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Château Léoville-Las-Cases, St-Julien, 2nd growth 1983
Even, dense, deep purple colour. Very pure and classy cabernet fruit on the nose. A touch of cedar component on the palate, but really dominated by ripe, concentrated, cassis fruit and sweet oak. To me, the essence of "Claret". Rich and well structured if lacking the final complexity and expression that would make it "great". Long, pure, delightful finish. No hurry to drink. (04/97) Polished and delightful: still youthful example of classic, cedary, elegant, structured and harmonious claret. This is not a wine to send you in to raptures, but it is extremely good. (03/98)