CHÂTEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES

CHÂTEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES

SAINT-JULIEN
2ème Cru Classé
Owner:
Domaines Delon
Manager:
Jean-Hubert Delon
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Domaine de Léoville was one of the oldest Médoc estate. It was split up as a result of the French revolution between 1820 and 1840, so just before the 1855 classification… creating the three Léoville known today: Léoville las Cases, Barton and Poyferré.
CHÂTEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES

With its 98 hectares of planted vines, Léoville las Cases is the largest of the three Léoville. It represents 60% and the heart (the famous walled enclosure) of the former Domaine de Léoville. Château Léoville las Cases was purchased from Jean de Las Cases in 1900 by Théophile Skawinski, the great-great-grandfather of current owner Jean-Hubert Delon, who also owns Château Potensac in north Médoc and Château Nénin in Pomerol.


The sheer quality of Léoville-Las Cases derives from its exceptional vineyard land, above all a 55-hectare parcel called "Clos de Léoville las Cases" which forms the backbone of the Grand Vin de Léoville. The "Clos de Léoville las Cases" encases a terroir of very great complexity as the plots contain many different types of soil composition. It is planted principally with Cabernet-Sauvignon, which at 66% is the predominant variety on the estate, the remainder being Merlot (24%), Cabernet Franc (9%) and Petit Verdot (1%). The cameo of geological combinations influences the growth of the vines and the composition of the grapes: the great Cabernet usually achieve their full potential whatever the vintage, giving the Grand Vin its unique personality.
Château Léoville las Cases produces the Grand Vin de Léoville but also the Clos du Marquis and the Petit Lion. The Petit Lion shares the philosophy of its elder brother ; it is vinified and aged in order to preserve its fresh and ripe fruit flavor throughout its life. However designed as a second wine, Petit Lion is more accessible and for earlier drinking with a significant proportion of Merlot used in the blend. Created in 1902, the Clos du Marquis has its origin in the “Petit Clos” adjacent to the Château de Léoville. The Clos du Marquis comes from the great Terroirs of Saint-Julien appellation that were not part of the former Léoville estate. These Terroirs are surrounded by prestigious Classified Growths including several second Growths of Saint-Julien and Pauillac. Château Léoville las Cases therefore comprices two properties with distinct Terroir characteristics, producing two Premiers Vins with different taste despite an obvious affiliation.

In its youth, Léoville las Cases is usually closed and needs at least 10 years before being fully enjoyable. After ageing, the wine develops an amazing complexity (black fruit like blackberries and blueberries, spicy notes like black pepper, cedar aromas, licorice…), and a beautiful, outstanding finish, with a hint of minerals. The palate is perfectly balanced, full, elegant, lively, intense and pure, with silky tannins and a lovely freshness. Château Léoville las Cases has always an amazing ageing potential whatever the vintages.

"If a single wine estate in Bordeaux today were to be promoted to the rank of Premier Cru Classé, Léoville las Cases would be the choice of most claret connoisseurs. The 98 hectare estate is in the appellation of Saint-Julien on the border of Pauillac and abuts some of the best vineyards of its lofty neighbour Château Latour. Perhaps this is why the structured and racy wines of Las Cases so often resemble those of Latour." James Suckling, Wine Spectator