1986 Château Léoville Las Cases

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
Drink between 2006 - 2031 (Edit)
CT94.7 332 reviews
Label borrowed from 1985
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Community Tasting Notes 281

  • djhammond Likes this wine: 96 points

    March 28, 2020 - This has the structure to stay here for the next 50 years but it is at its peak. It is a typically a Las Cases experience, and very typical of the year in general. It is a very robust and masculine in its profile with strong tannin, but with exceptional depth and a finish pushing 60 seconds. 96+

  • drjb Likes this wine: 96 points

    March 22, 2020 - 96 Points
    This is a delicious and classical bottle of Left Bank Bordeaux with a deep and clear crimson red colour and a rich and expressive nose of blackcurrants, creme de cassis, cedar, liquorice and a touch of mint and blackberry leaf. The palate is perfectly shaped with great length and drive combined with an extra depth of lovely soft fruit on the back palate that lifts this wine into the top league. A lovely balanced and pure glass of claret that gives a great deal of pleasure in a classical way.

  • Jeff Leve wrote: 96 points

    February 15, 2020 - One of the wines of the vintage, the wine is ready for drinking. That being said, regardless of how long you decant the wine. there is no avoiding the stern, hard nature of the vintage. Full-bodied, concentrated and with soaring aromatics, the wine offers up a chewy, intense, rough and ready blast of ripe cassis.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • mnh wrote: flawed

    February 13, 2020 - Corked

  • Horichdaslicht Likes this wine: 97 points

    January 26, 2020 - Black fruit, acidity and firm but silky tannin in perfect balance, but still restrained. Opened up somewhat & gained weight on the palate after 5-6 hours in decanter. Blackish purple colour suggests to me that this still needs time to reveal it's full potential but proved a great match for Roasted Mushroom & Garlic Trottole. I feel this has 100-point potential but not quite there yet. 3-5 years?

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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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, 607921018963, 649944072355

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 96 (1%)
  • In Cellars 4,532 (69%)
  • Consumed 1,909 (29%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Roasted mushroo & garlic Trottole or keep it simple with young Red Leisceter on toast

Who Likes This Wine

97% Like It  72 votes

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