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1986 Leoville Las Cases

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-JULIEN
  • 95 WS
  • 97 IWC
  • 80 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52977-1986-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2002
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 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.--L‚oville Las Cases vertical.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 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
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Bordeaux Book(2003) | Rating: 100

    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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Very deep colour but with some evolution at the rim. Some acidity and vegetal note. Cheek gripping. Cussed. Painful acidity. All concentration rather than balance.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: rsfj
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: G
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Lovely old Bordeaux, but drink up
    Author: Robert S662
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 3022 bottles owned
  • 368 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 98
    (Out of 368 collectors)