1985 Leoville-Las Cases Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L

  • WS 98
  • WA 93

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WS 98
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, September 1996
A fabulous wine; one of the first great Las Cases. Full-bodied and rich with the tannins extremely well integrated into an impressive background of fruit. Give it time.--Cabernet Challenge. Best after 2004.
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 1998
This is one of my favorite vintages of Las Cases for present day consumption. The wine reveals a youthful deep ruby/purple color followed by a classic Las Cases bouquet of pain grille lead pencil minerals and ripe black... This is one of my favorite vintages of Las Cases for present day consumption. The wine reveals a youthful deep ruby/purple color followed by a classic Las Cases bouquet of pain grille lead pencil minerals and ripe black currants. Medium to full-bodied with outstanding concentration and soft tannin this is a classic fleshy 1985 that reveals none of the potential dilution noticeable in many wines from this vintage. At one time I thought this might turn out to be a modern day clone of the 1953 but it possesses a lot more flesh and intensity. Anticipated maturity: Now-2015. Last tasted 3/97</P>
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 1985

Label

The Grand Vin is the product of exceptional terroirs from the heart of the original Leoville estate. These are located mainly in the Clos Leoville-Las Cases, which you pass as you leave the village of Saint-Julien for Pauillac. They extend over nearly 60 hectares producing Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc with a complex, polished expression and characteristics which are totally unique to the Grand Vin of Las Cases.

Winery

Leoville-Las Cases

One of the oldest Medoc estates, Domaine de Leoville belonged to some of the wealthiest and most influential noble French families before it was acquired by the Las Cases family. Like many properties after the French Revolution, the estate was divided between 1826 and 1840 into the three Leovilles we know today: Leoville-Las Cases, Leoville-Poyferre and Leoville-Barton.

Chateau Leoville-Las Cases was created, thanks to a kind of birthright, from three-fifths of the original estate, including the very heart of the property. The Grand Vin has therefore been sourced from the best part of the original terroir since the 17th century.

Pierre Jean, Adolphe, and Gabriel de Las Cases were successive heirs to the property until 1900, when Theophile Skawinski purchased a share in the estate and became its manager. Leoville-Las Cases has now been managed by the same family since the late 19th century and is today represented by Jean-Hubert Delon, sole owner of the chateau and proprietor of Chateau Potensac in the Medoc and Chateau Nenin in Pomerol.