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  • Country ranking ?

    793
  • Producer ranking ?

    5
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

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 1986

Château Leoville Las Cases

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.

The Delon Wine Philosophy
1. The wines are representative of their terroir.
2. The wines are made to be consumed during meals. They can be shared and enjoyed with families or friends.
3. All of the wines come from the Bordeaux region and from historical French terroirs. They must have good ageing potential and be able to improve with age.
4. A continual and incontestable search for excellence.


Vineyard soil: gravelly-clay

Production area: 97 ha

Grape varieties: 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot

Average age of vines: 30 years

Harvest method: hand picked

Winemaking: grapes are crushed and then fermented in temperature controlled wood, concrete, or stainless steel vats of varying size depending on the style of the vintage

Ageing: in oak barrels, between 50% and 100% new depending on the vintage, for 18-20 months


 
Chateau Léoville-Las-Cases
33250 Saint-Julien-Beychevelle
Telephone: +33 (0) 5 56 73 25 26
Fax: +33 (0) 5 56 59 18 33
www.leoville-las-cases.com

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

12 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep and Brick red

ending

Long, Gentle and Spicy

flavors

Blackcurrant, Toasty, Cedar, Cigar-box, Floral and Blackberry

nose

Open, Complex, Generous and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Balanced, Concentrated, Complex, Medium-bodied, Firm, Rich and Elegant

Written Notes

The 1986 Leoville Las Cases had a big nose and was blacker and inkier. Its purple fruit was decadent and its musk great, and it also had a sexy vanilla quality to it. The palate was rich, long and thick with a nice finish that had lots of unfolding tannins. The palate was refined, and Julieanne called it ‘a nice package.’ It was (95).
  • 95p
In the neck fill, soaked cork. Bright ruby, stunning nose, fresh red berries, cedar, gorgeous and layered, tobacco, leather, cassis. Complex. Fresh acidity, youthful feel, ripe tannins, fruit in a ball still, needs time, extreme length. 97
  • 97p
1986 Chateau Leoville-las-Cases, Bordeaux, France D1,5h, G2h (Gothenburg, Sweden, Oct 2012) Open and totally charming, sweet nose with pipe tobacco, licorice, cassis, plums and a backdrop of very sweet black berry liqueur. Wonderful nose that got more and more elegant and interesting with air. Very tannic attack which is, but barely, balanced by the fine sweet cassis, black berry, plum fruit. Not as open as the nose though and gives more an impression of a big tannic block than anything else. Opens up nicely in the glass and ads peppery and mineral notes on the finish which makes it more interesting. Definitely need more time or air. Tasted twice with consistent notes Drink 2015-2036 94+p.
  • 94p

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Origin

St.Julien, Saint-Julien

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95p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 1986  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

"The 1986 Leoville Las Cases had a big nose and was blacker and inkier. Its purple fruit was decadent and its musk great, and it also had a sexy vanilla quality to it. The palate was rich, long and thick with a nice finish that had lots of unfolding tannins. The palate was refined, and Julieanne called it ‘a nice package.’ It was (95). "

1y 2d ago

94p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 1986  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

"Bright ruby, smells like a barrel sample, it's so youthful. Cassis with some floral notes. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fine fruit on the palate, still too young, needs another ten years. "

4y 6m ago

97p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 1986  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

"In the neck fill, soaked cork. Bright ruby, stunning nose, fresh red berries, cedar, gorgeous and layered, tobacco, leather, cassis. Complex. Fresh acidity, youthful feel, ripe tannins, fruit in a ball still, needs time, extreme length. "

4y 6m ago

99p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 1986  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

"In neck fill. Ruby. Scented, deep and intense. So youthful and more open than the last few bottles, but also more air. Five hours in decanter, and could still have more. Layered and nuanced, very refined. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, superb texture and structure, still very youthful, superb bottle and incredibly long. "

4y 8m ago

94p
 Totte Steneby, Sommelier (Sweden)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 1986  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

"1986 Chateau Leoville-las-Cases, Bordeaux, France
D1,5h, G2h (Gothenburg, Sweden, Oct 2012)

Open and totally charming, sweet nose with pipe tobacco, licorice, cassis, plums and a backdrop of very sweet black berry liqueur. Wonderful nose that got more and more elegant and interesting with air.

Very tannic attack which is, but barely, balanced by the fine sweet cassis, black berry, plum fruit. Not as open as the nose though and gives more an impression of a big tannic block than anything else. Opens up nicely in the glass and ads peppery and mineral notes on the finish which makes it more interesting. Definitely need more time or air.
Tasted twice with consistent notes
Drink 2015-2036
94+p."

4y 8m ago

97p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 1986  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

"In the neck fill, soaked cork. Bright ruby, stunning nose, fresh red berries, cedar, gorgeous and layered, tobacco, leather, cassis. Complex. Fresh acidity, youthful feel, ripe tannins, fruit in a ball still, needs time, extreme length. 97"

4y 8m ago

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