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Château Léoville Las Cases is one of the largest and oldest classified growths in the Médoc. It is the largest of the 3 Léoville properties and now without doubt the leading estate in St-Julien.
Léoville Las Cases's 97 hectares of vineyards are superbly sited on gravelly-clay soils with the largest plot being surrounded by a stone wall and stretching between the village of St-Julien and Château Latour. The wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon dominated blend (65%), and is matured in oak barriques (70-80% new) for 18 months.
Léoville Las Cases produces arguably the most exotically perfumed wine in the Médoc and this can be partially attributed to the must being fermented at lower than average temperatures, which leads to its youthful aromatic richness being retained. On the palate it is powerful and concentrated and marvellously well-balanced.
Léoville Las Cases is a 2ème Cru Classé in name but produces 1er Cru Classé quality wines.
An opaque ruby/purple color is followed by sweet black currant, lead pencil, mineral, and spicy oak aromatics. This medium-bodied 1999 should be delicious upon release. Robert Parker - Wine Advocate # 140 - April 2002
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With his entire pride of properties purring this year it’s not surprising that, after its third year of production, this is the finest Petit Lion to date. Ripe and intense on the nose, sweet and powerful on the palate, this is just a whisker away in quality from the spectacular Clos du Marquis but should well be a bargain. (52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot) (Simon Staples, BBR Fine Wine Director)
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Le Petit Lion is the second wine of Ch. Léoville-Las Cases, created with the aim of providing a more fruit-forward style of wine with a higher Merlot content. The 71% Merlot in the 2009 Petit Lion certainly results in a richer, more plush style of wine than the Grand Vin but the 29% Cabernet Sauvignon clearly adds the brooding, dark note of Las Cases. Very intense with an almost beefy character and a long finish, this is certainly no young cub.
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Not the second wine, but in fact a completely separate offering from Château Léoville-Las-Cases. Clos du Marquis always offers an enticing and aromatic aroma. This has the classic Claret restrain alongside succulent, sweet fruit. It is showing its maturity very well with baked plums, redcurrant, a meaty density and black spice core. The finish is very long and I am dreaming of a bottle with roast beef. Laura Atkinson, Private Account Manager
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Personifying St Julien in such a lovely way. Mature but with seductive grip this is a classic Claret lovers treat. Lovely leather and earth aromas of Cabernet dominate the palate and nose of this very classy reasonably priced Super Second growth. Needs an hour and half in a decanter and served at old fashioned room temperature 17 c. Lovely.
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The 1983 Ch. Léoville-Las Cases is fully mature, displaying ruby colour with some amber hues at the edge, a coffee, tobacco, olive-scented nose, and dried black fruit flavours. An immensely impressive 1983 that has lasted and developed gracefully.
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One of the best Lascases I have ever tasted. Whilst the ripe 1990 is the more seductive wine at the moment, the 1996 has a linear class, focus and balance that is pretty much in the first-growth league. It’s often said that there is a very strong argument for Lascases being reclassified as a first growth; in vintages such as 1996, 2000 & 2005 it’s all the more compelling. One of the most complete clarets available. Fine Wine Team
Absolutely fantastic! Rich, opulent and creamy-textured with the spectacular Léoville-Las Cases signature deftly etched across it from nose to finish, packed full of perfect dominating red fruit and a stunning finish. Usually Las Cases blows this out of the water, but not so in 2010 – it’s the best any of us can recall: a must-have. (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc) Simon Staples, Fine Wine Director
Only 35% of the harvest was considered worthy for the first wine, and this is reflected in the superb quality of this wine. Extremely rich with a well-balanced tannic structure, it exhibits lovely ripe fruits and mineral characteristics. An elegant St. Julien.
The 2009 Ch. Léoville-Las Cases is an incredible wine. Ripe, creamy, juicy blackcurrants dance across the palate, perfectly in harmony with sweet spice and freshness. Fabulous, intense waves of supple fruit roll on and on in the mouth whilst a massive level of chiselled, Cabernet tannins crash on the tongue and then just disappear. Beautifully harmonious, this has wonderful poise and balance yet the greatness of the wine underneath is clear. This will undoubtedly be one of the wines of the vintage.
The grapes for this younger sibling of Léoville-Las Cases come from separate vineyards surrounded on all sides by Second Growths, so it shouldn't be an enormous surprise that it has produced a wine of this quality in 2006. It is incredibly elegant, with rich, stylish blackcurrant and raspberry fruit supported by firm tannins. There is an excellent structure and complexity boosted by the extra Cabernet Franc this year (13%, plus 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot) and a pure, long, focused finish. This is one of the great buys of the vintage.
This is absolutely awesome - in our view it is better than his 2005 at the same stage! It is an utterly complete wine: a big brooding aristocratic nose with black fruit, coffee and tobacco leads on to a palate of enormous depth and complexity. Cassis and crushed raspberries appear in enormous concentration amidst a firm structure and an immensely stylish and restrained backdrop. The finish is multilayered and seems to go forever. This is a stunning wine that is head and shoulders above virtually anything else in 2006.
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Clos du Marquis's grapes actually come from a separate area of vineyards (rather than younger or less successful vines at Léoville-Las Cases) surrounded on all sides by other Second Growths. This is made with much more Merlot (38%) than the Léoville-Las Cases and is very rich, with sweet, creamy, overripe raspberries and blackberries with leather overtones. It is a very precise wine within a beautifully integrated framework of new oak and classy tannins. This is a cracking Claret and one of the best value wines of the vintage.
Cherry, vanilla, floral aromas and richness emerge on the palate. There is some concentration here and it is quite pleasingly sweet on the palate. Jean-Hubert Delon has produced another successful second wine this year and it shows all the rich, ripe fruit that is the hallmark of the 2014 vintage. Opulent, sweet redcurrant shows on the mid-palate and there is a nice balance of fruit alongside the structure, good precision and length.
I have little doubt that this is one of the best wines of the vintage based on our April tastings. It is quite subtle at this stage but seems multi-faceted with bags of potential complexity. The bouquet shows crunchy red fruit, with considerable intensity, while on the palate there is amazing precision and purity. The crisp acidity imbues the wine with great freshness, the tannins are plentiful but exceptionally fine, and there is a high level of persistence, always a hallmark of a very fine wine. It needs age, but looks to be in the tradition of the finest wines from this noble estate.
One of several highlights of 2008, Ch. Léoville-Las Cases is an example of how brilliant St Julien can be in a good year. Interestingly it was also virtually the only estate in the Left Bank where Cabernet Franc really seemed to work in 2008 and the successful addition of a heady 12% in this blend adds a voluptuous perfume to the 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. Intensely concentrated with dense blackcurrant cassis, vanilla, a creamy texture and tannins which are linear but softened by a massive coating of black fruit, this is most definitely a must-buy wine this vintage.
This has a wonderful elegance, yet comes in a powerful package. Once again, Ch. Léoville-Las Cases has produced the iron fist in the velvet glove. Whilst it is quite muted on the nose, it has dark cassis and cocoa notes on the palate. The finish is extremely long and there is a wonderful integration of tannin offset by good acidity levels. This possesses the multi-layered dimension that has not been as evident elsewhere in this 2012 vintage. It is another great success.
This grand estate is one of the great names in wine and this is one of the stars of the vintage with its ripe, open, cassis fruit, cigar-box essence and sweet and supple palate. Drink over the next 10 years.
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