Chateau Leoville Las Cases Saint Julien 2003 Wine Review (NW)
Beautiful black cherry, violets, and licorice on the nose
Full bodied and smooth texture on the palate
Long, velvety finish with berries, more floral notes, and toasty oak
This wine is harmonious and beautifully integrated, even in its youth. Everything works together within a smooth profile that is easy to drink and delicious. This "second growth" Bordeaux in the 1855 Classification is widely considered to be a super second above all other classifed red Bordeaux except the five "first growth" wines.
Within the past decade, critics have heaped praise upon this chateau and have scored it among the highest in the world. It has a reputation to age gracefully like many of the other great chateaux, but this one is also great in its youth. There are no hard edges or puckering tannins and it exudes class. While no steal, its $200 price tag is a fraction of the big five. Raise a glass!