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1985 Château Léoville-Las Cases

  • 95 WA
  • 98 WS
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    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52977-1985

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 98

    A fabulous wine; one of the first great Las Cases. Full-bodied and rich, with the tannins extremely well integrated into an impressive background of fruit. Give it time.--Cabernet Challenge.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    Tasted blind at Harry Gill's annual lunch. Always on the of finest Las-Cases of the 1980s, this bottle convinces with a complex, tightly-wound nose of blackberry, cedar, dried herbs, sous-bois and cigar box. The palate is full-bodied with firm, sinewy tannins, compact at first but fanning out wonderful towards a supple, lithe finish tinged with iodine. Marvellous. Drink now-2030. Tasted February 2010.
    Author: Neal Martin
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Pierre T184
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Decanted for 30 minutes. Lean and suave but still has some tannin. Fans od great aged Bordeaux will love this. Those looking for more overt fruit should drink now, though this has plenty left
    Author: Scooter
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Sampled at Les MillAcsimes du siecle, Le Grand Tasting, Paris. Young! Deep blue, very slight edge color change. Classic depth of aromatics, in equal measure of cedar, tobacco, floral fragrances, and dark fruit. Full bodied and mouth-filling. Integrated. Elegant. Precise. Delicious. Great length. Tannins fully resolved and everything in balance. While it does not quite reach the standard of perfection set by its younger brother from 2000, it is a pleasure to drink this mature St. Julien now and for the next 10 years. A wine that reinforces the pedigree of this chateau, and helps one to be patient with younger vintages which, while compelling now, will also become even more precious when they are as integrated as this 23 year old Second Growth Bordeaux. Wine presented by Yorick d'Alton of Famille Delon, long time ambassador for the chateau.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2028
    Author: Miguel L
  • Self | Rating: 95

    This was an excellent Leoville Las Cases, all classical Leoville as expected. However, my expectations were higher because in several articles I saw it described as the best (the emphasized) Bordeaux from the 80s and it was not that. Perhaps, not a great bottle so need to try again.
    Author: Ilya S
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.

See other similar producers:Chateau Leoville Barton,Clos Louie,Chateau Cantemerle
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 885 bottles owned
  • 167 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 167 collectors)