CHATEAU LÉOVILLE LAS CASES COLLECTOR CASE
Subtitled ‘Grape Varieties Limited Edition’ this case opens a unique window on either the 1986 or the 1988 vintage at this leading Saint-Julien property.
Each case contains two bottles of the Léoville Las Cases Grand Vin of 1986 or 1988, plus one bottle each of the grape varieties used in the blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, two Chateau-branded glasses, glass measuring cylinder, funnel and drop-stop.
You have the opportunity both to taste the components of the Grand Vin and to create your very own versions of Leoville Las Cases by varying the proportions of each grape variety. The collection comes superbly packaged in its own wooden case and would make the perfect gift for a serious wine-lover born in either 1986 or 1988.
The late Michael Delon always thought that this was the greatest vintage he had produced. We often tasted it side by side with the 1982, because I always preferred the latter vintage. Of course, the two vintages are quite different in style: the 1986 is a monument to classicism with great tannin, extraordinary delineation and a huge full-bodied nose of sweet, ripe cassis fruit intermixed with vanilla, melon, fruitcake and a multitude of spices. The wine has always been phenomenally concentrated yet wonderfully fresh and vigorous. The wine still seems young yet it is hard to believe it is not close to full maturity. It is a great example of Leoville Las Cases and another compelling reason to take a serious look at the top Cabernet Sauvignon-based Médocs of 1986. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2035.
100 points, Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), 2003
...still so youthful in appearance after 30 years, with only a thin bricking on the rim giving away its age. The bouquet is magnificent: extraordinarily pure and delineated, bewitching black fruit laced with cedar and graphite, the latter lending an almost Pauillac-like personality. The palate is exactly as I have found the previous dozen or so bottles I have tasted: structured, delineated, intense, aristocratic and imperious. It is less formidable than say, 10 years ago, so it has probably just stepped on to its drinking plateau. The acidity is perfectly judged, lending freshness and tension, crucial to counterbalance those layers of spicy black fruit that fan out with cedar and graphite (again) towards the finish. You come away with the feeling of having consumed a wine with immense energy, yet with so much more to give over the next three decades, and knowing this property, perhaps even the three decades after that! I would agree with the late Michel Delon: the 1986 Léoville Las-Cases is the summit of the 1980s. Drink 2016-2060.
98 points, Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, December 2016
Small but mighty, the appellation of St.-Julien, on Bordeaux’s Left Bank, has long enjoyed a reputation for exceptional quality and consistency. Compared to its neighbours in Bordeaux, St.-Julien produces the highest proportion of classified-growth wines, with more than three-quarters of the vineyards devoted to top-ranked producers. They include several “Super Second” chateaux and many other outstanding classified growths and Cru Bourgeois. Saint-Julien wines are beautifully balanced, with a great richness, depth of colour, and elegance. Cabernet Sauvignon prevails, with Merlot and Cabernet Franc used for blending in the classic Bordeaux style.