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Léoville Las Cases 1997

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > St Julien
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Merlot

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Tasting Notes

Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (122), April 1999
Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

It is one of the more concentrated and complete, as well as best defined 1997s I tasted. It exhibits an opaque purple color, and the classic Las Cases aromatic profile (sweet black fruits, cherries, kirsch, vanillin, lead pencil, and minerals). Medium to full-bodied, with silky tannin, low acidity, and layers of concentration, the wine reveals considerable intensity in both the mid-palate and finish. In contrast to the nearly perfect, prodigiously rich, massive yet phenomenally well-balanced 1996, the 1997 has less weight and flavor dimension. Nevertheless, it is a compelling St-Julien that should drink well between 2000-2020. This should turn out to be one of the most concentrated and longest-lived wines of the vintage.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (116), April 1998
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