|Bordeaux||1990||Léoville Las Cases|
Ex Chateau, 2022 Release
|BT||1 \ 6||18||4,400.00||12||18||488.88887466667||96.00||96.00||Leoville Las Cases||0.75||10|
|Wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.|
As one might expect, this is a brilliant wine, but it remains shockingly young, even for the fast evolving 1990s. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by a classic, nearly restrained set of aromatics that includes notions of sweet black cherries, black currants, lead pencil, and wet stones. In the mouth, it is full-bodied, and while technically low in acidity, there is a freshness, delineation, and classicism in this full-throttle, rich, concentrated, impeccable 1990. While still youthful, it is easy to appreciate despite its substantial tannins. It is not quite as backward as the 1990 Lafite Rothschild or 1990 Latour. Anticipated maturity: now-2035.
The Chateau Leoville Las-Cases 1990 continues to be a monumental wine, one of the finest of that era. Tasted blind at a private dinner, it retains that misleading, Pauillac bouquet with great intensity, the secondary aromas swarming…rolled tobacco, undergrowth, graphite and Provencal herbs. The palate is beautifully balanced with melted, autumnal, tertiary fruit and great weight towards the persistent finish. It has a dimension and a breeding that puts the 1989 in the shade. Wonderful.
My notes on the 1989 and 1990 wines have been consistent over the last three years. The 1989 continues to lose ground, although it is obviously an outstanding wine, while the 1990 continues to escalate in quality. The 1990 continues to put on weight and richness, and it now clearly appears to be the superior vintage for Leoville-Las-Cases. The 1990 reveals a dense, dark purple color, followed by a sweet, pure nose of black fruits, minerals, lead pencil, and vanillin. Broad, expansive flavors come across as rich, pure, and concentrated, but never heavy or coarse. Beautifully integrated tannin and acidity are barely noticeable in this classic, full-bodied, velvety-textured, youthful yet exceptional St.-Julien. The 1990 is more fun to taste than the 1989, but readers should not interpret that comment to suggest it is ready to drink. This wine needs another 5-6 years of cellaring, after which it should last for 20-25 years.
I am now convinced that the 1990 Leoville-Las Cases is superior to the 1989. It has put on more weight and is developing the thick opulence possessed by the 1982. The wine is full-bodied, with a fabulous, cedary, black currant and vanilla-scented nose, and sweet, expansive flavors. With sensational purity and delineation, the 1990 gets my nod as one of the three greatest Leoville-Las Cases made in the post-World War II era. Although it surpasses the 1989, it is not yet at the level of the 1986 or 1982. It should prove to be timeless in its evolution and development. Lovers of young, rich, exuberant, pure wines can drink it now, but it will not hit its plateau of maturity for another decade.