2003 Leoville Las Cases 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Julien | Second Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
2003 Leoville Las Cases
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International Wine Cellar | 93(+?)

($189-$215) Full ruby-red. Plum, tar, cedar and nutty oak on the nose; less exotic than most '03s. Then massive and full on the palate; almost too big for the mouth. As silky as this is, it also possesses very good acidity for the vintage. Finishes with huge but lush tannins and superb length. The IPT here is 74, compared to 70 in 2005, and the alcohol is a tad higher, at 13.2%. A perfect vintage of Las Cases for tasters who normally find this wine too rigorous, but this still promises to be long-lived.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | 96

An incredibly fresh, lively 2003 (the pH is only 3.6 and the alcohol is 13.1%), this wine offers a dense ruby/purple color along with full body and a remarkable nose of black currants, kirsch, lead pencil shavings and vanilla. Opulent, full-bodied and close to full maturity, it is a seamless classic that will age for 15-20 more years. Kudos to the Delon family for such a brilliant achievement in a tricky vintage.

Drink Dates: 2014-2034
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 214

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Wine Spectator | 97

Incredible nose of crushed berry, licorice, violets and lightly toasted oak. Pure creme de cassis. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Solid.

Drink Dates: 2011+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 96
Author: BORDEAUXLICIOUS
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 05/31/2014
Score: 97
Author: gd10102
Trust Rating: 81
Tasted On: 09/30/2009
Score: 97
Author: Miguel L
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 07/04/2009
Revisited a bottle earlier than planned, and was amply rewarded. Decanted and rebottled, served 2 hours later. Beautiful alluring cassis and dark fruit aromas, deep palate and length. And then, in another 2 hours, a transformation -- cured leather and dried roses, and integration. Builds and builds. Profound and attention grabbing. I love this wine. 2003 is famous for the heat wave vintage in Bordeaux, with August temps averaging over 90 degrees for the month. Yet, this wine (70% Cabernet, 17% Merlot, 13% Cab Franc) hits only 13.3% alcohol, and does not come across as over ripe, flabby or out of balance. It started out predictably in the beautiful aromatic and dark fruit, grip and acidity very much in balance, with a core of cedar manner one would expect of a great cab. But it evolved and became something different and even more interesting in the space of a few hours. Napa cabs can hit the first marker, but at 14-15% can be a little softer, a little hotter, a little riper. And I would love to experience in a great CA Cab the evolution and transformation that great Bordeaux are able to achieve, even in a seemingly new-world heat-driven year.

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More Vintages and Sizes of Leoville Las Cases:

2011 (750ml)
2009 (750ml)
2005 (750ml)
1991 (750ml)
1985 (750ml)
1979 (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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