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1986 Leoville Las Cases 750ml
1986 Leoville Las Cases
France - Bordeaux - St Julien / Second Growth
Red / Bordeaux Blend
1986 Leoville Las Cases
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Professional Reviews

IWC
97(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 103

($165-$300) Saturated dark ruby. Cassis, shoe polish, camphor and rose petal on the nose; this reminded me of a great vintage of Latour. Dense and extremely concentrated; explosive yet totally backward. There nothing playful about this infant claret. Finishes with extraordinary, slow-building persistence. Very serious juice; one of the great Bordeaux of the 1980s.

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RP
98

Bordeaux Book(1998) Author: Robert Parker

The 1986 Leoville-Las Cases, which Delon continues to believe is his finest vintage in the eighties (even eclipsing the 1982), still exhibits a black/purple color with no signs of age. The nose offers up aromas of exceptionally ripe cassis fruit intertwined with scents of vanillin, minerals, and spices. The wine is full-bodied, exceptionally well-delineated, and phenomenally concentrated. Still unevolved and youthful, this is one of the most profound Leoville-Las-Cases, but for my palate, it remains a notch behind both the 1982 and 1996. Last tasted 3/97

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WS
95

Wine Spectator Author: Harvey Steiman

Firm and focused, with beautifully articulated currant, raspberry and nutmeg aromas and flavors; very supple for such a lean-textured Bordeaux. Approaching drinkability, but it can use until 2000 to soften.--Léoville Las Cases vertical.

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RP
99

Bordeaux Book(2003) Author: Robert Parker Issue: B4

The late Michel Delon always thought that this was the greatest vintage he had produced. We often tasted it side by side with the 1982, because I always preferred the latter vintage. Of course, the two vintages are quite different in style, with the 1986 a monument to classicism, with great tannin, extraordinary delineation, and a huge, full-bodied nose of sweet, ripe cassis fruit intermixed with vanilla, melon, fruitcake, and a multitude of spices. The wine has always been phenomenally concentrated, yet wonderfully fresh and vigorous. The wine still seems young, yet it is hard to believe it is not close to full maturity. It is a great example of Leoville Las Cases, and another compelling reason to take a serious look at the top Cabernet Sauvignon-based Medocs of 1986.

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Community Reviews

100

G Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 08/27/2014

92

Robert S662 Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 12/16/2013 Drink Dates:

Lovely old Bordeaux, but drink up

100

rsfj Trust Rating: 92 Tasted On: 12/24/2012

96

Toby Thomas Trust Rating: 92 Tasted On: 02/27/2010

100

dave1161 Trust Rating: 14 Tasted On: 12/24/2008

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