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    1 699
  • Producer ranking ?

    15
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Rib Eye Steaks with Demi-Glace and White Bean Purée

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 2000

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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Written Notes

The 2000 Leoville Las Cases was relatively disappointing, given how much I love this vintage. As known by those that read all my articles, I tasted all five First Growths from 2000 a week later, and they all showed considerably better than the Leoville on this night. This was elegant and wheaty, but lean and shut down. It had some zip, but I felt like I couldn’t feel the greatness in the wine on this night. Certainly, it will show better in the future and probably has in the past (93+).
  • 93p
Deep and intense ruby colour. Very classic and complex nose is dominated by chocolate, cappuccino, toast and roasted coffee aromas. The fruit is still masked underneath them. The palate is medium-bodied with mouth-drying tannins, balancing acidity and restrained fruitiness. Moderately short finish. The wines has a hidden elegance which does not show yet. To deliver it full potential it needs to age for at least twenty years if not thirty.
  • 88p

Tasted in September 2017. Consistent notes. It's been 14 years between my two TNs on this wine and to say it frankly - it hasn't changed that much!! In April 2003, I asked myself, if this wine could match Bordeaux' First Growth. It almost did! With such richness of nuances, concentration, depth and length, this wine could conquer whole world. A masterpiece for 30-40 years lay in the cellar. Jean-Hubert Delon continues in most exemplary way his father's eminent wine-work. Then in September 2017 (ex-chateau), it still was young as ever, a blockbuster wine with tons of ripe fruit and ripe tannin. This wine can keep forever!!

  • 98p

Information

Origin

St.Julien, Saint-Julien

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

Glass time

1h

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 2000  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

Tasted in September 2017. Consistent notes. It's been 14 years between my two TNs on this wine and to say it frankly - it hasn't changed that much!! In April 2003, I asked myself, if this wine could match Bordeaux' First Growth. It almost did! With such richness of nuances, concentration, depth and length, this wine could conquer whole world. A masterpiece for 30-40 years lay in the cellar. Jean-Hubert Delon continues in most exemplary way his father's eminent wine-work. Then in September 2017 (ex-chateau), it still was young as ever, a blockbuster wine with tons of ripe fruit and ripe tannin. This wine can keep forever!!

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 2000  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

"The 2000 Leoville Las Cases was relatively disappointing, given how much I love this vintage. As known by those that read all my articles, I tasted all five First Growths from 2000 a week later, and they all showed considerably better than the Leoville on this night. This was elegant and wheaty, but lean and shut down. It had some zip, but I felt like I couldn’t feel the greatness in the wine on this night. Certainly, it will show better in the future and probably has in the past (93+)."

4y 7m ago

88p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Léoville-Las Cases 2000  ( Château Léoville-Las Cases )

"Deep and intense ruby colour. Very classic and complex nose is dominated by chocolate, cappuccino, toast and roasted coffee aromas. The fruit is still masked underneath them. The palate is medium-bodied with mouth-drying tannins, balancing acidity and restrained fruitiness. Moderately short finish. The wines has a hidden elegance which does not show yet. To deliver it full potential it needs to age for at least twenty years if not thirty. "

4y 8m ago

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