Château Léoville-Las Cases Grand Vin de Leoville du Marquis de las Cases Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1996

$345

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...Anticipated maturity: 2007-2035. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Alex Lallos Delectable Pro

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

Spot on and still young. Dark red color no bricking. Showing some secondary notes of charred wood and leather with light tobacco. Still tannic and could’ve used a decant. Great wine

Spot on and still young. Dark red color no bricking. Showing some secondary notes of charred wood and leather with light tobacco. Still tannic and could’ve used a decant. Great wine

9.5

Conrad Green Delectable Pro

Wonderfully balanced with lean blue fruit, graphite, pepper and a very clam and composed finish. Classy, and open for business.

Wonderfully balanced with lean blue fruit, graphite, pepper and a very clam and composed finish. Classy, and open for business.

9.3

Bill Bender Delectable Pro

Wet cedar, blueberry compote, tobacco and spice. Classy.

Wet cedar, blueberry compote, tobacco and spice. Classy.

9.2

Madison Murphy Delectable Pro

Co-owner Presqu'ile Winery

1996 is smoking

1996 is smoking

9.5

Richard Young Delectable Pro

Wine Specialist Christie's

Classic Claret

Classic Claret

9.4

Tom Wark Delectable Pro

Blogger/Educator fermentationwineblog.com, Founder American Wine Consumers Coalition

Stunning! Another 20 + years on this baby

Stunning! Another 20 + years on this baby

9.7

Greg Borden Delectable Pro

Sommelier/Wine Director Mas Farmhouse & Mas Grillade

One word to some up this wine: Derp.

One word to some up this wine: Derp.

7.7

Stephen Rosemire Delectable Pro

96 leoville...wound up like a watch piece

96 leoville...wound up like a watch piece

Mick Farrell

Smooth with Chef Jean Michel with view of Birdrock break...

Smooth with Chef Jean Michel with view of Birdrock break...

9.5

Raye Ackerman

Starting to soften just a bit so we let it open a bit longer and it came around. Wonderful flavours in this still.

Starting to soften just a bit so we let it open a bit longer and it came around. Wonderful flavours in this still.

9.3

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