|Ch. Leoville Las Cases
8/02. Bought at auction, Jul-97 for $150 (current market price about $200).
Quiet en deux Friday night dinner at home:
Four types of mushrooms in sour-cream. Crispy duck in honey and spices, with Dauphinee potatoes. Watermelon
COLOR: Very dark ruby. Some clearing around the rim. Plenty of sediment.
NOSE: Very deep and concentrated, though not a 'huge' nose. Captivating clean aromas of black fruit and chocolate, sprinkled with black pepper. Not much cedar or pencil-tip tones. Oak is definitely felt but is in beautiful harmony with the other elements.
TASTE: Classic and smooth on the palate, with depth of sweetish flavors. Multi-dimensional yet very focused. Concentrated, winey and superbly tasty. Mouthfilling with good acidity and soft round tannins.
LENGTH: Very long and reverberating finish.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Medium-full bodied wine that is as elegant and composed as it is seductive and tasty. Silky, well structured wine, with fine backbone. Beautifully balanced and more forward than the last bottle I've tasted two years ago.
OVERALL: Outstanding! A truly impressive Bordeaux. Very drinkable now but needs a few more years to reach its absolute peak.
|MARK: 19/20.||BUY MORE? Yes.|
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