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    575
  • Producer ranking ?

    7
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    from 2020
  • Food Pairing

    savory Swiss Steak

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A vivid, mesmerizing wine, the 2015 Léoville Las Cases is stunning in its beauty. Unusually rich and sumptuous for Las Cases, the 2015 possesses magnificent intensity and power from start to finish. Blackberry jam, charcoal, smoke, licorice and asphalt are some of the many notes that take shape in the glass, but the 2015 truly stands out for its vertical structure and overall intensity. At the same time, the 2015 is an unusually ripe, exotic Las Cases with much more flesh and voluptuousness in its curves than is the norm. In that sense, the 2015, is not at all typical for Las Cases. And yet it is striking. The 14.5% alcohol is the highest recorded here. Antonio Galloni  95-98/100

 

 

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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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The 2015 vintage began with the water tables nicely replenished. The particularly hot and sunny weather of early April set off a rapid and regular bud-burst. This exceptional homogeneity was to continue through the other stages of the vine’s development this year. All the key stages proceeded in ideal conditions : the beautiful weather at the end of May and early June allowed the flowering to take place quickly and evenly for each of the different grape varieties.

 

As this incredibly beautiful weather stayed with us, we observed a moderate hydric stress from mid-July, very beneficial at this stage for the synthesis of the polyphenol precursors. The welcome rainfall at the end of July and through early August arrived just in time to allow a quick and even colour change. From mid-August to harvest-time, the final ripening stages continued through alternating sunny periods and stormy rain showers. A mild month of September ensured the grapes maintained a wonderful aromatic freshness. 

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Composed of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and 6% Merlot, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Léoville Las Cases has a slightly closed nose, revealing notes of crème de cassis, baked blueberries and black forest cake with touches of licorice, violets and Indian spices plus a waft of dusty soil. The palate is medium to full-bodied, concentrated and built like a brick house, with firm, ripe, velvety tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and spicy.

  • 98p

The 2015 Léoville Las Cases is simply captivating. Sumptuous, racy and explosive in the glass, the 2015 is endowed with tremendous energy from start to finish. An exotic melange of crème de cassis, graphite, menthol and licorice bursts onto the palate as the 2015 shows off its alluring personality. Spectacularly rich, dense and full- throttle, with huge tannins that are nearly buried underneath the fruit, the 2015 is an unusual Las Cases. It is also breathtakingly beautiful. Readers who can find it should not miss it.

  • 98p

Ruby. Dense yet incredibly tight, cassis, blueberries, vanilla, faintly scented far back on the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, dark fruity, spices, anise, cassis, blackberries, detailed, intense, layered and long. Drink from 2030 until 2075. 97

  • 97p

85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot.

Delicate and extremely seductive fruit with aromas of darker raspberry, blackberries, salts, licorice, wet leather and some animal touch. Easy sweetness.

Medium+ to full bodied and extremely delicate Las-Cases that combine the power with elegance. Beautiful darker red currant fruit, great saltiness, licorice and coffee. Also some burned wood. Really complex wine with beautiful ripe tannins. A little thight finish and it will take some time in the cellar where it can be well in the next 30 years. 96 points. For now. (98p)

  • 96p

Filled with blackberry, black currant, fig and boysenberry preserve flavors, this starts off showy, but a back end of brambly grip, warm tar, and pastis-soaked apple wood emerges slowly before taking an authoritative lead on the finish. All the while, a cool charcoal note weaves in and around everything.

February 2018

  • 97p

Tasted in April 2016.  85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. Another monster wine here, fabulous nose of dark berries, extremely concentrated, deep and long on the palate, remarkable acidity, sophisticated and with mega, mega long finish. Bull's eye!

  • 98p
A wonderful and concentrated wine with dark purple red colour with violet hue and almost black core. On the nose quite closed character, but promising. Displaying with some oxygenation a fine fruit, distinct minerality and hints of mild spices. On the palate well structured with fine and silky tannins, persistent flavour and excellent length.
  • 95p
Deep colour. Elderberry, liquorice, graphite aromas. Sweet, dark chocolate, liquorice, blackberry fruit, very dry tannins, savoury oak complexity. Finishes long with al dente notes. Very savoury wine with graphite dusty notes. One for the long haul. 96 points 
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Leoville Lascases Saint Julien 85% Cabernet Sauvignon 6% Merlot 9% Cabernet Franc - 85% New oak Very deep colour, the nose is inky, meaty great Cabernet perfume, minerality, lovely deep blackcurrant fruit, minty earthy, covering the tannins and alcohol with ease, good ripe tannins. Very deep and concentrated, with a remarkable finesse. A fine result and one of the most elegant wines of the vintage, coupling the easy seduction of this vintage with the power of one of the Medoc’s finest terroirs. 95-98/100
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St.Julien, Saint-Julien

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

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