Leoville Las Cases hails almost entirely from the grand 60 hectare clos which runs from the northern tip of St Julien village to the vineyards of Chateau Latour. This is possibly one of the finest terroirs for Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc in the Medoc. The 2014 is a spectacular blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc cropped at 33 hl/ha. The bouquet is laced with complex minerals and dark, brooding cassis fruit and just a hint of florality too. This has a serious and impressive attack of cool dark berry fruit - there is real power and concentration here and a multidimensional quality that is not present in many 2014s at this early stage. Cranberries and redcurrant jam notes intersperse the dark mass of black fruit. There is an imposing tannic structure as one would expect from a great Las Cases; be in no doubt, this is definitely built to last. It must rank as one of the most serious and impressive wines of the Medoc - classically styled and more masculine and muscular than most of its peers. A striking and imposing wine.
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.
St-Julien may not have any first growths like its neighbour Pauillac but has a raft of high-performing Châteaux in its ranks, second through to fourth growths, Including Ducru-Beaucaillou, Léoville Las Cases, Léoville-Poyferré, Léoville-Barton.
Gruaud-Larose and Talbot. For many St-Julien is quintessential claret, robust, powerful but refined subtle and poised. Gravelly soils dominate, hence wide plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot.