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  • Country ranking ?

    970
  • Producer ranking ?

    18
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

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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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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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Deep, ruby almost purple colour. Pronounced yet elegant nose shows the beautiful complexity – cassis, wild strawberries and black fruits combined with cedary spiciness, dark chocolate. Powerful but sophisticated palate is very vivid, intense and subtle. The aromas in the nose are followed in the palate. Harmonious wine with long lingering finish. Great energetic wine which will gain more complexity within ageing for at least five to seven years most likely more than that.
  • 94p

The 1985 Léoville–Las Cases is not just one of the finest vintages from this Second Growth, but one of the high points for the entirety of Bordeaux in this decade. Here it eclipses the 1985 Lafite-Rothschild with ease. It has an exquisitely defined bouquet of red berry fruit infused with crushed stone and pressed rose petals, just like before. Ethereal. The palate is medium-bodied, a perfect marriage of structure and a degree of elegance that maybe the property has not matched before or since. It’s so, so harmonious on the finish. An absolute beauty. Tasted at Hameau de Barbaron in Burgundy.

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Leoville Lascases 2. Cru Classe St. Julien – strong and powerful, reminded a lot of Gruaud Larose, but for me it lacked sweetness and length of it. 93p.
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Ruby. Cherry stones, figs, red- and blackcurrants, some herbs, bell peppers, leather and scented. Somewhat tighter and even younger than last bottle. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, refreshing, mouthwatering, raspberries touch, complex and layered, very long.
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St.Julien, Saint-Julien

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