Leoville Las Cases 1986
Tasting Notes and Scores
The late Michel Delon always thought that this was the greatest vintage he had produced. We often tasted it side by side with the 1982, because I always preferred the latter vintage. Of course, the two vintages are quite different in style, with the 1986 a monument to classicism, with great tannin, extraordinary delineation, and a huge, full-bodied nose of sweet, ripe cassis fruit intermixed with vanilla, melon, fruitcake, and a multitude of spices. The wine has always been phenomenally concentrated, yet wonderfully fresh and vigorous. The wine still seems young, yet it is hard to believe it is not close to full maturity. It is a great example of Leoville Las Cases, and another compelling reason to take a serious look at the top Cabernet Sauvignon-based Medocs of 1986. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2035. Last tasted, 9/02.
Robert Parker (Bordeaux Book, 4th Edition Jan 2003)
This has always been one of my favourite wines from the estate, Michel Delon’s favourite – but it continues to be a beast of a wine. Deep, almost opaque in colour, it has a powerful bouquet of blackberry, graphite, sous-bois and cigar box that takes its time to open. The palate has solid, rigid tannins that support its saturnine black fruit. There is incredible volume and dimension to this wine although compared to recent bottles it appears to be softening just a little on the finish. Yet it will never lose its masculine nature and is not a Bordeaux for those seeking lush, comforting fruit. Tasted November 2012.
– eRobertParker.com, Wine Journal May 2013