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.
Wow. Really youthful on the nose, with currant, blackberry and hints of vanilla bean. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and lots of mint and fruit. Goes on for a long time. Surprisingly youthful. Give it a couple of years. So focused and beautiful.
95 points, James Suckling, Wine Spectator, 2009
This wine continues to show brilliantly and is certainly a more successful effort than the more renowned and expensive 1989. The color is a dark, murky garnet/purple. The wine shows notes of underbrush, fruitcake, cedar, black cherries, and currants. The wine still shows some moderate tannins in the mouth, but the fruit is sweet, the wine is expansive, and the overall impression is of a very symmetrical, medium to full-bodied, rather classic Medoc.
92 points, Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003.
The 1988s are drinking beautifully at the moment and the Las-Cases is no exception. It has an exuberant nose of blackberry, brambly bushes, woodland, cedar and a touch of crushed stone with very fine precision. The palate is not powerful but very focused with a powdery texture, good acidity and crisp blackberry and raspberry fruit interlaced with cigar box, thyme and cedar... a lovely Saint Julien that should hold up well for another decade.
90 points, Neal Martin, Wine Journal, July 2011
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.