95-100 / 100
95-100 / 100
Label Slightly damaged
CHÂTEAU CLOS DE L'ORATOIRE 1990
CHÂTEAU LEOVILLE POYFERRE 1990
(03-2001) Wonderfully deep, rich but mature; restrained but harmonious; a powerful, fleshy wine, tannins both silky and swingeing
(06-2015) A wine at its perfect peak with generosity, depth, velvety texture and long finish. Cedar box, cassis and violets on the palate with flavors that linger for over 30 seconds in the finish. Decanted for an hour, this Las Cases is a tribute to the terroir, skill and the wonderful vintage that came together beautifully in this vintage.
(06-2009) As one might expect, this is a brilliant wine, but it remains shockingly young, even for the fast evolving 1990s. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by a classic, nearly restrained set of aromatics that includes notions of sweet black cherries, black currants, lead pencil, and wet stones. In the mouth, it is full-bodied, and while technically low in acidity, there is a freshness, delineation, and classicism in this full-throttle, rich, concentrated, impeccable 1990. While still youthful, it is easy to appreciate despite its substantial tannins. It is not quite as backward as the 1990 Lafite Rothschild or 1990 Latour. Anticipated maturity: now-2035.v