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2010 Ch. Léoville-Las Cases, St Julien

Ch. Leoville-Las Cases, St Julien
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)Château Léoville Las Cases


BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 19.5/20 17.5/20 96+/100 97 95 - 98/100
Ch. Leoville-Las Cases, St Julien
Stunning concentration of fruit, precision and purity, a great vineyard expression and a totally great wine by Chateau Leoville-Las-Cases in 2010, in the most simple sense of the term.
(Steven Spurrier – Decanter – Apr 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 19.5/20 17.5/20 96+/100 97 95 - 98/100
Ch. Leoville-Las Cases, St Julien
Excellent deep crimson. Very introvert and very dry. Super-sweet start and initially seems much rounder and less obdurate than usual. Though those dry tannins certainly creep up on you at the end! Some silkiness and glorying in the special ripeness of the Cabernet in this wine. Very dry end. Not that long funnily enough. A certain transparency that is not usually there.
(Jancis Robinson MW- jancis robinson.com, Apr 2011)



BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 19.5/20 17.5/20 96+/100 97 95 - 98/100
Ch. Leoville-Las Cases, St Julien
The 2010 is a quintessentially elegant, classic wine of Bordeaux – firm, rigid, perhaps slightly lighter than most of the other St.-Juliens, but stylish, potentially complex, and reminiscent of the style of the 1986, but more concentrated and powerful. It is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc with a normal pH of 3.56. It was raised in 75% new oak and the alcohol came to 13.7%. This wine displays loads of black currants, cedar wood and vanillin, but needs a good 7-8 years of cellaring, if not much longer. It should last for 30+ years.

What I like about tasting at Las Cases is that Jean-Hubert Delon opens one bottle in my presence, and has another already decanted four hours in advance to compare. It is nearly unanimous on each visit that the decanted wine shows better, which probably gives you some insight into the aging potential of Las Cases. It is certainly one of Bordeaux’s longest-lived wines, and seems to have more and more of a character resembling Lafite Rothschild more than its nearby neighbor, Chateau Latour.
(96+ Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- Feb 2013)

As one would expect, this is a powerful, concentrated wine with 13.7% natural alcohol (compared to 2005's 13.2%). The pH is quite normal at 3.56, and its relatively high total acidity gives it a classic, fresh, yet backward style. Given how long vintages such as 1982, 1986, and I suspect, 2000 are taking to reach maturity, prospective purchasers of this wine should easily invest in a decade of cellaring, although I suspect it will be closer to 15 or more years before it reveals secondary nuances. A good 40- to 50-year wine, it is a dense purple, full-bodied style of Las Cases, with classic sweet kirsch, graphite and black currant fruit as well as hints of new saddle leather and subtle oak. Backward, layered and multi-dimensional, the wine is stunningly rich, but brooding. Forget it at least until 2020 or later.
(95-98 Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- May 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 19.5/20 17.5/20 96+/100 97 95 - 98/100
Ch. Leoville-Las Cases, St Julien
The cellar master, Rolland Bruno, did everything he could to avoid over-­extraction in 2010 and this is still a tannic red, even by Las-­Cases’ standards. Beneath the firm outer casing, the wine is fresh, linear and well-­balanced with tightly wound cassis fruit, a touch of graphite and green pepper and minerally, refreshing acidity. You’ll
need to wait for this wine, but it will be worth it.
(Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com, May 2011)



BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 19.5/20 17.5/20 96+/100 97 95 - 98/100
Ch. Leoville-Las Cases, St Julien
The 2010 Leoville Las Cases has almost searing acidity running through it, but it's ripe and mouthwatering, harnessing a massive core of black currant and red licorice notes. Supertight but very fine-grained, this gets tighter, but also longer, as it moves along. This could age in reverse for a while, before it starts to unwind. A brick house. 
(James Molesworth – The Wine Spectator –  Mar 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 19.5/20 17.5/20 96+/100 97 95 - 98/100
Ch. Leoville-Las Cases, St Julien
Product: 7779
Maturity: Drink 2020-2050 (For laying down)
Vintage: 2010
Origin: France » Bordeaux » St Julien Map of the region
Grape Variety: Cab.Sauvignon Blend
Style: Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, 13.5% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
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BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 19.5/20 17.5/20 96+/100 97 95 - 98/100
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