1986 Château Léoville Las Cases

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
Drink between 2006 - 2031 (Edit)
CT94.7 319 reviews
Label borrowed from 1985
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Community Tasting Notes 272

  • Purple Tooth wrote: 93 points

    August 28, 2019 - Very good at opening, with typical strong 1986 super dark iron clad fruit and thickness. Aromas of strong tobacco leaf and stewed red fruit dominate this muscular wine and show the same on the palate. It was exhaling and getting better and better and getting me very excited, but after about 3 hours, it started fading and getting disjointed and watering down. This is a good example of how some of the great wines of 1986 can't withstand the time needed to overcome the stubbornness of the tannic structure of the vintage. I would say drink this with no hurry over next 5 to 7 years, but, drink it swiftly without over swirling and over waiting. Drink

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  • bestdamncab Likes this wine: 93 points

    August 13, 2019 - Classified Bordeaux 33 years old and older (Yan's China Bistro, Walnut Creek, Ca.): Nose of tar, earth, leather, black cherry, and sweet fruit, more of the same on the palate, opened very slowly over 3 hours to brooding fruit, all commented it needs 5 year to be its best and is a 50 year wine, big body, disappointing as intensely concentrated but no excitement, and long finish. My #2 of 3. Uploaded photo.

  • vintage52 Likes this wine: 95 points

    July 3, 2019 - Fantastic wine. Textbook nose for mature Bordeaux, in the cedar/wet leaves spectrum. Impeccable balance, soft tannins, structured, weighty in the mid-palate, long finish. Will hold, but at its peak now.

  • UFGators Likes this wine: 97 points

    May 18, 2019 - This is really in the sweet spot drinking window. No decant needed. This has the backbone to last another decade but why wait?

  • ThorstenP Likes this wine: 91 points

    May 11, 2019 - At its peak. Slightly oxidative. Tannins fully integrated. Palate feels fine but a little thin. Berry notes almost gone. Leathery, tobacco, wet grass, sherry and pencil/graphite notes.
    My last bottle and felt it is time to drink up.

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  • By Jane Anson
    1986 & 1988 St-Julien, 5/1/2019 (link)

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

  • By Jancis Robinson
    7/2/2016 (link)

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

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Bordeaux Horizontals, 5/11/2009

    (Leoville Las Cases) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2002, IWC Issue #103 (link)

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

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/28/2002 (link)

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

  • By Richard Jennings
    12/4/2011 (link) 94 points

    (Château Léoville Las Cases) Dark red violet color; tart cassis, tart black fruit, beef jus, ethereal nose; tart black fruit, rich beef jus, iodine, tart hoisin sauce, mulberry palate with firm tannins; long finish 94+ points (best bottle of this I've had, by far)

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/8/2011 (link) 90 points

    (Château Léoville Las Cases) Bricking dark red violet color; mature, tobacco, tart currant, cedar nose; mature, tart currant, tobacco, cedar palate, with firm tannins; medium-plus finish 90+ points

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/26/2010 (link) 92 points

    (Château Léoville Las Cases) Dark red violet color; nice berry, blackberry nose with lift; tight, tasty, youthful, blackberry, berry palate with firm tannins; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1986
  • 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, 649944072355

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 84 (1%)
  • In Cellars 4,469 (70%)
  • Consumed 1,815 (29%)

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