Chateau Leoville Las Cases Saint Julien 1986

$480.00

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Michel Delon, then owner, believed this to be the greatest wine he ever made.
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Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 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." -Robert Parker

Decanter

D 100
"Michel Delon, then owner, believed this to be the greatest wine he ever made. It's not often the case that wines with this much expectation riding on them live up to the hype, but this one did. A stunning wine that, at 33 years old, still feels fresh, concentrated and with a long way left to go. The tannins have the characteristic Las Cases weight and definition to them, giving form and shape to the sweet berry fruit, but the overall impression is of welcoming, juicy pleasure. Harvested from 1 to 17 October. 4% Petit Verdot completes the blend." -John Adlum

Wine Spectator

WS 95
"Firm and focused, with beautifully articulated currant, raspberry and nutmeg aromas and flavors; very supple for such a lean-textured Bordeaux."

Details

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Bordeaux

  • Grape Variety

    Cabernet Sauvignon , Red Blend

  • Vintage

    1986

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Traditional

  • Style

    Earthy , Elegant , Spicy

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied