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Chateau Leoville-Las Cases Grand Vin de Leoville du Marquis de Las Cases
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Wine Description

(From 2008 Vintage) Le millésime 2015 a démarré avec des réserves hydriques bien reconstituées. Le mois d'avril, ensoleillé et particulièrement chaud dès sa première quinzaine, a déclenché un débourrement rapide et régulier, posant les bases d'un millésime qui se révèlera d'une homogénéité peu courante. En effet, tous les stades clés se sont déroulés dans des conditions idéales : les belles journées de fin maidébut juin ont permis à la floraison de se dérouler très rapidement et de façon uniforme pour tous les cépages. Le maintien de ce beau temps exceptionnel a ensuite permis l'installation de contraintes hydriques modérées dès la mijuillet, à un stade très bénéfique pour la synthèse des précurseurs de polyphénols. Puis les précipitations survenues fin juillet et début août sont tombées à point nommé pour permettre à la véraison d'évoluer de façon

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2005 Vintage) Clos du Marquis's grapes actually come from a separate area of vineyards
(rather than younger or less successful vines at Léoville-Las Cases)
surrounded on all sides by other Second Growths. This is made with much more
Merlot (38%) than the Léoville-Las Cases and is very rich, with sweet,
creamy, overripe raspberries and blackberries with leather overtones. It is a
very precise wine within a beautifully integrated framework of new oak and
classy tannins. This is a cracking Claret and one of the best value wines
of the vintage.

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    RPJ98+ Drink 2018-2060 The 2009 Leoville Las Cases may be the most open-knit and forward Las Cases I have tasted to date. Analytically, it is high in tannin and the alcohol is 13.8%, nearly a record at this estate. This blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc was showing brilliantly at the 2009 tasting I did in Hong Kong and at a later tasting. It boasts an inky/purple color, monumental concentration and lots of sweet, jammy black currant, black cherry and kirsch fruit intermixed with crushed rock and mineral notes. As always, proprietor Jean-Hubert Delon has built a massive wine with exceptional precision, unbelievable purity and aging potential of 40-50 years. I was surprised by the lusciousness of this cuvee on several occasions, and how much more forward it is given the fact that Las Cases can often be forebodingly backward and in need of 10-15 years of cellaring (at age 30, the 1982 is still a baby in terms of development!). The super-concentrated 2009 needs another 5-7 years before additional nuances emerge. This is a brilliant, full-throttle St.-Julien.

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Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/25/2012
  • Wine Spectator
    Rating: 98/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/11/2012
  • Robert Parker
    Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/01/2010