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1986 Chateau Leoville Las Cases Saint-Julien
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About Chateau Leoville Las Cases

At Chateau Leoville Las Cases, Manager Jean Hubert Delon's reputation--or better yet, notoriety--precedes him. A formidable man who governs the vines with an iron fist, Delon has struck fear into the heart of many an unassuming wine critic. His intensity has also driven the wines here to the doorstep of the First Growths, a prime reason why Las Cases is the foremost "Super Second."

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1986 Chateau Leoville Las Cases Saint-Julien

Producer: Chateau Leoville Las Cases
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
Origin: France
Region: Bordeaux
Appellation: Saint Julien

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97(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2002

($165-$300) Saturated dark ruby. Cassis, shoe polish, camphor and rose petal on the nose; this reminded me of a great vintage of Latour. Dense and extremely concentrated; explosive yet totally backward. There nothing playful about this infant claret. Finishes with extraordinary, slow-building persistence. Very serious juice; one of the great Bordeaux of the 1980s. Drink 2010 through 2035.

95 Points | Wine Spectator
97 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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07/07/2008
by WineNerd007
I was lucky enough to be able to drink this wine at a Calvert Woodley wine dinner at one of the best restaurants in the world, Citronelle. Incredible.
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11/11/2007
by Winedoctor
We had this wine again with steaks and the trimmings. I have one case left to go, and my impression is, though it is a complete wine now, the tannin says it's not ready to drink. The nose is somewhat mature with the cedar, leather, and spice notes one would expect, and the mouth-feel is wonderful with a long, long finish. This will be so much better in 4 or 5 years; my advice is to hold off...if you can.
It's a BOY!!!
05/25/2000
by Dr Willis
Wow, when it comes down to it, Grand Cru Bordeaux has no rival. I just popped the cork on my last bottle of 1986 LLC and it could rival any first growth! The texture was so smooth, yet the flavors were intense! Blackcurrants, cherries, oak,..... This wine defines complexity. My only regret, this wine is NOT READY!!!! The structure will take this wine another 20 years. I definitely recommend this for one's collection.

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