Superb Morey Villages that needed a bit of time in the cellar to open up some. All the power of a Morey with freshness and elegance, nice pure fruit, lovely and silky tannins, long delicious finish, really good especially given this cold 2011 vintage. 90-91 easy.
Superbe Morey Villages qui méritait du temps en cave pour s’adoucir un peu et s’ouvrir. Toute la structure d’un Morey avec du beau fruit très pur et des tannins veloutés sur une finale persistante, fraîcheur et élégance aussi, vraiment très bon, compte tenu du millassez froid aussi. 90-91
— 6 days ago
Very smooth, nice with steak — a month ago
This is such an incredible wine. So pure. Elegant. Clean as a whistle. Yellow fruits. Peaches. Brown sugar. Huge minerals. Hint of honey. Palate is ridiculously elegant and textured. Intense mineral finish. Juicy and thunderous. Incredible freshness and deep finish. This wine has gears. What a palate. 1st, 2nd and 3rd gear in this wine. Incredible finish! Wow. Something else. — 2 months ago
Quite sweet. Surprisingly still tasty. — 3 months ago
Every major holiday demands a celebratory wine. This Saturday Labor Day weekend, it’s a 1986 Leoville Las Cases.
The other weekend, we had Ribcap’s with a good Bordeaux & Napa Cabernet but, it was not what I was looking for with an Allen Brothers Ribcap. Allen Brothers steaks are the top 1% of beef in the country.
This 86 Leoville Las Cases started slow but, in short order excelled. The cork (not from my storage) made me hesitate to an extended decant. Even with the Durand corkscrew, it was a little tricky to remove the cork. However, the wine was still sound.
My favorite pairing is a Ribcap & an old Bordeaux. For me, no meal is slower or better. I grew up the youngest in a family of seven...raised by a single mother. My father passed away while I was four months conceived. So, we ate fast and fought for every scrap.
The nose reveals classic Bordeaux notes & style. Ripe, funky barnyard fruits of; cooked; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, strawberries, black plum, dark cherries, slight dry cranberries, pomegranate, blueberries & rhubarb. Steeped tea, cola/red licorice, anise, golden brown to slightly burnt pie crust, dark, rich, turned earth, dry stones, limestone, cedar notes, old tobacco, underbrush, graphite, dry crushed rocks, dry top soil, bay leaf, hints of eucalyptus/mint, old, soft leather, touch of mushrooms, just a hint of band-aid/va, with bright, fresh & withering; dark, red, blue, purple flowers framed is soft violets.
The palate is; smooth, elegant, ripe and juicy. The 86 still shows some baby, slightly tarry & teethe tannins. The structure, tension, balance and length are incredible. This 86 has years of life ahead of it if you enjoy them at this age and older as I do. Ripe, funky barnyard fruits of; cooked; blackberries, dark cherries, black, strawberries, black plum, dark cherries, slight dry cranberries, pomegranate, blueberries, faint raspberries notes, & rhubarb. Steeped tea, cola/red licorice, anise, golden brown to slightly burnt pie crust, crispy toast, dark, rich, turned earth, dry river stones, charcoal w/ ash, limestone/sandstone, dry clay, cedar notes, old tobacco with ash, underbrush, graphite, dry crushed rocks, dry top soil, bay leaf, some vegetal characteristics, hints of eucalyptus/mint, old, soft leather, touch of mushrooms, used expresso grounds, dark chocolate, caramel, mocha powder, hints of band-aid/va, with bright, fresh & withering; dark, red, blue, purple flowers framed is soft violets. The acidity is a gentle rain shower and perfect. The long finish defines elegance, balance in fruit & earth, well knitted and goes on for several minutes in perfect harmony ending with dry earth & juiciness over the top.
What a treat it is to drink Bordeaux of this age & older. I love the style of 80’s Bordeaux and really appreciate the 12-13% ABV of that decade. Wish that never changed.
Not sure this makes it to 2060 but, there is still plenty of life in it. Don’t be afraid to decant it 1-2 hours without question on well stored bottles.
Photos of; Chateau Leoville Las Cases, old large wood vats, their archway you see as you enter the property from the D2 & staff working their Estate vines. — 21 days ago
2008 vintage. Alex and Cheryl got this for their wedding in 2012. Not particularly brown yet. Red berries, blackberry, hint of mint, licorice, vanilla. Tannins have softened. — 4 months ago
Red brown colour. Tannin fully resolved. Good balance.
Tobacco and coffee on nose and palate. Typical Bordeaux. Not as complex as expected — 3 days ago
N.V. Dessert Wine. This was the D.H. Lescombes Ratafia (not the identified wine). Sweet and honeyed. Very good. — 14 days ago
Left this one a little long. Color tinged with brown and nose showing lots of prune and raisins. Still lovely tannin structure so very enjoyable drink. — a month ago