Léoville Las Cases

Château Léoville Las Cases 2004 | 2ème Grand Cru Classé Saint Julien

Château Léoville Las Cases 2004
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Performing better from bottle than it did from cask, this blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, and 11% Cabernet Franc has put on weight over the last year. It exhibits the classic style of both Las Cases and St.-Julien in its deep black currant notes interwoven with sweet cherries, wet stones, and toasty vanillin. Made in a structured, medium to full-bodied style with superb concentration, beautiful purity, and admirable symmetry, this beauty is one of the strongest efforts of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2028. Also tasted: 2004 Clos du Marquis (88)

Wine Advocate #171 Jun 2007 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 93

Drink: 2012 - 2028

Château Léoville Las Cases 2006 | 2ème Grand Cru Classé Saint Julien

Château Léoville Las Cases 2006
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Not surprisingly, Leoville Las Cases has produced another classic, potentially long-lived wine in 2006. Among the St.-Juliens, it, Ducru Beaucaillou, and Leoville Barton possess the potential for the greatest longevity. Interestingly, when I visited this chateau in January, proprietor Jean-Hubert Delon offered me two samples, one where the cork had been pulled immediately prior to tasting, and another that had been decanted four hours earlier. Both were superb, but the wine that had had extended aeration was clearly the finer offering. The opaque purple-hued 2006- only 40% of the crop made it into the final blend- exhibits a personality that mimics the superb 1996. Classic aromas of sweet black raspberries, kirsch, cassis, and subtle toasty oak are followed by a full-bodied, concentrated wine displaying moderately high tannin. This cuvee can often resemble a Pauillac wrapped in the St.-Julien appellation, and the 2006 is no exception. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, it will require significant cellaring before consumption. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2035+.

Wine Advocate #181 Feb 2009 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 95  Drink: 2019 - 2035

Château Léoville Las Cases 2010 | 2ème Grand Cru Classé Saint Julien

Château Léoville Las Cases 2010
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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.

Wine Advocate #205 Feb 2013 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 96+ Drink: 2020 - 2050

Le Petit Lion du M de Las Cases 2011

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Wine Advocate #200  Apr 2012 Robert M. Parker, Jr. (87-88) Drink: 2012 - 2022
Las Cases's 2011 Le Petit Lion is a blend of 54% Merlot, 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. At 13.6%, it is slightly higher in alcohol than the grand vin because of the riper Merlot component. Its deep plum/purple color is accompanied by lovely berry and mocha fruit intertwined with a hint of coffee beans. With good fatness, it should drink nicely for a decade.

Château Léoville Las Cases 2011 | 2ème Grand Cru Classé Saint Julien

Château Léoville Las Cases 2011
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75 cL. vin rouge. Vendu par 6 bouteilles
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One of the more formidably backward and potentially long-lived wines of the vintage, the medium to full-bodied 2011 Leoville Las Cases behaves like a first-growth, which in a sense it truly is. Revealing a dense inky/purple color, it is a structured, rich, impressively endowed effort that is meant for the long haul. Atypical for this vintage, it requires 5-7 years of bottle age and should drink well for two decades thereafter. The final blend was 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Yields were a low 27 hectoliters per hectare, and the natural alcohol achieved 13.4%.

Wine Advocate #212 Apr 2014 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 93+ Drink: 2019 - 2039

Château Léoville Las Cases 2000 | 2ème Grand Cru Classé Saint Julien

Château Léoville Las Cases 2000
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Along with the Medoc first growths, Leoville Barton, Chateau Montrose, Sociando Mallet, and a handful of other producers, Leoville Las Cases continues to make a wine meant for very long-term cellaring. When I did my earlier tastings of the 2000, my projected maturity dates were 2012-2040, but it is looking more like 2020-2050. This full-bodied blend of nearly 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.4% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc still has a youthful ruby/purple color, notes of graphite, kirsch liqueur, black currants, and lead pencil shavings, with good acidity, the tell-tale purity, layered ripeness and intensity, and a profound finish. However, with its high level of tannin and brooding backwardness, this superb effort needs to be forgotten for up to a decade

Wine Advocate #189 Jun 2010 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 98+ Drink: 2020 - 2050