame palate by comparison, but all in all, this bottle is giving an excellent showing......I thought the nose ~90 minutes after decant was incredible. On the palate it was quite tasty. This never faded over 3 hours in the decanter, in fact improved, and worked incredibly well with a juicy steak, some salty potato chips and garlic butter string beans.

    Great birth year wine to celebrate the day. 43 years old, and what an impressive showing.

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  • Aravind Asok wrote:

    July 17, 2021 - Srill haven't quite recreated the magic of drinking this a couple of years ago. This btl was slightly past peak, with entirely tertiary charcoal and cedar. All fruit is gone, and the tannin is attenuated. Still very good.

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  • djhammond Likes this wine: 94 points

    March 8, 2021 - This was absolutely spot on, and drinking with a short time in the decanter. It is fully mature and I feel it could be approaching the start of a steady decline. However, at this age it is all about the individual bottle rather than the vintage.

  • asteff wrote: 94 points

    February 28, 2021 - Delicious bottle. Wonderful earth/dust flavors, darker fruits.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/25/2009 (link)

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

  • By Richard Jennings
    3/7/2013 (link) 93 points

    (Château Léoville Las Cases) Bricked medium red violet color; mature, tobacco, smoky, tart currant nose; mature, elegant, tobacco, tart currant, cedar palate; medium-plus finish 93+ points

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1978
  • 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, 370027462885, 649944072355, 753604062133

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 14 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,352 (67%)
  • Consumed 642 (32%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Roasted Chicken, steak and chips, Steak Frites

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