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Château Léoville-Las Cases 1988

$1822.50 per bottle

  • $1822.50 per 1 bottle case -143% DISCOUNT

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The grand vin of Léoville-Las Cases was classified as one of the original fifteen Deuxièmes Crus (Second Growths) in the 1855 Bordeaux Wine Official Classification. The estate sits right on the northern edge of the Saint-Julien AOC, bordering the vineyards of Château Latour in Pauillac.

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The grand vin of Léoville-Las Cases was classified as one of the original fifteen Deuxièmes Crus (Second Growths) in the 1855 Bordeaux Wine Official Classification. The estate sits right on the northern edge of the Saint-Julien AOC, bordering the vineyards of Château Latour in Pauillac.

The 97-hectare vineyard is planted with 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, with the vines averaging 30 years of age. Between 180,000 and 200,000 bottles of the grand vin are produced each year.

"Léoville-Las Cases is unquestionably one of the great names and wines of Bordeaux. Since 1982, it has consistently been of first-growth quality, with some vintages superior to several first growths. The wines are generally deeply coloured, tannic, big, and concentrated, and potentially long-lived. Over recent years, they have also exhibited both power and elegance in a harmonious style. These traditional St-Juliens require patience, as they are ready to drink only after 10 to 15 years' ageing. If the 1855 classification were revised, Léoville-Las Cases would surely be a serious candidate for first-growth status."

— Robert Parker

James Suckling
James Suckling – Wine Spectator
95 Wow. Really youthful on the nose, with currant, blackberry, and hints of vanilla bean. Full bodied, with chewy tannins and lots of mint and fruit. Goes on for a long time. Surprisingly youthful. Give it a couple of years. So focused and beautiful. (2009 tasting)
Robert Parker
Robert Parker
  The 1988 is a star of the vintage. The full-intensity bouquet of pure black cherries and toasty new oak represents the classic aromatic profile of Las Cases. Beautifully balanced, medium-bodied, concentrated flavours exhibit wonderful ripeness and excellent tannins. The 1988 Leoville-Las Cases avoids the harsh, dry astringent tannins and vegetal taste of many 1988s. Today, the 1988 looks under-valued.
Name Château Léoville-Las Cases
Vintage 1988
Type Rouge / Red
Appellation Saint-Julien
Classification 2em Cru Classé (2nd growth)
Grape Varieties Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot; Cabernet Franc
Format 750ml
Average Age of Vines 35 years old
Production 216,000 bottles
Soil Siliceous gravel with clay and limestone underlay
Winemaking 12-20 days' fermentation in wooden, concrete and stainless steel vats.
Ageing 24 months' ageing in oak barrels (50-100% new oak)
Website http://www.leoville-las-cases.com/
Food Pairings Game Animals; Beef; Charcuterie
Occasions Romantic Dinner; Celebrations; Business Dinner; Anniversary
When to Drink Enjoy over the next 20 Years