1966 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien

SKU #1094330 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted at the Las-Cases off-line at The Square. For a long time, one of my favourite vintages from the 1960’s, though this bottles suggests that it is beginning to fade. It has a typical nose of cigar box, smoke and even a touch of hickory that turns into Provencal herbs with time. There is something austere and dusty on the palate though the tannins remain quite rigid, lending it a foursquare but not disagreeable finish. It actually improves with further time in the glass and returning after an hour it is almost up to the standard previous bottles demonstrated a decade ago. Tasted February 2011. (NM, Wine Journal)  (6/2011)

Wine Spectator

 A solid, chewy wine, with focused black currant, vanilla and toast aromas and flavors. Not as long as it could be, but it's lively and still has room to grow. (HS)  (2/1999)

K&L Notes

Four stars from critic Michael Broadbent in his book Vintage Wine: "...Much liked in the early 1980s, svelte, with 'silky tannins, perfect length.' Three recent notes, one bottled by Nicolas, Paris: an impressive, hefty 'masculine' wine, hopelessly and inappropriately paired accompanying 'Santa Barbara Channel Spot Prawns with Ravioli of French Black Winter Truffles' at the Four Seasons of Los Angeles. Our generous host Stephen Kaplan should have known better, but perhaps it was the chef: they always want to show off and rarely understand wine! Most recently, on our annual winter holiday in St Bart's a perfect bottle dining with the Weisers at their beachside villa. Faultless." (Last tasted Feb. 2000)

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