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1988 Château Léoville Las Cases

St-Julien, 2me cru classé

Earliest anticipated arrival is Summer 2021 help

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$275.00 per Bottle


8 Bottles




"This tasting consisted of each of the varietal components of Las Cases, followed by the final blend for Léoville-Las Cases. The weedy 1988 Merlot reveals a light ruby color with some lightening at the edge. Aromas of herbal tea clash with sweet fruit in this medium-bodied, high acid wine. The elegant Cabernet Franc is outstanding. It offers a medium dark ruby color, followed by a super-intense, penetrating fragrance of minerals, blackcurrants, spice, and a subtle mint note, as well as finesse. This was an impressive showing for a varietal component. The tough, backward Cabernet Sauvignon is tannic and closed, revealing muscle and strength. Tasted alone, it is nothing more than a building block for the final wine. The disappointing Petit Verdot possesses a vegetal character, astringent, harsh tannin, hollowness, and a lack of fruit and charm. Remarkably, the 1988 Léoville-Las Cases has always been one of the most successful wines of the vintage. In this tasting it clearly outshone all its component parts. With a rich, spicy, fruitcake, cedary, cassis-scented nose, this medium-bodied, moderately tannic Las Cases offers attractive sweetness and suppleness on the palate, a well-delineated and focused personality, and a moderately tannic finish. The wine is just beginning to reveal some aromatic development. It will benefit from another 2-5 years of cellaring and will keep for 20+ years." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #101
(WA, 10/30/1995)

Rating: 92
Drink from: 1997-2015

"An outstanding Las Cases, though completely forgotten by many people. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and lovely tobacco, violet and berry aromas and flavors. Extremely fruity finish.--1988 Bordeaux horizontal. Best after 2000." Wine Spectator
(WS, 11/30/1998)

Rating: 92
Drink from: 2000

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