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Chateau Leoville is one of the first 15 ‘second growth’ wineries, classified in Bordeaux in 1855. However, critics agree that they consistently produce wines of ‘first growth’ quality. The estate is nestled in the far north of Saint Julien with vineyards adjoining those of Chateau Latour in Pauillac. Leoville is famous for deeply concentrated wines with big tannins and good longevity. Their wines are a harmonious display of power and elegance.
1988 was another classic vintage in the Medoc region of Bordeaux. There were no spring frosts and it was a warm, dry summer with less than average rainfall. Fine conditions during harvest allowed careful selection of optimally ripe fruit. The nose is fresh with ripe aromas of black cherries, currants, vanilla bean and toasty oak. Chewy, ripe tannins enhance the full body and add to the excellent length. The palate is very well balanced with a medium body and excellent focus.
It is at optimum maturity now, but as with many great Bordeaux wines, it will keep for years to come.
1988 Chateau Leoville Las Cases is an ideal match to an earthy mushroom and game casserole or roasted duck.