The 2005 Léoville-Las-Cases is one of my favorite wines of the night. Now, after 17 years, the 2005 is in a place where it is not a crime to open a bottle. Elegant and regal in bearing, the 2005 Las-Cases is simply everything Las-Cases can and should be. This is a great, great bottle. I loved it.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2055
Robert Parker 97
This is a prodigious effort. A blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Merlot and Cabernet Franc (only 37% of the crop qualified for Las Cases), this dense ruby/purple wine has a stunningly pure bouquet of dark fruit, wet rocks, graphite, and subtle background toast/vanillin. Full-bodied, masculine, and very deep and concentrated, this titanic effort is at least 8-10 years away from its plateau of maturity. The Delon family have produced another legend. Anticipated maturity: 2023-2050+.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2050
Dark crimson. Rather a raw, coarse note on the nose – slightly under-seasoned oak? Bright cassis flavours but that rawness again. See my note about the second wine, Clos du Marquis. This had the second lowest average score of this flight.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020