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  • Country ranking ?

    2 169
  • Producer ranking ?

    22
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb with aubergines

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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11 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full, Ruby red and Healthy

ending

Medium and Gentle

flavors

Cranberry, Raspberry, Cedar, Leather and Cassis

nose

Open and Complex

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Complex, Balanced, Well-structured, Medium-bodied, Ripe, Elegant and Full

Written Notes

A 1961 Leoville Las Cases buddied up with the Cheval, and began a procession of Leovilles as well. Its nose was divine, sweet and sexy, full of chocolate and caramel with nice spice. There were ‘no rough edges,’ and the silkiness of Las Cases really shined. This was a delicious, long, smooth and satiny wine, one with a classic profile and an elegant and dusty finish that was still zippy. While stylistically opposite in many ways to the Cheval, it was just as good, perhaps even more natural in its drinkability and enjoyment factors (96).
  • 96p
Moderately intense, slightly hazy, brick red colour. Rich and complex nose – smoky aromas, hints of mint, leather, tobacco notes. Medium-bodied palate with vivid acidity and fine grained tannins forms a firm structure that is well-combined with restrained fruitiness and pronounced mineral flavours. The long aftertaste shows walnut, bell pepper and leather tones. A savoury and classy wine with cool and restrained character.
  • 92p
D 3 h / G 2 Moderately light in colour. Lovely nose – elegant and complex, cassis notes along with cedar. Very lean, medium-bodied, and persistent palate with lively acidity, ripe red berries and gentle tannins. The finish is still restrained and the wine presents very classic cool vintage Médoc. Charming wine that is drinking well now but will keep most likely well another ten years at least.
  • 93p

Information

Origin

St.Julien, Saint-Julien

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

1h

Drinking temperature

16

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96p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 1961  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

"A 1961 Leoville Las Cases buddied up with the Cheval, and began a procession of Leovilles as well. Its nose was divine, sweet and sexy, full of chocolate and caramel with nice spice. There were ‘no rough edges,’ and the silkiness of Las Cases really shined. This was a delicious, long, smooth and satiny wine, one with a classic profile and an elegant and dusty finish that was still zippy. While stylistically opposite in many ways to the Cheval, it was just as good, perhaps even more natural in its drinkability and enjoyment factors (96)."

4y 6m ago

92p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 1961  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

"Moderately intense, slightly hazy, brick red colour. Rich and complex nose – smoky aromas, hints of mint, leather, tobacco notes. Medium-bodied palate with vivid acidity and fine grained tannins forms a firm structure that is well-combined with restrained fruitiness and pronounced mineral flavours. The long aftertaste shows walnut, bell pepper and leather tones. A savoury and classy wine with cool and restrained character."

4y 7m ago

93p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 1961  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

"D 3 h / G 2
Moderately light in colour. Lovely nose – elegant and complex, cassis notes along with cedar. Very lean, medium-bodied, and persistent palate with lively acidity, ripe red berries and gentle tannins. The finish is still restrained and the wine presents very classic cool vintage Médoc. Charming wine that is drinking well now but will keep most likely well another ten years at least.
"

4y 7m ago

97p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 1961  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

"Very top shoulder fill. Bright ruby, thin orange rim. Extremelly closed, even after an hour in decanter, it's tight. Like last excellent bottle, surprisingly youthful. Etheral, somewhat minty and cool, cassis, touch of prunes, leather. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant and still youthful, layered palate, very long. "

4y 8m ago

90p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 1961  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

"moderately dark, sophisticated, lih´ght, ripe cassis, low fruit"

4y 11m ago

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