The 2000 Léoville Las Cases is a vintage that I have encountered a dozen or so times. Jean-Hubert Délon oversaw a magnificent wine in this year. The nose of graphite-infused black fruit is still vivacious and very complex, very Pauillac-like, and supremely well focused. Hints of licorice develop with aeration. The medium-bodied palate features sappy black fruit and perfectly judged acidity. Complex and delineated, with marine-tinged mulberry and black currant notes given a deft Oriental touch on the finish. Bottles are only just beginning to drink perfectly now and will last another 30 or more years.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2050
Mid crimson with a pale rim. Sweet start and quite cassis. Sweeter than the older vintages. A relatively simple wine at this stage with straightforward fruit and correct tannin and acid balance. Needs lots of time to become interesting.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024