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Tasting Notes

Tasting notes
FINE+RARE, Apr 2023

The 2022 Léoville Las Cases is unlike any other in recent times – indeed, the hot and dry summer at the property prompted the team to liken it to 1870. Exceptionally fragrant, aromas of cassis and violet stand out on the nose. There’s a weightless quality to the wine as it glides across the palate. Medium-to full-bodied, the concentration of fruit coupled with such balanced acidity is quite unusual at this youthful stage of life – and for such a warm year. This Las Cases is a sleeping beauty that will require time in bottle to reveal its full potential.

Critic Scores

Critic scores
98
98/100

Average Score

99
98-100/100

William Kelley, Wine Advocate

100
99-100/100

James Suckling

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98 - 100 points
William Kelley, Wine Advocate
Score 98-100/100 · William Kelley, Wine Advocate, Apr 2023

One of the wines of the vintage this year is the 2022 Léoville Las Cases, a monument in the making that combines unerring classicism with unusual sensuality and charm by the standards of this estate's sometimes youthfully forbidding wines. Exhibiting deep aromas of dark berries, violets, pencil lead, rose petals and tobacco leaf, it's full-bodied, deep and multidimensional, with terrific concentration, beautiful purity of fruit, abundant but refined tannins and a long, vibrant finish. On the several occasions that I tasted it, the 2022 was surprisingly open for a young Las Cases, but it wouldn't surprise me if it were to shut down after a few years in bottle. It's a blend of 83.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10.5% Cabernet Franc and 6% Merlot.

99 - 100 points
James Suckling
Score 99-100/100 · James Suckling, Apr 2023

This shows no gravity. The tannins are totally melted in the wine and give it fantastic structure, but the texture is so fresh and vivid. Crushed stone. Cloves. Chinese spices. Great finish. Opening and flying away. Orange peel. Very special. Thought-provoking. Endless. 83.5% cabernet sauvignon, 10.5% cabernet franc and 6% merlot.

18 points
James Lawther MW, jancisrobinson.com
Score 18/20 · James Lawther MW, jancisrobinson.com, Apr 2023

Deep crimson colour. Complex, powerful and refined with blackcurrant, violet, spice and cedar notes. Juicy and dense with layered fruit and tannins. Big structure but the tannins almost hidden. Picks up pace on the finish. Long. One of the top wines this year. 83.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10.5% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot. Cask sample.

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Ch. Léoville Las Cases - producer
Leoville Las Cases

One of the leading estates in Bordeaux, Ch. Léoville Las Cases is one of the largest and oldest Classed Growths in the Médoc. Along with Ch. Ducru-Beaucaillou, it is widely considered one of the best estates in Saint-Julien.

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