In describing the historic 2005 Château Léoville Las Cases — what critics believe to be the vintage’s greatest Super Second — Robert Parker wrote, “Another titanic effort from the Delon family, the 2005 Léoville Las Cases is probably the greatest wine made at this estate since Jean-Hubert Delon’s father produced the 1986 and 1996.” Wine Spectator called it “breathtaking.” Antonio Galloni considers it “a wine for the ages.” James Suckling raved about the “stunningly complex and complete nose” of this “phenomenal” wine.
We’ve been sitting on a half-case of the 2005 Las Cases since 2008. Last Monday, we grilled a ribeye Willie Stargell-Pittsburgh rare, drizzled it with virgin olive oil, then cracked the black pepper. We popped the cork two hours before we lit the grill, decanted the 2005, and spent the next four hours with the most mesmerizing Saint-Julien of our lives.
On Tuesday morning — feeling no pain — we made a call to Bordeaux. Then another. Finally a third, when we hit pay dirt.
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