1986 Leoville-Las Cases Bordeaux Magnum - 99 pts - 1500ml

1986 Leoville-Las Cases Bordeaux Magnum - 99 pts - 1500ml

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1986 Leoville-Las Cases Bordeaux Magnum - 99 Pts!

Chateau Leoville Las Cases is today among the most emblematic estates of the prestigious Saint-Julien appellation located on the Left Bank from the Bordeaux region. Its wines continue to reach the peaks of excellence and elegance vintage after vintage. Chateau Leoville Las Cases is recognized as one of the oldest estates in the Medoc with a heritage based on a long wine tradition. The lion statue that adorns the estate’s entrance gate makes its instantly recognizable as Chateau Leoville Las Cases.

As a Second Classified Growth of 1855, its excellence in quality earns the estate the title of “First of the Second Crus”. The Delon family took control of the estate at the end of the 19th century and it is now led by Jean-Hubert Delon. Chateau Leoville Las Cases has been a model for exceptional quality consistency since the 1970s.

The strength of this estate is its exceptional terroir. Chateau Leoville Las Cases has 55 hectares planted inside the renowned Clos de Leoville with a complex mosaic of terroirs. The Gironde River near the estate benefits the vineyards as a heat regulator. It helps to keep temperatures moderate and acts as a frost barrier. The vines grow in Gunz gravel soils that is made up of a gravel-sandy subsoil on top of a deep layer of clay. This terroir is at the core of the estate’s exceptional wines that display the typicity of each of the symbolic Left Bank black varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

    


Product Details

Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 1986
Rating 99 RP
Bottle Size 1500 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Location St Julien
Producer Leoville-Las Cases
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 99 RP - The 1986 Leoville-Las Cases which Delon continues to believe is his finest vintage in the eighties (even eclipsing the 1982) still exhibits a black/purple color with no signs of age. The nose offers up aromas of exceptionally ripe cassis fruit intertwined with scents of vanillin minerals and spices. The wine is full-bodied exceptionally well-delineated and phenomenally concentrated. Still unevolved and youthful this is one of the most profound Leoville-Las-Cases but for my palate it remains a notch behind both the 1982 and 1996. 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. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 1986
Rating 99 RP
Bottle Size 1500 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Location St Julien
Producer Leoville-Las Cases
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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