One of the largest and oldest classified growths in the Médoc, Château Léoville Las Cases is the leading estate in Saint-Julien. Following on from the 2007 vintage, they created their formidable second wine, Le Petit Lion du Marquis de Las Cases, amidst a period where several vineyard plots were being uprooted and replanted. The Léoville Las Cases vineyards comprise Cabernet Sauvignon (c.61%), Merlot (c.21%) and Cabernet Franc (c.16%) and thrive on a terroir of gravelly sand and clay soil. For Le Petit Lion du Marquis there is a significant portion of Merlot in the blend, with grapes taken from old vines from a north-facing plot close to Latour. This concentrated wine often features aromas and flavours of dark fruits and has been created with the intention to be drunk earlier than the grand vin.