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Léoville Las Cases 1996

Label
RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Julien
ColourRed
TypeStill
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Merlot

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Also available in the following mixed case:
Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux1996Léoville Las Cases

Ex Chateau, 2021 Release

BT0 \ 663,280.0012100 JA6364.444444100.00100.00Leoville Las Cases0.7510
Bordeaux1996Léoville Las Cases

Ex Chateau, 2022 Release

BT1 \ 0123,280.0012100 JA12364.444444100.00100.00Leoville Las Cases0.7510
Bordeaux1996Léoville Las Cases

Ex Chateau, 2022 Release

MG1 \ 063,450.006100 JA6383.33333333333100.00100.00Leoville Las Cases1.510
Bordeaux1996Léoville Las CasesJR222,250.00bt100 JA2450100.00100.00Leoville Las Cases510
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Tasting Notes

I think we can officially declare 25 years as being the sweet spot for Léoville Las Cases - at least in slow-ageing vintages such as 1996, which is so perfectly suited to Cabernet Sauvignon. Still full-bodied and concentrated even now, but generous also, with cassis, tobacco and cigarbox smoke softening the edges of flint-chiselled tannic frame. As I said during the Berry Bros supper where we opened this wine, Las Cases can be almost Burgundian-like in how elusive it is (in this case because of how stubborn and tannic it can prove), but when you get the one bottle that sings, it's all worth it. This more than proves the point. Michel Delon owner at the time.

100
Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, November 2021

My tasting notes for this wine begin with the following words "wow, wow, wow!" I had been looking forward to retasting this 1996 since I had it in spring, 1997, and I was not disappointed by its evolution. The wine possesses an opaque purple color, and an attention-getting, staggering, sweet nose that offers the essence of black currant fruit, kirsch, and minerals as well as the essence of Leoville-Las-Cases's personality. It is fabulously concentrated, with the sur-maturite (over-ripeness) of Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the wine's most undeniable hallmarks. When measured, the tannin level is extremely high, but you would never know that when tasting this wine because of the massive amount of extract, purity, and virtually perfect equilibrium. Despite its rare combination of unbridled power and complexity, this wine has beaucoup de finesse, as well as a finish that lasts close to 45 seconds. A candidate for a perfect rating, it is a modern day legend in the making. Will it surpass the 1986 and 1982? Time will tell. Only 40% of the total harvest was used in the 1996, with the final blend containing a slightly higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon than usual. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2030.

98+
Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

Dark crimson. Mellow, quite layered, interesting nose though a slightly green topnote. Good balance the very aromatic and supple. A good drink already. Sweet start almost disguises the tannins underneath which are not the supplest. Drink 2006-16

17
Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, September 2006
93
Farr Vintners, 1996 Bordeaux Blind Tasting 8/9/2006, September 2006
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98
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (122), April 1999
98/100
Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

The wine possesses an opaque purple color, and an attention-getting, staggering, sweet nose that offers the essence of black currant fruit, kirsch and minerals as well as the essence of Leoville-Las-Cases's personality. It is fabulously concentrated, with the sur-maturite (over-ripeness) of Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the wine's most undeniable hallmarks. When measured, the tannin level is extremely high, but you would never know that when tasting this wine because of the massive amount of extract, purity, and virtually perfect equilibrum. Despite its rare combination of unbridled power and complexity, this wine has beaucoup de finesse, as well as a finish that lasts close to 45 seconds. A candidate for a perfect rating, it is a modern day legend in the making. Will it surpass the 1986 and 1982? Time will tell. Only 40% of the total harvest was used in the 1996, with the final blend containing a slightly higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon than usual.
Anticipated maturity : 2008-2030.

98/100
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (115), February 1998
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