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2003 Chateau Leoville Las Cases

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SKU: SK105569-750
NOTE: This is a pre-arrival.

"Incredible nose of crushed berry, licorice, violets and lightly toasted oak. Pure crème de cassis. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Solid. Best after 2011." Wine Spectator

"An incredibly fresh, lively 2003 (the pH is only 3.6 and the alcohol is 13.1%), this wine offers a dense ruby/purple color along with full body and a remarkable nose of black currants, kirsch, lead pencil shavings and vanilla. Opulent, full-bodied and close to full maturity, it is a seamless classic that will age for 15-20 more years. Kudos to the Delon family for such a brilliant achievement in a tricky vintage." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #214

"Full ruby-red. Plum, tar, cedar and nutty oak on the nose; less exotic than most '03s. Then massive and full on the palate; almost too big for the mouth. As silky as this is, it also possesses very good acidity for the vintage. Finishes with huge but lush tannins and superb length. The IPT here is 74, compared to 70 in 2005, and the alcohol is a tad higher, at 13.2%. A perfect vintage of Las Cases for tasters who normally find this wine too rigorous, but this still promises to be long-lived." Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com

"Notably dark. Unusually fresh fruit on the nose. Seems the least developed of this collection. There is certainly no shortage of tannins but the wine doesn't seem that different from any other vintage of Las Cases. Quite savoury with a hint of leather. Not for wimps but well made and seems to have an unusually long future ahead of it." JancisRobinson.com

"Ultra-concentrated, ripe and dense. Nose of spice and graphite, powerful attack, tight tannins and just a touch of bitterness. Awesomely dense and intense with rawer tannins at the stage than its neighbours, no doubt due to the very low yields (barely 20hl/ha). Probably has enough pulpy fruit to soften those mouth-puckering tannins, which are unusually sharp for this estate. Clearly a wine with abundant character." Michel Bettane/Thierry Desseauve, The World of Fine Wine, Issue 1
SKU: SK105569-750
COUNTRY : France
REGION : Bordeaux
PRODUCER : Chateau Leoville-Las Cases
FORMAT : 750ml

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