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Leoville Las Cases 2023

Leoville Las Cases

Case Format: 6x75cl

Drinking Window: 2055.0

One of the largest and oldest classified growths in the Médoc, Château Léoville Las Cases is the leading estate in Saint-Julien. Comprising Cabernet Sauvignon (c.61%), Merlot (c.21%) and Cabernet Franc (c.16%) the vineyard thrives on a terroir of gravelly sand and clay soils and features vines that average over 40 years of old, with some of the Cabernet Franc vines being over 90 years of age. Léoville Las Cases’ winemaking procedure remains as traditional as possible with grapes fermented in temperature-controlled wood, concrete or stainless steel vats. Some of the oak vats are over 50 years of age. Since 1987 Léoville Las Cases have use a state-of-the-art reverse osmosis machine to help extract excess water from the grape must. Originally considered controversial, this technology is used by many of the top chateaux in Bordeaux making today. The end result is a firm, structured a powerful style of Bordeaux wine. A highly tannic wine, it usually needs between 15-20 years of bottle ageing to fully develop.

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CRITIC REVIEWS

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Georgina Hindle

Bright, gorgeous, expressive aromatics of dark purple and black fruit. A sense of opulence and clear Cabernet effects on the nose. Supple and agile, juicy and succulent, a rich almost thick cherry juiciness, fleshy, ripe and cool. Lovely minty, liquorice and graphite undertone that keep the freshness going to a long finish. It’s a bit bolder than I expected for LLC and also a bit bigger for the vintage. A characterful style, certainly not missing any body but retains pure charm - this is out to please, certainly not tough or too serious, this is more easy to approach. Lots of herbal elements, pencil lead, graphite and wet stone with cloves and cinnamon. It’s still compact no doubt, but despite the power there’s finesse and it ends clean and lifted. Up there with the best of the vintage. With 4% Merlot, it’s the lowest percentage ever in the blend - 2022 was 5%. 43hl/ha yield. Harvest September 9 to October 2. 6.6% press. 3.79pH. Ageing 18 months, 50% new.

98
Jane Anson

Structured and powerful, this is not as forbidding as En Primeur in many vintages of Las Cases, showing both flesh and florality, but the tannic walls of this great estate remain fully in place, coupled with layers of cassis and bilberry fruits, subtle hints of bitter aniseed, fennel, cola, espresso, squid ink, textured slate tannins. Expect inky depths and unashamed austerity, a wine that will take its time to open, making no excuses for demanding patience. So so good, with a balance and classicism that delivers on the best of the vintage. 80% new oak, 6.6% press wine, 3.79h, harvest September 9 to October 2, 43hl/h yield. First year in the new cellars, with 43.5ha going into the main wine from the historic walled vineyard site.

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