Château Léoville Las Cases, 2ème Cru Classé, St Julien
    Château Léoville Las Cases

    Château Léoville Las Cases, 2ème Cru Classé, St Julien,

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    Château Léoville Las Cases, 2ème Cru Classé, St Julien, 2002

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Château Léoville Las Cases, 2ème Cru Classé, St Julien, 2002

    A great wine not only due to the ripeness of the small percentage of Merlot but the fabulous quality of the 14% Cabernet Franc and 5% of Petit Verdot, not to mention the large proportion of super ripe Cabernet Sauvignon – natural alcohol is 13.5 °. 2002 is a great expression of the Clos de Lascases that makes up the majority of the grand vin. Vibrant dark purple colour, high toned intense violets, cedar and cassis, sumptuous texture. Fine yet explosive tannins. Beautifully balanced.

    Maturity:
    Keep/Drink
    ABV:
    13.5%
    94/100
    Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux
    Deeper in colour and presence than the 1995, this jumps into the world of young Las Cases, a reminder that 20 years of age is pretty much the minimum to begin truly drinking and appreciating this wine, as it makes its shift from monumental to graceful. Black fruit, cassis, blackberry, tannins are tingling and gripping, transmitting power and energy to the mint leaf, slate, crushed rock and eucalyptus finish. Just revving out of the gate, and as it lingers in the glass, the earthy truffled notes you find in the older vintages are just making an appearance, the ghost of Las Cases future. A tightrope walk of concentration and elegance. 50% new oak. Jean-Hubert Delon owner.
    Date Reviewed:
    01/2023
    93+/100
    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous
    Moderately saturated red-ruby. Captivating if cooler nose of blackcurrant, licorice and minerals. Very intensely flavored and gripping if currently quite tight. The black fruit and menthol flavors show an almost medicinal austerity and uncanny penetration on the palate. Very ripe for 2002, at 13.5%, with a pH of 3.85. Today, I find a more classically firm finish and a bit more personality than in the young 2004, but then the new vintage has a long way to go before it's in bottle.
    Date Reviewed:
    05/2005

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    France
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    Bordeaux
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    Château Léoville Las Cases

    Château Léoville Las Cases

    Following the death of the Marquis de Las Cases, the vast Leoville estate was split into three. The Marquis’ son Jean-Pierre took the third that is now Leoville Las Cases, the Marquis’ daughter, Jeanne’s share became what we know as Leoville Poyferre following her marriage to the Baron de Poyferre and the final third was auctioned off and purchased by Hugh Barton.

    The great clos of Leoville Las Cases with its grand gates and stone lion is one of the most iconic images of the Medoc. This vast vineyard occupies the most favourable site in the northernmost corner of St Julien. The vineyard is separated from the Grand L'Enclos of Latour by a little ditch. If the 1855 Classification were to be rewritten today, Leoville Las Cases would certainly be a prime candidate for promotion.

    Jean-Hubert Delon manages the estate producing wines of great stature and nobility. When Las Cases is on song, it is hard to find anything as enthralling; it is one of the great Cabernet based wines of the world. They have recently introduced a very impressive second wine, Le Petit Lion du Marquis de Las Cases. Clos de Marquis hails from plots to the west of the D2 which weren't part of the original Leoville estate. These vineyards are surrounded by three notable second growths: Leoville Poyferre, Leoville Barton and Pichon Lalande.

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