1996 Leoville Lascases

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Average critic rating : 95.0 points



Having previously rated it nearly perfect, I was apprehensive of a letdown about tasting the 1996 Leoville Las Cases once it had been bottled, but that concern was quickly dismissed once I put my nose in the glass. A profound Leoville Las Cases, it is one of the great modern day wines of Bordeaux. This wine's hallmark remains a sur-maturite (over-ripeness) of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Yet the wine has retained its intrinsic classicism, symmetry, and profound potential for complexity and elegance. The black/purple color is followed by a spectacular nose of cassis, cherry liqueur, pain grille, and minerals. It is powerful and rich on the attack, with beautifully integrated tannin, massive concentration, yet no hint of heaviness or disjointedness. As this wine sits in the glass it grows in stature and richness. It is a remarkable, seamless, palate-staining, and extraordinarily elegant wine - the quintessential St.-Julien. Despite the sweetness of the tannin, I would recommend cellaring this wine for 7-8 years. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2035.|| Wine Advocate.April, 1999



Incredible nose of blackberry, mineral, cedar and currant. Full-bodied, with silky and refined tannins and a medium caressing finish. It's a beautiful wine that begs to be drunk now but will age and improve for a long time.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now. James Suckling,Wine Spectator 2007.

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Château Léoville-Lascases is one of the leading estates in all Bordeaux and, along with Ch. Ducru-Beaucaillou , is the best estate in St Julien. It likes at the northern tip of the St Julien appellation, bordering the great vineyard of Château Latour . The blend is typical for St Julien: the wine is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon (65%) with the rest of the blend made up of Merlot (19%), Cabernet Franc (13%) and Petit Verdot (3%).

Château Léoville-Lascases is the largest of the Léoville estates. Significantly, the majority of the vineyards lie on the Gironde side of the D2 – the road that stretches up the left bank from the city of Bordeaux to St Estèphe – and the “grand clos”, the heart of Léoville-Lascases lies in one 50 hectare block immediately south of the vines of Ch. Latour. Two further wines are made: Clos du Marquis and Le Petit Lion de Lascases. Clos du Marquis comes from specific vineyard plots that intermingle with those of Léoville-Poyferré and Léoville-Barton, whilst Le Petit Lion de Lascases, introduced in 2008, is more of a typical second wine.

Classed as a deuxième grand cru or second growth in the 1855 classification, Léoville-Lascases is often cited as a candidate for promotion to first growth status. In top vintages the property can produce some outstanding wines – Robert Parker rates the 1986 as a 100 point wine, and the 2009, 2005, 2000 and 1996 all score 98 or 98+. What is also remarkable is the consistency: Léoville-Lascases will always produce excellent wines, even in the most difficult vintages.

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