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2005 Château Léoville-Las Cases

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-JULIEN
  • 97 WA
  • 100 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 80 JR
  • 99 JS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52977-2005-750

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$319.00

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    ($400-$500) Saturated ruby-red. A confiture of dark berries on the nose, with a complicating torrefaction note of coffee. Fat, sweet, plump and full, with a silky, enveloping texture rare for this wine in its youth. The highly concentrated cassis, violet and bitter chocolate flavors really take over the mouth and stay awhile. The huge, chocolatey finish features big, ripe, building tannins. One can easily taste this massive wine today, but there are great reserves here to ensure a long and slow evolution in bottle-and I would not be at all surprised if it shut down soon for a very long time. Our cabernet sauvignon was perfectly ripe in both '05 and '06, noted cellarmaster Rolland.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 99

    A stunningly complex and complete nose of flowers, dark fruits, and minerals. Very perfumed and subtle at the same time. The palate is full, yet tight and powerful with perfect tannins and a long, long finish. The quality of the tannins is phenomenal, please leave this alone for ten years. Pull the cork in 2020.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Vinous | Rating: 98

    A wine for the ages, the 2005 Leoville Las Cases is slow to come out of the gate, but its beauty and pedigree are evident. The 2005 Las Cases is one of the only wines in this tasting that still needs time in bottle, something that won't come as a surprise to fans of this St. Julien estate. The 2005 offers plenty of the typical Las Cases power, but it is also remarkably nuanced and translucent for a wine of its sheer size. When all is said and done, it is in my top three or four wines of the night.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Dark crimson. Rather a raw, coarse note on the nose - slightly under-seasoned oak? Bright cassis flavours but that rawness again. See my note about the second wine, Clos du Marquis. This had the second lowest average score of this flight.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    This is a prodigious effort. A blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Merlot and Cabernet Franc (only 37% of the crop qualified for Las Cases), this dense ruby/purple wine has a stunningly pure bouquet of dark fruit, wet rocks, graphite, and subtle background toast/vanillin. Full-bodied, masculine, and very deep and concentrated, this titanic effort is at least 8-10 years away from its plateau of maturity. The Delon family have produced another legend. Anticipated maturity: 2023-2050+.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 100

    This is breathtaking. Black in color, with incredible aromas of crushed blackberry, mineral, licorice and lead pencil. Full-bodied, with a mind-blowing texture of seamless tannins that coat every millimeter of the palate. Goes on and on, with licorice, currant and flowers. Time will tell if it?s better than the 2000. 20,000 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Mike N296
  • Self | Rating: 97

    In Bordeaux, '05 vintage is a world unto itself (for now, until the 09 and 10's are bottled). As beautiful as many wines are in other vintages, pull the 05, and if it is not closed, it will share a nose that is a pure expression of vinous possibility. By no means ready to drink, this 05 LLC is nonetheless an amazing bottle. Here is what it is not: Pitch black, thick, hot or an unctuous creamsicle. For now, aside from the perfect red and black fruit, cedar and cigar box notes and tannic finish expected in a great young St Julien, it is showing medium-full, elegant, and very very long. And that's just the first 15 minutes. Will decant and check back on this bottle in 3 hours. The rest will stay in slumber for years, and contend for the Lion's throne in 2020, with the '00, the '09, and, just guessing here, the newbie '10.
    Author: Miguel L
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

  • 3314 bottles owned
  • 411 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 411 collectors)