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Château Léoville-Lascases is one of the leading estates in all Bordeaux and, along with Ch. Ducru-Beaucaillou , is the best estate in St Julien. It likes at the northern tip of the St Julien appellation, bordering the great vineyard of Château Latour . The blend is typical for St Julien: the wine is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon (65%) with the rest of the blend made up of Merlot (19%), Cabernet Franc (13%) and Petit Verdot (3%).
Château Léoville-Lascases is the largest of the Léoville estates. Significantly, the majority of the vineyards lie on the Gironde side of the D2 – the road that stretches up the left bank from the city of Bordeaux to St Estèphe – and the “grand clos”, the heart of Léoville-Lascases lies in one 50 hectare block immediately south of the vines of Ch. Latour. Two further wines are made: Clos du Marquis and Le Petit Lion de Lascases. Clos du Marquis comes from specific vineyard plots that intermingle with those of Léoville-Poyferré and Léoville-Barton, whilst Le Petit Lion de Lascases, introduced in 2008, is more of a typical second wine.
Classed as a deuxième grand cru or second growth in the 1855 classification, Léoville-Lascases is often cited as a candidate for promotion to first growth status. In top vintages the property can produce some outstanding wines – Robert Parker rates the 1986 as a 100 point wine, and the 2009, 2005, 2000 and 1996 all score 98 or 98+. What is also remarkable is the consistency: Léoville-Lascases will always produce excellent wines, even in the most difficult vintages.
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