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1996 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
95
JR 18
WS 92
IWC 96(+?)
WA 98
Drink Dates
Comm: 2010-2020 IWC: 2012-2040 WA: 2007-2035 WS: 2007+
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IWC 96(+?)
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 103
Drink Dates 2012-2040

($168-$245) Saturated bright, dark ruby. Perfumed, vibrant, very youthful aromas of cassis, violet and bitter chocolate. Dense and powerful, with great clarity of flavor thanks to a terrific spine of acidity. Almost painfully structured wine but not at all hard. Finishes very long and gripping, with a note of bitter chocolate.

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JR 18
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2010-2030

Deep dark damson colour and little sign of age. Sweet red fruit and the first touch of undergrowth. Then more cassis, a touch of mint. Lovely fine dry texture, very fine and smooth. Fresh, quite tight. Still not really ready? Very fresh and a long powerful but fresh finish. Great length. Digestible. High-percentage Cabernet vintage. (JH)

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WA 98
Source Wine Advocate
Drink Dates 2007-2035

Having previously rated it nearly perfect, I was apprehensive of a letdown about tasting the 1996 Leoville Las Cases once it had been bottled, but that concern was quickly dismissed once I put my nose in the glass. A profound Leoville Las Cases, it is one of the great modern day wines of Bordeaux. This wine's hallmark remains a sur-maturite (over-ripeness) of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Yet the wine has retained its intrinsic classicism, symmetry, and profound potential for complexity and elegance. The black/purple color is followed by a spectacular nose of cassis, cherry liqueur, pain grille, and minerals. It is powerful and rich on the attack, with beautifully integrated tannin, massive concentration, yet no hint of heaviness or disjointedness. As this wine sits in the glass it grows in stature and richness. It is a remarkable, seamless, palate-staining, and extraordinarily elegant wine - the quintessential St.-Julien. Despite the sweetness of the tannin, I would recommend cellaring this wine for 7-8 years.

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WS 92
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2007+

Incredible nose of blackberry, mineral, cedar and currant. Full-bodied, with silky and refined tannins and a medium caressing finish. It's a beautiful wine that begs to be drunk now but will age and improve for a long time.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now.

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Author Johnnymd
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.574%
Tasted On 03/31/2013

Not sure if it has not yet evolved or starting to fall apart. Previously was great but this bottle has intensity but little else. Tannins are hard to swallow. Will try again in 5 yrs.

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Author rsfj
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.47%
Tasted On 12/26/2012
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Author Billy the Kid
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90.622%
Tasted On 12/18/2012
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Author Peter B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.169%
Tasted On 04/08/2012
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Excellent but needs 10+ years. Had at my 50th Dinner.

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Author Chez Fisher
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.455%
Tasted On 03/22/2011
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Excellent. Drank at the Coulter ski trip.

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Author Ed K994
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.059%
Tasted On 05/11/2010
Drink Dates 2005-2015

Very good wine. Really enjoyed it. Will last for years to come

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Author Miguel L
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Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 05/22/2010
Drink Dates 2010-2025

Retail purchase, held 2 years. Soft cork, first LLC with even a hint of fault. Nose was muddy, descanting helped it, and I agree let it sit for a few hours, it builds and reveals layers and power in time. Nice color, a more elegant presentation of LLC than expected. Long finish. A step up from the 96 Clos du Marquis, both drinking very well. Long, balanced. Decant and serve in 3 hours.

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Author Brian C427
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.455%
Tasted On 05/15/2010
Drink Dates 2010-2020

Decanted 4 hours. A classical example of a St. Julien. Earthy, wet forest floor gives way to fruit. Hints of graphite, minerals and black fruit. An excellent wine to drink now, but will likely age nicely another decade or more.

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Author David S515
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 01/04/2010

drank 2 bottles over the holidays. still too early to drink. if you open now decant for at least 3-4 hours to get a sense of potential here.

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Author Mark L44
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Tasted On 11/18/2009

Amazing.

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Author Ricknat1
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.332%
Tasted On 10/17/2009
Drink Dates 2014+

Part of a blind tasting of Leoville Poyferre, Barton and Las Cases, 1982, 1990, 1996 and 2000 with Acker. The nose is sweet, creamy and delicious. Rich with caramel, cream and fruits subdued by the tannens. Nowhere near ready.

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Author winefolio
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 80.523%
Tasted On 03/04/2009
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Author dave1161
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 13.725%
Tasted On 12/24/2008
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The Leoville Tasting
This was a tasting the the three properties that were separated at the turn of the century into Leoville Las Cases, Leoville Barton and Leoville Poyferre.  The tasting was blind and done by vintage.  Vintages tasted...


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