The Château Léoville Las Cases is a french estate located in Saint Julien Beychevelle in Gironde. It is a second classified growth in Médoc classification of 1855.
Jean-Hubert Delon is not lacking in passion nor discipline. The vintages who marched during the past quarter century testify for him. In the Saint-Julien appellation, whether the wines are from in important vintage or a less significant one, they are without a doubt amongst the best. A property absolutely exemplary in the Bordeaux region. The largest of the three Léoville is certainly the greatest in quality and, in the opinion of many, it should be among the first growths. Michel Delon, the "Lord" as he was known, is largely responsible for this recognition.
Since 1976, when he succeeded his father, he worked to reconstruct the drainage of land, to modernize and expand the winery, monitor the performance of its vines. He had this deep attachment to land and work values. His son Jean-Hubert took over in 2000, following his disparition. Las Cases is a typical Saint-Julien of rare nobility of expression and has a breathtaking structure.
(01-2000) Plummy coloured; low-key nose; nice fruit, the tannin on the raw side.
(01-2019) Medium ruby, first ripe tones. Nose with herbal spice, coffee and tobacco, floral notes above. The palate seems soft and round, as round as I rarely had in the glass in 1994, accessible, playful, with prominent tannins and a nice acidity, the fruit lingers pleasantly long on the finish, ends - like many 94s - slightly drying.
(11-2011) Tasted at 28-50 restaurant at the 1994 dinner. The Las-Cases ’94 has always been a strong Left Bank wine up there with the First Growths. This bottle does not quite match previous performances. It still displays impressive intensity on the nose with cedar, sous-bois, briary and a touch of wild mint that borders on menthol. The palate is medium-bodied and not quite as complex as previous bottles. It displays fine cohesion and well-judged acidity. It remains masculine and foursquare and perhaps it has its nose slightly put out of joint by the affable nature and liveliness on the finish of the Leoville Barton. Still, this has very good substance and should continue to drink well for another decade.
(08-2014) Firm, or perhaps austere is a better term for its character, there is fruit, but the wine is better on the nose, with its tobacco, earth, cedar, cassis, herbs and blackberry scents, than on the palate with its drying tannins. This is very classic in style and will appeal more to tasters convinced that Robert Parker ruined the Bordeaux of their youth. Drink now, or age it further, but you should not expect this to get better with more age.