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WTN: Ch. Leoville-Las-Cases (St. Julien) 1985

by David Lole » Wed Apr 19, 2006 11:34 pm

After opening the super '85 Ch. Canon the other night, I invited a couple of good friends (both knowledgeable wine drinkers) over last night (for me) to make a relatively fresh comparison. Still a very deep ruby with virtually no bricking. Powerful, masculine, minerally (almost ferrous) bouquet housing a brooding, classy mix of graphite, deep-set curranty fruit, briar, black olives, herbs and plenty of newish savoury oak. "Lots going on here", was Tony's first remark as he nosed the Riedel. Jamie's "Ahhh .... Bordeaux!", was also a good start (the wine had been decantered sometime before and obviously masked). From the outset, we were all surprised and most impressed by this wines' enormity and youthfulness, particularly for the vintage. If anything, the palate has quite a way to go to reach maturity. Again, fantastic quality of savoury fruit and oak, more of the brooding mineral/briar/olive character, of full body, excellent delineation, robust, firm tannins and great length. Over the next hour or two we sniffed, swirled and sipped our way through this Outstanding bottle of St. Julien until there was no more. My best sip was the last. Drink 2011-2025.

Otto, I reckon you'd like this one too, although it's at the other end of the spectrum to the '85 Canon.
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Re: TN: Ch. Leoville-Las-Cases (St. Julien) 1985

by Jenise » Thu Apr 20, 2006 12:08 pm

David, you just described why LLC is one of my favorite Bordeauxs. Sounds like the 85 is faring especially well for the vintage.
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Re: TN: Ch. Leoville-Las-Cases (St. Julien) 1985

by Otto » Thu Apr 20, 2006 3:43 pm

David Lole wrote:
Otto, I reckon you'd like this one too, although it's at the other end of the spectrum to the '85 Canon.


On the basis of the all too few LLCs, I would say also that yes I would like it. It may be of a different style to Canon but that's only natural as they are in different appellations - but both make well structured, savoury, classic Claret. Thanks again for an excellent note! But you are making me very jealous drinking all this aged stuff: I just drank my last mature wine with a friend and am now stuck with only youthful stuff.
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Re: TN: Ch. Leoville-Las-Cases (St. Julien) 1985

by David Lole » Thu Apr 20, 2006 4:55 pm

If Australia ever offers/justifies a work-related excuse to visit, I'd be more than happy to put you up for a few days and we can discuss your anxiety for aged wine (over a bottle or three, of course)! :wink: :lol:
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Re: TN: Ch. Leoville-Las-Cases (St. Julien) 1985

by Otto » Fri Apr 21, 2006 1:54 pm

David Lole wrote:If Australia ever offers/justifies a work-related excuse to visit, I'd be more than happy to put you up for a few days and we can discuss your anxiety for aged wine (over a bottle or three, of course)! :wink: :lol:


Ok! I'll make sure I'll drop by some day ;)

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