1975 Leoville Las Cases

RP 92 / WS 88

It is fashionable, as well as often justifiable, to criticize this slowly evolving vintage where disappointments outweigh successes, particularly in the Medoc. Perhaps some of the Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines will behave like 1955s or 1928s, but Leoville-Las Cases is unquestionably one of the stars of the vintage. The murky dark ruby/purple/garnet color is followed by a nose with a pronounced mineral/wet stone component intermingled with ripe, earthy, berry fruit (red and black currants galore). Still ferociously tannic to the point of astringency, this medium to full-bodied, concentrated wine reveals no signs of color degradation. The wine is intense and chewy, but still tough-textured. Those who like wines with considerable grip and tannic bite will enjoy this wine at present, but it remains a young wine that has not moved out of adolescence. Anticipated maturity: 1996-2010+

Robert Parker -Wine Advocate
$149 bottle