1991 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien

SKU #1029034

The properties along the Gironde River had little or no frost in 1991, so they represent some of the best values from the Old wine World. This wine is stunning. (Clyde Beffa Jr, K&L Wines) This star of the 1991 vintage must be tasted by anyone who loves perfectly mature, classic Bordeaux. Earth, mineral, cedar, herbs and spices mingling together in an almost exotic fashion. On the palate there are hints of tea, plums, roasted herbs, cherries, mineral and spice all done up in satin and silk. Its long, gently persistent finish reminds us why we age great wine. (Steve Bearden, K&L Wines) Robert Parker: "A terrific success in this difficult vintage, Las Cases's forward 1991 is close to full maturity, revealing flattering scents of tobacco, cassis, and toasty oak. Medium-bodied, with excellent concentration and ripeness, it is hard to believe this wine could have come from a vintage such as 1991." (10/95) Wine Spectator: "A mouthful of fruit in this full-bodied red, featuring masses of mint, berry and cherry flavors, velvety tannins and long finish. One of the best '91s. Really delicious for the Médoc in an off year. Best after 1997." (02/96)

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/5/2010  | Send Email
We opened this wine at dinner with our direct import Champagne producers who were able to make the trek to California after the incredible Hollywood Champagne Tent Event in October. It took some time to open, but was fantastic with the steak dinner. Tobacco, cedar, herbs and spice dominated the nose. The palate was layered with spice, dried fruit, cedar, herbs and an underlying minerality. Some lingering acidity let it stand up to the steaks, but was soft and supple on its own. This wine still has some aging potential, but is just beautiful right now.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Saint Julien

- St. Julien, the smallest of the four famous appellations of the Haut Medoc, is known for highly extracted, finely structured, Cabernet-based reds. It is nestled between Pauillac to the north and Margaux to the south. Like St. Estephe, there are no first growths in this area. Leoville-las-Cases, Leoville Poyferre, Leoville Barton, Ducru Beaucaillou, and Gruard Larose are the second-growths of St. Julien followed by Lagrange which is the only third-growth. Beychevelle, Branaire Ducru, St. Pierre, and Talbot, which are all fourth-growth wines, round out the grand cru classe chateaux. In the last several vintages, wineries from this appellation have been out-performing their traditional rankings making many of the wines from this region some of the best values in red wine today.