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1996 Château Léoville-Las Cases

  • 98 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52977-1996

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    ($168-$245) Saturated bright, dark ruby. Perfumed, vibrant, very youthful aromas of cassis, violet and bitter chocolate. Dense and powerful, with great clarity of flavor thanks to a terrific spine of acidity. Almost painfully structured wine but not at all hard. Finishes very long and gripping, with a note of bitter chocolate.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2002
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Deep dark damson colour and little sign of age. Sweet red fruit and the first touch of undergrowth. Then more cassis, a touch of mint. Lovely fine dry texture, very fine and smooth. Fresh, quite tight. Still not really ready? Very fresh and a long powerful but fresh finish. Great length. Digestible. High-percentage Cabernet vintage. (JH)
    Author: Julia Harding MW
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    Having previously rated it nearly perfect, I was apprehensive of a letdown about tasting the 1996 Leoville Las Cases once it had been bottled, but that concern was quickly dismissed once I put my nose in the glass. A profound Leoville Las Cases, it is one of the great modern day wines of Bordeaux. This wine's hallmark remains a sur-maturite (over-ripeness) of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Yet the wine has retained its intrinsic classicism, symmetry, and profound potential for complexity and elegance. The black/purple color is followed by a spectacular nose of cassis, cherry liqueur, pain grille, and minerals. It is powerful and rich on the attack, with beautifully integrated tannin, massive concentration, yet no hint of heaviness or disjointedness. As this wine sits in the glass it grows in stature and richness. It is a remarkable, seamless, palate-staining, and extraordinarily elegant wine - the quintessential St.-Julien. Despite the sweetness of the tannin, I would recommend cellaring this wine for 7-8 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Incredible nose of blackberry, mineral, cedar and currant. Full-bodied, with silky and refined tannins and a medium caressing finish. It's a beautiful wine that begs to be drunk now but will age and improve for a long time.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: winefolio
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Billy the Kid
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: rsfj
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    Author: Mark L44
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Decanted 4 hours. A classical example of a St. Julien. Earthy, wet forest floor gives way to fruit. Hints of graphite, minerals and black fruit. An excellent wine to drink now, but will likely age nicely another decade or more.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2020
    Author: Brian C427
  • Self | Rating: 94

    drank 2 bottles over the holidays. still too early to drink. if you open now decant for at least 3-4 hours to get a sense of potential here.
    Author: David S515
  • Self | Rating:

    Excellent but needs 10+ years. Had at my 50th Dinner.
    Author: Peter B
  • Anonymous | Rating:

    Excellent. Drank at the Coulter ski trip.
    Author: Chez Fisher
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Part of a blind tasting of Leoville Poyferre, Barton and Las Cases, 1982, 1990, 1996 and 2000 with Acker. The nose is sweet, creamy and delicious. Rich with caramel, cream and fruits subdued by the tannens. Nowhere near ready.
    Drink Dates: 2014+
    Author: Ricknat1
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Retail purchase, held 2 years. Soft cork, first LLC with even a hint of fault. Nose was muddy, descanting helped it, and I agree let it sit for a few hours, it builds and reveals layers and power in time. Nice color, a more elegant presentation of LLC than expected. Long finish. A step up from the 96 Clos du Marquis, both drinking very well. Long, balanced. Decant and serve in 3 hours.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2025
    Author: Miguel L
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Stunning wine with complexity to keep your imagination going. Clean on the palate with lingering fruit on the finish. Don't be in a hurry, but drink by 2025.
    Drink Dates: 2025
    Author: Karl L
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Very good wine. Really enjoyed it. Will last for years to come
    Drink Dates: 2005-2015
    Author: Ed K994
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

  • 4851 bottles owned
  • 490 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 490 collectors)