Château Léoville-Las Cases

Grand Vin de Leoville du Marquis de las Cases Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend

9.32492 ratings
9.3621 pro ratings
St. Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
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Greg Koslosky

A great 1982 with the structure to age another ten years . A great vintage for Leoville and this was from a high shoulder fill .

A great 1982 with the structure to age another ten years . A great vintage for Leoville and this was from a high shoulder fill .

Jan 2nd, 2023
Gregory Fulchiero

Thanks Guy

Thanks Guy

Dec 4th, 2022
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9.3

The bottle of 1982 Léoville Las-Cases was sadly out of condition, though fortunately I tasted another example at a private dinner in Bordeaux a few weeks later. To be honest, I have always preferred the 1985 or 1986 to this vintage, and this gives me no reason to change my mind. It has a surliness on the nose that is uncharacteristic of this vintage, tightly wound tertiary scents, melted tar and pencil shavings. The palate is full-bodied with fine grip, dense and quite powerful, yet it is more impressive than pleasurable. The aforementioned vintages have pulled away from the 1982 in recent years, though it remains a very fine Saint-Julien. It just needs to turn its frown upside down. Tasted at the 1982 Dinner at Hatched. (Neal Martin, Vinous, September 2022)

The bottle of 1982 Léoville Las-Cases was sadly out of condition, though fortunately I tasted another example at a private dinner in Bordeaux a few weeks later. To be honest, I have always preferred the 1985 or 1986 to this vintage, and this gives me no reason to change my mind. It has a surliness on the nose that is uncharacteristic of this vintage, tightly wound tertiary scents, melted tar and pencil shavings. The palate is full-bodied with fine grip, dense and quite powerful, yet it is more impressive than pleasurable. The aforementioned vintages have pulled away from the 1982 in recent years, though it remains a very fine Saint-Julien. It just needs to turn its frown upside down. Tasted at the 1982 Dinner at Hatched. (Neal Martin, Vinous, September 2022)

Sep 30th, 2022
Gilbert Van Hassel

Lead pencil and red fruit. Medium body keeps on evolving in the glass. Superb effort still ways to go.

Lead pencil and red fruit. Medium body keeps on evolving in the glass. Superb effort still ways to go.

Jul 14th, 2022
David Kline

2005. Portobello, loamy soil, blackberry, black cherry, violets, oyster shell, black peppercorn, grilled beef on the nose. Black and red currant, slight grapiness, cedar bark, pencil, black olive, wheat toast, fine tabac, clove, red cherry. Pointy in places, but really holding together in terms of age.


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2005. Portobello, loamy soil, blackberry, black cherry, violets, oyster shell, black peppercorn, grilled beef on the nose. Black and red currant, slight grapiness, cedar bark, pencil, black olive, wheat toast, fine tabac, clove, red cherry. Pointy in places, but really holding together in terms of age.


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Jun 9th, 2022
Bob McDonald

See previous note from 96 weeks ago where I said that I would drink the last one when my son Hugh was home from NY (born 1987) which came to pass last night. Overall not as impressive as the previous tasting but retains its silky tannin structure. Very dark in colour - opaque. Notes of cassis and pipe tobacco - overall dusty without the depth of fruit of the previous tasting. Just medium bodied. Tasting Book recommend a drinking window till 2035 which I would not agree with. Leads me to think I will be drinking my bottles of 86 Mouton sooner rather than later.

See previous note from 96 weeks ago where I said that I would drink the last one when my son Hugh was home from NY (born 1987) which came to pass last night. Overall not as impressive as the previous tasting but retains its silky tannin structure. Very dark in colour - opaque. Notes of cassis and pipe tobacco - overall dusty without the depth of fruit of the previous tasting. Just medium bodied. Tasting Book recommend a drinking window till 2035 which I would not agree with. Leads me to think I will be drinking my bottles of 86 Mouton sooner rather than later.

Feb 21st, 2022
Mike Saviage

Tawny with amber rims and nearly opaque. Old Bordeaux nose with some funk on it. Notes of black cherry, spice, old wood, cut cigar and some barnyard floor. Fruit still present and part of the equation with tannins mostly faded. The barnyard notes seems to be brett to me as it becomes a bit more pronounced over the evening (but I’m not as affected by it as some). I liked this more than others.

Tawny with amber rims and nearly opaque. Old Bordeaux nose with some funk on it. Notes of black cherry, spice, old wood, cut cigar and some barnyard floor. Fruit still present and part of the equation with tannins mostly faded. The barnyard notes seems to be brett to me as it becomes a bit more pronounced over the evening (but I’m not as affected by it as some). I liked this more than others.

Apr 25th, 2021
David Langstaff

The age is apparent. Tannins so integrated they are not there. Opeend up after 4 hours. Was full, receded, then reopened.

The age is apparent. Tannins so integrated they are not there. Opeend up after 4 hours. Was full, receded, then reopened.

Apr 24th, 2021
Eric Grasser

Brambly red fruit, blueberry, cedar, tree sap. Lots of tannin. Medium-bodied. Still attractive but showing much gamey and underbrush influence

Brambly red fruit, blueberry, cedar, tree sap. Lots of tannin. Medium-bodied. Still attractive but showing much gamey and underbrush influence

Apr 23rd, 2021
Kirsten Spalding

Drunk review 4: I like this. Notes of black pepper, dry, earthy metals, medium body- not heavy, but not too light. Fall-like wine. I would pair this while petting a Labrador Retriever.

Drunk review 4: I like this. Notes of black pepper, dry, earthy metals, medium body- not heavy, but not too light. Fall-like wine. I would pair this while petting a Labrador Retriever.

Feb 15th, 2021