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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.
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The superb second wine, the 2005 Clos du Marquis, draws from the sophistication of the Ch Leoville Las Cases grand vin. It offers notes of dried Provencal herbs, smoke, licorice, lead pencil, spicy oak aromatics. Dense, chewy, fleshy, this beauty will drink well until 2017.
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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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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.
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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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Léoville-Las Cases is often referred as the sixth First Growth and Jean-Hubert Delon has once again demonstrated that, if the 1855 classification were to be redrawn, he would most probably be in the top league. The 2010 is dark in colour, with lovely concentration on the nose, lots of fresh cassis and blackberries, good focus in mid-palate and fine tannins throughout. It is a bit lighter and fresher in style than the 2009 but with an amazing purity and a never-ending finish. This is a keeper! (82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc) Max Lalondrelle, BBR Bordeaux Wine Buyer
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
We have managed to get our hands on a late-release, pristine parcel of 1989 Léoville-Las Cases direct from the château's own cellars. This is deeply coloured and possesses a thick velvety texture supported by good acidity levels. The fruit is super-ripe and has an almost roasted dimension to it. It is very approachable now but still has years of life ahead of it.
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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.
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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.
Owner Jean-Hubert Delon has described Las Cases as `a First Growth for wine drinkers' and his 2007 has lived up royally to its billing. Arguably the best wine in the Médoc (yes, including the First Growths) its concentration, fleshiness and complexity are atypical for the vintage. Restrained blackcurrant, vanilla, minerals and coffee on the nose act as an amuse bouche for the multi-layered, incredibly elegant palate of intense cassis, dark chocolate and very, very fine tannins. Nipping at the heels of its 2005 and 2006, this seamless, focused Las Cases is, for 2007, nothing short of a masterpiece.
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.
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.
If the 1855 Classification was rewritten tomorrow there is no doubt that this aristocratic estate would be reclassified as a First Growth. Their incredible 2005 simply adds to this cause. This has all the power and well-tailored elegance of a classic St Julien but with a sleek, concentrated, amazingly fresh character. Coffee and dark chocolate permeate the dense blackcurrant fruit, and while this is maybe less muscular than we expected, the very firm tannins are merely hiding within the massive, harmonious and elegant structure, this will be magnificent.
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
Loville-Las-Cases remains one of the irrefutable reference points for high class Bordeaux. This saturated purple-colored wine possesses remarkable sweetness, powerful, chocolatey, cassis-scented aromas, and dense, medium to full-bodied flavours with a superb inner-core of fruit. Purity, balance, and super-concentration and intensity are hallmarks of this remarkable wine. Readers who find it difficult to believe that the 1993 vintage could turn out wines such as this only need to pull the cork on a bottle of the 1993 Leoville-Las-Cases. Anticipated maturity: now-2012. This lion never falls asleep on the job!. (Wine Advocate - February 1997)
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.
Often confused as the second wine of Ch. Léoville-Las Cases, St Julien, Clos du Marquis is in fact a separate entity and a fine terroir in its own right, benefitting from the winemaking skill of the team at Las Cases. Showing an inky purple, with classic St Julien casssis and cedar on the nose alongside a touch of sweet vanillin spice, it is beautifully balanced on the palate, with fine tannins framing the tasty spiced fruit. This is another very good Clos du Marquis and one that will be best enjoyed between 5 and 15 years after the vintage. Fergus Stewart, Private Account Manager
With more than a hint of the Godfather about him, owner Jean-Hubert Delon is a man of extremely high standards but he is rightly pleased with this outstanding Clos du Marquis. Easily of Classed Growth quality, its pure, crunchy blackcurrant and dark chocolate nose is followed by an elegant, minerally blackberry and coffee palate with finely textured tannins and a rich, polished finish. Made with more Cabernet Sauvignon than last year (58%) this is very close to the magnificent 2006 and as good as the 2005, which is not something you can say of many wines this year. Excellent value.