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1985 Leoville Las Cases Bordeaux Blend - France - Bordeaux - St Julien - Red - Second Growth

France - Bordeaux - St Julien

Red Bordeaux Blend - Second Growth
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The Second Growth classified estate of Leoville Las Cases continues to produce wines of exceptional quality, rivaling those of the First Growth producers. The wines are full-bodied, concentrated and complex, and have tremendous aging potential. Typical blends consist of over 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, with lesser amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and a small amount of Petit Verdot. Bargain... More »

WA 93
WS 98
Drink Dates
Comm: 2008-2028 WA: 1998-2015 WS: 2004+
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WA 93
Source Wine Advocate
Drink Dates 1998-2015

This is one of my favorite vintages of Las Cases for present day consumption. The wine reveals a youthful deep ruby/purple color, followed by a classic Las Cases bouquet of pain grille, lead pencil, minerals, and ripe black currants. Medium to full-bodied, with outstanding concentration, and soft tannin, this is a classic, fleshy 1985 that reveals none of the potential dilution noticeable in many wines from this vintage. At one time I thought this might turn out to be a modern day clone of the 1953, but it possesses a lot more flesh and intensity.

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WS 98
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2004+

A fabulous wine; one of the first great Las Cases. Full-bodied and rich, with the tannins extremely well integrated into an impressive background of fruit. Give it time.--Cabernet Challenge.

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Author Scooter
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.663%
Tasted On 06/23/2013

Decanted for 30 minutes. Lean and suave but still has some tannin. Fans od great aged Bordeaux will love this. Those looking for more overt fruit should drink now, though this has plenty left

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Author Ilya S
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 85.097%
Tasted On 04/14/2013

This was an excellent Leoville Las Cases, all classical Leoville as expected. However, my expectations were higher because in several articles I saw it described as the best (the emphasized) Bordeaux from the 80s and it was not that. Perhaps, not a great bottle so need to try again.

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Author Miguel L
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 11/24/2008
Drink Dates 2008-2028

Sampled at Les Millésimes du siecle, Le Grand Tasting, Paris. Young! Deep blue, very slight edge color change. Classic depth of aromatics, in equal measure of cedar, tobacco, floral fragrances, and dark fruit. Full bodied and mouth-filling. Integrated. Elegant. Precise. Delicious. Great length. Tannins fully resolved and everything in balance. While it does not quite reach the standard of perfection set by its younger brother from 2000, it is a pleasure to drink this mature St. Julien now and for the next 10 years. A wine that reinforces the pedigree of this chateau, and helps one to be patient with younger vintages which, while compelling now, will also become even more precious when they are as integrated as this 23 year old Second Growth Bordeaux. Wine presented by Yorick d'Alton of Famille Delon, long time ambassador for the chateau.

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