Chateau Leoville-Las Cases Saint-Julien 1988


From a late, difficult vintage (harvest didn’t come in until October), the 1988 Leoville Las Cases is nevertheless a beautiful wine that’s drinking fabulous well today. Ripe currants, green tobacco, cedarwood, and loads of spice all emerge from this medium-bodied, fresh, elegant, yet oh, so charming Saint-Julien. It’s not getting any better, but still has plenty of life. Drink it any time over the coming 7-8 years.

Jeb Dunnuck: 93 pts; WA: 92 pts.