2005 Leoville Las Cases 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

Another titanic effort from the Delon family, the 2005 Leoville Las Cases is probably the greatest wine made at this estate since Jean-Hubert Delon's father produced the 1986 and 1996. Only 37% of the production made it into the 2005, a blend of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with less than 13% Merlot and Cabernet Franc. An inky/ruby/purple color is accompanied by reticent aromatics that, with considerable coaxing, offer up subtle notes of toasty vanillin intermixed with lead pencil shavings, wet rocks, and enormously ripe, intense black cherry and creme de cassis. The wine hits the palate with a full-bodied, layered mouthfeel as well as enormous extract, concentration, and purity. This ageless, monumental claret requires a minimum of 15-20 years to approach maturity, and should last for a half century. It is about as classic a Leoville Las Cases as one will find.

Drink Dates: 2020-2060
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 176

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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.

Drink Dates: 2017+
Author: James Suckling


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 97
Author: Miguel L
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 03/27/2011
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.

Rating: 100
Author: gd10102
Trust Rating: 80
Tasted On: 09/30/2009

Average rating: 93, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

4618 bottles owned by 672 collectors.

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About This Producer


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.

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See other similar producers: Chateau Leoville Barton, Clos Louie, Chateau Cantemerle

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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