Château Léoville Las Cases 1986

Château Léoville Las Cases 1986
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Parker : 98 / 100
J. Robinson : 17,5 / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 1986 Leoville-Las Cases is still so youthful in appearance after 30 years, with only a thin bricking on the rim giving away its age. The bouquet is magnificent: extraordinarily pure and delineated, bewitching black fruit laced with cedar and graphite, the latter lending an almost Pauillac-like personality. The palate is exactly as I have found the previous dozen or so bottles I have tasted: structured, delineated, intense, aristocratic and imperious. It is less formidable than say, ten years ago, so it has probably just stepped onto its drinking plateau. The acidity is perfectly judged lending freshness and tension, crucial to counterbalance those layers of spicy black fruit that fans out with cedar and graphite (again) towards the finish. You come away with the feeling of having consumed a wine with immense energy, yet with so much more to give over the next three decades, and knowing this property, perhaps even the three decades after that! I would agree with the late Michel Delon: the 1986 Léoville Las-Cases is the summit of the 1980s. Tasted September 2016.
BordeauxSaint-Julien
Alcohol
13

Grape varieties
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot

Dessert wine
No

J. Robinson
17,5

R. Gabriel
19

Wine Spectator
95

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Vineyard
Medoc

Area
Bordeaux

Appellation
Saint-Julien

Color
Red

Producer
Château Léoville Las Cases

Parker
98

Allergens
Contains sulphites