Château Léoville Las Cases - St.-Julien 2003 (750ml)


Price: $347.00

Sale Price: $279.00

Producer Château Léoville Las Cases
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Subregion St.-Julien
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 2003
Sku 7536
Size 750ml

Decanter: 96 Points

A record temperature of 48 degrees was recorded at the estate's weather station during the baking summer of 2003. There were more than 50 days of record heat not even dropping below 30 degrees during the night. The pH climbed up to 3.62 compared to its usual 3.5 but as you might expect even this hasn't entirely tamed the bite of Léoville. But it works - there isn't a trace of the heat you feel in many 2003 wines from Bordeaux. It's still full of life and tasting absolutely delicious right now. If you have reservations about Léoville's ability to welcome you in this is the vintage to try. Pencil lead and slate give the character of the soils while liquorice black cherry blueberry and bitter dark chocolate add gourmet notes that you rarely see in a 15-year-old Léoville. An excellent wine not with the staying power of some years but still head and shoulders above most 2003s.


Wine Advocate: 95 Points

One of the successes of the vintage the 2003 Léoville Las Cases becomes more and more reminiscent of the 1982 as it ages. Wafting from the glass with aromas of cassis pencil shavings petroleum jelly and vanilla pod it's medium to full-bodied with a broad fleshy profile and a concentrated core of fruit framed by ripe velvety tannins. It's undeniably high pH in profile but not to excess.

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