I have had several utterly brilliant bottles of the ’66 Las Cases, but I have also had some that were good, rather than great, and our bottle at this particular tasting unfortunately fell into the latter camp. The nose on this bottle offered up a lovely mix of black cherries, black truffles, tobacco, soil tones and espresso. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and a touch four-square, with good length, but a bit of volatile acidity beginning to poke through on the backend. I am not sure if the bottles I had of this wine that were singing a few years ago represented the wine at its apogee and it has now begun to slide down a bit, or if the bottles that have shown well were just not one hundred percent pristine. (Drink between 2008-2020)
This may be the most successful wine produced by this estate during the decade of the sixties... The wine has always been a classic Bordeaux, with more fruit and body than many 1966s. There is a degree of austerity, but the wine's dominant characteristics include a complex, tobacco, cedar, and red currant-scented nose, medium body, excellent concentration and ripeness, and a spicy, long, moderately tannic finish.
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.
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