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Chateau Léoville-Las-Cases, St Julien, 2ème CC, 2010


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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, Vinous, April 2020, 98pts: The aromatics on the Leoville Las-Cases 2010 stop you in your tracks: blackberry married with dark plum, Mirabelle, crushed stone and a scent of Christmas cake in the background. It is incredibly well defined and develops subtle floral notes with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied - an immediately elegant, classic Las Cases. It is certainly not the powerhouse that is the 2009, but focused, linear...perhaps athletic and honed. It has outstanding minerality and finesse on the finish to die for. This is an exceptional wine from Jean-Hubert Delon.

Cabernet Sauvignon 82%, Merlot 10%, Cabernet Franc 8%.

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 2010
Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon,Merlot,Cabernet Franc
ABV 13.5%