2006 Leoville-Las Cases Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L

  • WA 96
  • WS 95
  • IWC 94

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WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2016
Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London and then blind at Farr Vintners horizontal, the 2006 Château Léoville Las-Cases has a very complex bouquet with heady scents of blackcurrant, kirsch, crushed... Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London and then blind at Farr Vintners horizontal, 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. This is a beautiful wine from Jean-Hubert Delon, but it needs several years in bottle. Tasted April 2016. - Neal Martin
WS 95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, February 2009
Offers a pure nose of crushed raspberry and violet with aniseed. Full-bodied with beautiful well-integrated tannins and a long polished texture to the finish. Very beautiful. Harmonious and structured. Best after 2015. -JS
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2009
Bright full ruby. Brooding aromas of cassis black cherry minerals bitter chocolate shoe polish and violet; more Pauillac than Saint-Julien on the nose. Then rich lush and powerful with impressive fullness and volume. As... Bright full ruby. Brooding aromas of cassis black cherry minerals bitter chocolate shoe polish and violet; more Pauillac than Saint-Julien on the nose. Then rich lush and powerful with impressive fullness and volume. As full and sweet as this is there's no impression of excess weight and the back end shows a distinctly austere quality even if the serious tannins are nicely buffered by the wine's rich middle. Really stains the palate with flavor on the aftertaste. Wonderfully ripe cabernet sauvignon here; in fact most of the cab franc in 2006 was declassified into the Clos du Marquis. 94 points
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2006

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The Grand Vin is the product of exceptional terroirs from the heart of the original Leoville estate. These are located mainly in the Clos Leoville-Las Cases, which you pass as you leave the village of Saint-Julien for Pauillac. They extend over nearly 60 hectares producing Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc with a complex, polished expression and characteristics which are totally unique to the Grand Vin of Las Cases.

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Leoville-Las Cases

One of the oldest Medoc estates, Domaine de Leoville belonged to some of the wealthiest and most influential noble French families before it was acquired by the Las Cases family. Like many properties after the French Revolution, the estate was divided between 1826 and 1840 into the three Leovilles we know today: Leoville-Las Cases, Leoville-Poyferre and Leoville-Barton.

Chateau Leoville-Las Cases was created, thanks to a kind of birthright, from three-fifths of the original estate, including the very heart of the property. The Grand Vin has therefore been sourced from the best part of the original terroir since the 17th century.

Pierre Jean, Adolphe, and Gabriel de Las Cases were successive heirs to the property until 1900, when Theophile Skawinski purchased a share in the estate and became its manager. Leoville-Las Cases has now been managed by the same family since the late 19th century and is today represented by Jean-Hubert Delon, sole owner of the chateau and proprietor of Chateau Potensac in the Medoc and Chateau Nenin in Pomerol.