Leoville Las Cases 1985
Tasting Notes and Scores
Brilliant, fully mature yet beautifully elegant wine of first-growth quality, the 1985 Léoville Las-Cases, which has another decade of aging ability, although it is certainly à point, as the French would say.
-95pts Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, January 2005
The 1985 is a gorgeously open-knit Lascases with a sweet nose of lead pencil, sweet black cherries and currants, and a hint of underbrush and new oak. Medium-to-full-bodied with expansiveness, supple tannins, and outstanding concentration, this is a beautifully made wine that still tastes like it is an adolescent and may even have an ever greater upside as it continues to age. The low acidity and sweet tannins, however, suggest it has entered its plateau of maturity. Anticipated maturity: now-2018.
-Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003
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.
-Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998
Tasted blind. Always on the of finest Las-Cases of the 1980s, this bottle convinces with a complex, tightly-wound nose of blackberry, cedar, dried herbs, sous-bois and cigar box. The palate is full-bodied with firm, sinewy tannins, compact at first but fanning out wonderful towards a supple, lithe finish tinged with iodine. Marvellous. Drink now-2030.
-Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com, July 2010