94–96. Barrel Sample. From a separate vineyard on the Léoville Las Cases estate, this is a solidly structured, concentrated wine of power and depth. It just avoids the bitterness of extraction because of the superrich berry and plum fruits. The tough background yields to vibrant acidity on the finish.
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