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1989 Leoville Las Cases Bordeaux Blend - France - Bordeaux - St Julien - Red - Second Growth

France - Bordeaux - St Julien

Red Bordeaux Blend - Second Growth
Producer Notes

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 »

Score
92
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Drink Dates
Comm: 2004-2021
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Source Jancis Robinson
Author bhof2121
Site / Blog   Trust Rating
Tasted On 12/21/2013

Probably an imperfect bottle. Cork very damp and slid right out. Musty flavors with long, strange acidic finish. It did improve throughout the night. Great nose.

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Author Scooter
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.619%
Tasted On 12/15/2013

At the top of its game but far from done I recently had the ''95 and '96 and this may not quite equal those but still excellent. Extremely balanced with good fruit and a good but not overlong finish

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Author rsfj
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.47%
Tasted On 08/27/2013
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Author Ilya S
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 85.097%
Tasted On 04/07/2012
Drink Dates 2030-2050

Still very tannic, black coffee taste, balance there, but need to wait twenty more years

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Author Bruce Lam
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 87.5%
Tasted On 05/05/2011
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Author riffmaker
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.111%
Tasted On 08/29/2010
Drink Dates 2005-2025
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Author Ivan Chang
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 01/25/2009
Drink Dates 2005-2025

Clear. Deep ruby. No fading of colour at the rim despite the age. Clean, medium to pronounced nose of ripe plums and cherries. Hints of capsicum, leather and tobacco notes. Sweet spices - nutmeg? And notes of violet and mint as as the wine develops in the glass. Dry. High acidity, medium plus body, medium plus silky-velvety tannins. More capsicum and leather notes on the palate. Very long silky finish. Outstanding quality. Premium priced. Can drink now but can keep for at least another 15 years.

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Author Daniel B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.286%
Tasted On 02/01/2005
Drink Dates 2004-2015

An uninspired effort from this second growth. Medium garnet hued wine that turns clear at the rim. Legs still show excellent color. Earth, red fruits, tobacco, herbs, and saddle leather in the bouquet. Clean and crisp with decent fruit and a fairly short finish. Excellent acidity (especially considering the heat of the vintage) with still slightly firm tannin. In no danger of turning over but this wine has peaked ? drink now to 2015.

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