On Saturday several guys got together to taste a beautiful vertical of Chateau Leoville Las Cases at Mark Taylor’s house. We had a blast. The wines are incredibly consistent. Below are my notes. Thanks Mark for a great tasting.
Glass 1- A gorgeous open nose that floats from the glass. Entices. The fruit is darker and wrapped in earthy tones. Very vibrant. Also quite intense. The intensity of a first growth to me. Absolutely stunning!
Glass 2 - This one opens with some VA. The color is browning at the edges. Very ripe and now showing mainly those elements of forest floor and tobacco you get with some age. Nice finish.
Glass 3- This wine was dense and showed very nice fruit. The balance here is neither like the first glass nor the intensity. The other character of this was identical. Very nice.
Glass 4- Earthy fruit that is focused and has some tobacco overtones. The palate shows resolved tannin and goes on for some time on the finish. Again, this was quite good. Just not up to the intensity of number one.
Glass 5 - This showed the more feminine side of LLC to me. Very nice fruit. Focused with tobacco notes on the finish. This is very good.
Glass 6 - This is class in a glass. A beautiful nose of silky darker fruit that has tobacco and some elements of forest floor. The palate is so beautifully balanced and very long. This is my second favorite.
I guessed all of these right somehow so no need to put my guesses down. The 1990 is absolutely incredible.
_1. Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1990
2. Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1975
3. Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1989
4. Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1982
5. Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1981
6. Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1985
Glass 1- Magic. This wine has coffee and dark fruit on the nose. The palate is very full but bursts with complexity. An absolutely stunning finish. This is special. My guess was 2000
Glass 2- Younger nose and less ripe. Maybe a little green pepper here with aeration. The other elements are LLC. My guess was 04
Glass 3- Secondary notes on the nose. The fruit is dark and focused. Some element of tobacco to me. The palate is generous. This is a very good drink. Long finish but not like number one. My guess was 98
Glass 4- More secondary notes here. Lots of tobacco to me. Dark fruit. The palate is very nice but shows a little drying tannin. Extremely long in the mouth. My guess was 95
Glass 5- This is the densest wine of the group. Also to me the one with the most ripeness. This wine has stunning material but never really unwound. The finish is fantastic however. My guess was 2003
Glass 6 - This wine had a great nose. Young with some element of coffee and tobacco. Perfect balance. Very long finish. Amazing stuff. I guessed 2006.
_1. Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2003
2. Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2004
3. Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1998
4. Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1995
5. Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2006
6. Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2000
A wonderful tasting. Very consistent wines. The only wines that I found first growth intensity were the 1990 and 2003. I really love Leoville Las Cases.
Many thanks to Mark for the invitation!