2019 CHATEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES + 2019 CLOS DU MARQUIS

SAINT-JULIEN

“... rock-solid structure of firm, finely grained tannins and fantastic tension, finishing with epic persistence.

(97-99)+ POINTS - LISA PERROTTI-BROWN, WINE ADVOCATE

Today sees the release of Super Second Growth Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2019 - released at a staggering 20% below the 2018 release price.

Chateau Leoville Las Cases is a First Growth in all but name and consistently remains one of the finest wines produced on the Left Bank. 2019 is no exception, unanimously receiving some of the highest scores of the vintage.

Chateau Leoville Las Cases is located at the northern tip of the Saint-Julien appellation, with the Grand Vin’s vineyards bordering those of Chateau Latour and running alongside the boundary of Pauillac, producing some of the most structured and long lasting wines of the appellation.

Pierre Graffeuille, managing director at the estate believes it was “the alternation of hot days, cool nights and rainy periods" that allowed a superb ripening, a very high tannic and phenolic concentration while safeguarding beautiful acidity that made the 2019 vintage so special, comparing it to both the 2016 and the exceptional 2018 vintage, two of the best wines produced anywhere in the Medoc in the modern era. With another fantastic vintage under their belt this estate can do little wrong. Highly recommended.

2019 Leoville Lascases

Leoville Las Cases

97Average Score
Red
En Primeur
2026-2075
6x75cl
-
0 Immediate | 5 Marketplace
£873.00

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"The 2019 Léoville Las Cases is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 11% Merlot. Harvest began early for the Merlot, on the 18th of September, and the Cabernets were picked in October, finishing on the 8th of October. The IPT number (measurement of tannins) is 80—the same as 2018. The alcohol came at 14.02% (lower than 2018), but it does seem a little lower than this percentage, probably because the pH is a little lower this year, at 3.67. It is aging in French oak barriques, 90% new. The color is opaque purple-black, with a nose that unfurls slowly in the glass, beginning with vibrant, expressive black fruit notes of freshly crushed blackcurrants, ripe blackberries and fresh black cherries, followed by a beguiling array of floral and earth nuances—candied violets, lavender, fragrant soil, underbrush, crushed rocks and black truffles. The medium to full-bodied wine dances ever so gracefully on the palate, demurely revealing tightly wound layers of of bright, crunchy black fruits and tantalizing floral and mineral sparks, supported by a rock-solid structure of firm, finely grained tannins and fantastic tension, finishing with epic persistence. Although the style is completely different, the barrel sample is behaving a lot like the Haut-Brion sample was when I tasted it, in that it appears to be holding just that little bit extra back right now. I have to call it as I see it today, but I wouldn't be surprised if when I come back to taste this from bottle, it shows me all that and a lot more."

(97-99)+ POINTS - LISA PERROTTI-BROWN, WINE ADVOCATE

2019 Clos du Marquis

Clos du Marquis

93Average Score
Red
En Primeur
2024-2042
6x75cl
-
0 Immediate | 20 Marketplace
£205.00

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"The 2019 Clos du Marquis was picked from 21 September to 9 October and matured in 50% new oak. It has a deep and quite penetrating bouquet: blackberry, hoisin intermingling with cedar and light pencil shaving scents. It becomes noticeably richer with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins that frame the vivid blackberry and wild strawberry fruit laced with orange sorbet. There is a citric freshness towards the end of this accomplished Clos du Marquis. Excellent."

93-95 POINTS - NEAL MARTIN, VINOUS

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