2015 Leoville Lascases



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Average critic rating : 95.44 points

95-98

95-98

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. Apr 2016, www.Vinous.com

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95-97

The 2015 Leoville Las-Cases has the highest Cabernet contents in recent years, 85% and 9% of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc respectively, partly because some of the old Merlot vines were blended into the deuxième vin. Picked between 22 September and 9 October, a total of 15 days picking, it will be matured in 85% new oak. The alcohol level is 13.8%, higher than 2010 for example. Jean-Hubert Delon has crafted an extremely pure and tensile bouquet, almost pixelated with blackberry, briary, slate and oyster shell aromas that blossom in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied, svelte and sensual on the entry, the tannins a little edgy with a gentle crescendo: black fruit, tons of minerals, real focus and precision towards the finish. This is a superlative Léoville Las-Cases with the substance to suggest long-term aging will be repaid. Apr 2016, www.eRobertParker.com, Drink: 2028-2070

96-97

96-97

This is an ethereal young wine with blackberry and violet aromas and flavors. Full body, very firm and silky tannins and a superb finish. Lovely length and purity to this. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. Mar 2016, www.JamesSuckling.com

94-97

94-97

Very tightly focused, with both charcoal and iron harnessing the core of dark currant and blackberry fruit flavors. Sleek in feel, but not for lack of depth, as this is brimming with dark fruit and terroir, just in a more austere fashion. Mar 2016, James Molesworth, www.WineSpectator.com

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17

85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot 9% Cabernet Franc - highest proportion of Cab ever. 85% new barrels. More voluptuous nose than some earlier vintages. Bone-dry finish. Pretty concentrated and with some richness. Solid and mineral but not (quite) as obdurate as it used to be. Fruit and ink combo. Minerals like Pauillac on the end. Grabs the attention. 13.85%. Apr 2016, www.JancisRobinson.com, Drink: 2027-2040

96

96

At 94% (85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Cabernet Franc) this is the highest-ever Cab content in this grand vin. Very dense at first but full of power and elegance, with lots of energy. Beautifully made, and seems more Pauillac than St-Julien. This will be a very great wine. Apr 2016, Steven Spurrier, www.Decanter.com, Drink: 2025-2050

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95-97

Showing a good depth of color, this wine is firm yet elegant, powerful yet polished. Full-bodied and loaded with ripe fruits and a wall of tannins to match, there are multiple waves of cedar, earth, blackberries and cassis. It's hard to say when this will be ready to drink but this is a very high quality, classically built wine for patient consumers, as it's going to take 15-20 years to show its best. Produced from a blend with an unusually high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon at 85%, followed by 9% Cabernet Franc and 6% Merlot, this wine reached 13.8% alcohol with a pH of 3.70 and is now aging in 85% new, French oak barrels. The harvest took place from September 22 to October 9. Apr 2016, www.thewinecellarinsider.com

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94

Two records set here: the highest ever percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and the highest alcohol level at 13.8! This is a ripe style, but has the classic Las-Cases backbone, with cassis and fruitcake notes, fine tannins and excellent oak integration. Apr 2016, www.timatkin.com, Drink: 2023-2032

96-98

96-98

Seriously structured, this is a dark, brooding wine. Layered plums, blueberries and blackberries are enveloped in a dark structure of tannins and wood flavors. This will be a wine to age over many years with its concentration and density. Apr 2016, Roger Voss, www.wineenthusiast.com



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Léoville Las Cases: The Importance

One of the leading estates in all of Bordeaux, Château Léoville Las Cases in St Julien is one of the largest and oldest classified growths in the Médoc. Along with Ch. Ducru-Beaucaillou, it is widely considered to be one of the best estates in St Julien. 

 

Ranked as a deuxième cru classé in the 1855 classification, Léoville Las Cases is often mentioned as a candidate for promotion to first growth status. The Oxford Companion to Wine describes this estate as “the flagship wine of St-Julien and one run as though it were a First Growth…perhaps the most obvious candidate as a super second.”

 

Highly regarded by critics such as Robert Parker, some of the Château’s best vintages have been 1986, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2009, 2014 and 2015, with Léoville Las Cases performing well even in the most difficult of vintages. Praising the 2009 vintage, Stephen Tanzer wrote that “this endless, subtle wine is at first growth level.”

 

Léoville Las Cases: The Insight

Léoville Las Cases is located at the northern tip of the St Julien appellation, with the Grand Vin’s vineyards bordering those of Château Latour and running alongside the boundary of Pauillac. The Grand Vin shares some characteristics of its neighbours; Julia Harding MW considers it to have “something of a Pauillac about it”.

 

The Grand Vin is typically deep and rich, with aromas that Antonio Galloni describes as “blackberry jam, charcoal, smoke, licorice and asphalt.” Notably, it requires considerable cellaring before showing its true potential, with Julia Harding MW writing after a tasting of Léoville Las Cases, that it showed “how long these wines need before they are broached, but also how well they last.”

 

The second wine of the Grand Vin produced at this estate is called Le Petit Lion du Marquis de Las Cases, which uses the product of the younger vines at the estate and had its first release in 2007. Antonio Galloni described the 2015 vintage as “racy, opulent and inviting… [hitting] all the right notes,” with notes of “crème de cassis, blackberry, spice, leather and menthol.”

 

This estate also produces another important wine, the Clos du Marquis, which began production in 1902, and which the estate stresses is not a second wine. The fruit comes from a different source than the Grand Vin, although occasionally some of the Grand Vin is declassified and put into the blend of Clos du Marquis. It is lighter in style than the Grand Vin, and, as Harding writes, “a good deal more charming in youth.” Typically, this wine has as Robert Parker writes of the 2015 vintage, “a pure and harmonious bouquet with blackberry, sous-bois and subtle tobacco aromas that gently unfold in the glass.” In 2015, a new second wine for Clos du Marquis was released called La Petite Marquise, described by Tim Atkin as “easy drinking, fruit forward St. Julien showing aromatic red fruits, a touch of oak and succulent tannins.”

 

A typical St Julien blend, the vineyard is planted to mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (65%) with the rest being made up of Merlot (19%), Cabernet Franc (13%) and Petit Verdot (3%).

 

Léoville Las Cases: The Background

The history of the domaine goes back to the 17th century, with the vast estate of Léoville being split up into three parts following the death of the Marquis de Las Cases in the 19th Century. The largest third went to his son Jean-Pierre and this is now Léoville Las Cases, with another third going to his daughter Jeanne, what is now Léoville Poyferré, and the last third being auctioned off to Hugh Barton and becoming Léoville Barton. From 1900, the estate was run by Théophile Swawinski, a well-known viticulturist who also ran Château Pontet-Canet, who passed the estate to his son-in-law André Delon. The estate has stayed with this family ever since, and they acquired majority ownership in 1930 and bought out the remaining shareholders in 1994, and the estate is now entirely owned by the Delon family, with Bruno Rolland running the cellar, the third generation of his family to hold that position. The Delon family also own Château Potensac in the Médoc and Château Nenin in Pomerol.



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