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1988 Leoville Las Cases

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-JULIEN
  • 92 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52977-1988-1500-1A
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Just mellowing ruby. Served immediately after a Pichon Lalande 1996 and seemed slightly lighter bodied and definitely had more acidity. But for a Las Cases from a slow-maturing vintage, this is surprisingly ready to drink. Lots of minerals and a dry St-Julien finish with fully dissipated tannins.ÿ
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    This tasting consisted of each of the varietal components of Las Cases, followed by the final blend for Leoville-Las Cases. The weedy 1988 Merlot reveals a light ruby color with some lightening at the edge. Aromas of herbal tea clash with sweet fruit in this medium-bodied, high acid wine. The elegant Cabernet Franc is outstanding. It offers a medium dark ruby color, followed by a super-intense, penetrating fragrance of minerals, blackcurrants, spice, and a subtle mint note, as well as finesse. This was an impressive showing for a varietal component. The tough, backward Cabernet Sauvignon is tannic and closed, revealing muscle and strength. Tasted alone, it is nothing more than a building block for the final wine. The disappointing Petit Verdot possesses a vegetal character, astringent, harsh tannin, hollowness, and a lack of fruit and charm.

    Remarkably, the 1988 Leoville-Las Cases has always been one of the most successful wines of the vintage. In this tasting it clearly outshone all its component parts. With a rich, spicy, fruitcake, cedary, cassis-scented nose, this medium-bodied, moderately tannic Las Cases offers attractive sweetness and suppleness on the palate, a well-delineated and focused personality, and a moderately tannic finish. The wine is just beginning to reveal some aromatic development. It will benefit from another 2-5 years of cellaring and will keep for 20+ years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Very fresh aromas of dried cherries, blackberries and wet earth. Full-bodied, with extremely well-integrated, silky tannins and a fresh blackberry and mint aftertaste. Slightly dry and funky on the finish. Try it a bit later. A Las Cases that's rather rustic.--1989 Bordeaux horizontal.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drink Dates: 1997-2016
    Author: NCL
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Author: BORDEAUXLICIOUS
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Pierre T184
  • Self | Rating: 92

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    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 95

    This is classic and drinking beautiful and very complex, finesse and depth. Profound but velvety...ilke the Beuty and the beast! Highly recommend it and still have a decade ahead of good drinking.
    Drink Dates: 2000-2028
    Author: Jito72
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

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 614 bottles owned
  • 132 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 132 collectors)