1986 Leoville Las Cases 750ml

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1986 Leoville Las Cases
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International Wine Cellar | 97(+?)

($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.

Drink Dates: 2010-2035
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 103

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Bordeaux Book(1998) | 98

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

Drink Dates: 2003-2030
Author: Robert Parker


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Wine Spectator | 95

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.

Drink Dates: 2000+
Author: Harvey Steiman


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Bordeaux Book(2003) | 99

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.

Drink Dates: 2003-2035
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: B4

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Score: 100
Author: G
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 08/27/2014
Score: 92
Author: Robert S662
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/16/2013
Drink Dates:
Lovely old Bordeaux, but drink up
Score: 100
Author: rsfj
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 12/24/2012
Score: 96
Author: Toby Thomas
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 02/27/2010
Score: 100
Author: dave1161
Trust Rating: 14
Tasted On: 12/24/2008

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More Vintages and Sizes of Leoville Las Cases:

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1999 (1.5L)
1985 (750ml)

About This Producer


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 hunters should also keep an eye out for the estate's second label, Clos du Marquis.

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