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The Story

The Grand Vin is the product of exceptional terroirs from the former Léoville estate. These terroirs are located mainly in the Clos Léoville Las Cases, which you pass as you leave Saint- Julien village for Pauillac. They extend over nearly 60ha producing Cabernet Sauvignons and Cabernet Francs with a complex, polished expression and characteristics which are totally unique to the Grand Vin of Léoville du Marquis de Las Cases and have been widely recognized for years.

 

Château Léoville Las Cases is one of the largest and oldest classified growths in the Médoc known since 1707. The wine produced here was classified as one of fifteen Second Growths in the original Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.


Today’s Léoville Las Cases was once part of a much larger estate until the time of the French Revolution when a portion of this estate was separated into what is today Château Léoville-Barton. In 1840, the estate was again divided and land that would eventually become Château Léoville-Poyferré was split off. When the 1855 Classification was completed, all three properties from the original Léoville estate were classed as Second Growths. Since the mid 20th century the Delon family have been owners of this estate.

The soil of St Julien is ideal for vines, due to its geographic situation and its climate; every element is present to produce wines of exceptional quality and elegance. Léoville Las Cases' 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.
 

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Vintage 1955

1955 began with unstable weather conditions just before summer, but turned into an extremely favourable season by the end of the year. A beautiful, sunny and warm—if not hot—period prevailed throughout August and September, until the just the right amount of much-needed rain came along. The crop turned out to be of the highest quality.

However, because the vintage was overshadowed by the 1953, it offering wines with a good price-quality ratio that can still be enjoyed today. Ripe grapes and autumn rain guaranteed an excellent year for Sauternes wines. The wines of this vintage vary widely in quality, and many are dominated by tannins. Only the finest wines, such as the Lafleur, Cheval Blanc and Mouton-Rothschild, offer balance and richness.

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Intense, dark garnet red colour. Charming bouquet delivers black fruits, smoke, vegetal aromas, cedar, chocolate, and dry spices. Firm and restrained palate with crisp acidity, concentrated fruit and supple tannins. Classic claret flavours of cassis and cedar in the long finish. A robust style but very balanced. Surprisingly energetic wine for its age.
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Danish bottling (Carl Reffs) Mid shoulder fill. Ruby with orange rim. Prunes, somewhat scented, some dust. Lovely acidity, somewhat maderized on the palate, lacks some fruit, dries a bit. Better than last bottle.
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St.Julien, Saint-Julien

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 1955  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

"Intense, dark garnet red colour. Charming bouquet delivers black fruits, smoke, vegetal aromas, cedar, chocolate, and dry spices. Firm and restrained palate with crisp acidity, concentrated fruit and supple tannins. Classic claret flavours of cassis and cedar in the long finish. A robust style but very balanced. Surprisingly energetic wine for its age."

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 1955  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

"Danish bottling (Carl Reffs) Mid shoulder fill. Ruby with orange rim. Prunes, somewhat scented, some dust. Lovely acidity, somewhat maderized on the palate, lacks some fruit, dries a bit. Better than last bottle. "

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