Chateau Léoville-Las-Cases, St Julien, 2ème CC, 2006

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If St Julien had a First Growth, this estate would be it; wonderful winemaking, and the best terroir in the commune, being situated between the village of St Julian and Chateau Latour. Exotically perfumed, powerful and concentrated, yet retaining striking balance.

Neil Martin,, May 2016, 96pts: The 2006 Château Léoville Las-Cases has a very complex bouquet with heady scents of blackcurrant, kirsch, crushed violets, rock salt and just a hint of cassis. It is backward and can barely contain its energy. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very symmetrical and poised, a fine line of acidity interwoven through the black fruit, touches of citrus fruit developing towards the poised and tensile finish.

Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Merlot 14.5%, Cabernet Franc 0.5%.

One of the oldest Medoc estates, Domaine de Léoville belonged to some of the wealthiest and most influential noble French families before it was acquired by the Las Cases family. The estate was split up between 1826 and 1840 as a result of the French Revolution, and Château Léoville Las Cases was created from 3/5 of the original estate and the heart of the domain. Two other estates were created from the balance of the original estate: Chateaux Léoville Barton and Léoville Poyferré.

The heart of their vineyard is known as the Grand Clos, a walled parcel situated in the north of Saint Julien, bordering Pauillac. In fact, it is located next door to Chateau Latour on the north side, separeted only by a tiny stream. Unsurprisingly, Léoville Las-Cases is considered a "Super Second Growh".

Type Red
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation St Julien
Vintage 2006
Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon,Merlot,Cabernet Franc
ABV 13.0%