‘A superlative Léoville Las-Cases’ – Neal Martin

Léoville Las-Cases is arguably the most imperious wine from the Medoc. Like the imposing archway to the grand ‘Clos’, their wines are statuesque and grand. The vast proportion of the Grand Vin hails from the 55 hectare ‘Clos’ that dominates the north tip of St Julien and adjoins the vineyards of Latour.

Their 2015 is what you’d call a ‘profound’ wine. It evokes all the characteristics of great Leovilles of the past: noble flavours of cassis and minerals, huge length and regal tannins that firmly caress the mouth. This is clearly a wine of First Growth proportions and class. Some may lament the loss of Latour from the en primeur system, but you needn’t worry about that, Las Cases is every bit as good, and at £1475 per dozen, it’s significantly better value!

‘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. Drink: 2028 – 2070. 95-97/100’. - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

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