2008 Leoville-Las Cases Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L

  • JS 95
  • WS 94
  • NM 94
  • WA 93
  • IWC 93

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JS 95
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, December 2010
Super racy and balanced. Masses of licorice and currants intense aromas. Full and very silky with an intensity of fruit. Reminds me of the 1996. Best after 2015.
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, December 2010
This is loaded for the vintage with layer upon layer of crushed blackberry fig paste and mulled black currant offset by smolder-ing tobacco charcoal and anise notes. The finish is all iron and roasted earth for now with... This is loaded for the vintage with layer upon layer of crushed blackberry fig paste and mulled black currant offset by smolder-ing tobacco charcoal and anise notes. The finish is all iron and roasted earth for now with the density to be among the longest-lived wines of the vintage. Best from 2013 through 2023. From France.-J.M.
NM 94
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, February 2012
Tasted ex-château and single blind in Southwold. We opened both bottles of the Château Leoville Las-Cases 2008 the first inexplicably missing a little substance but the second much more deserving. This has a very classic... Tasted ex-château and single blind in Southwold. We opened both bottles of the Château Leoville Las-Cases 2008 the first inexplicably missing a little substance but the second much more deserving. This has a very classic austere bouquet with blackberry cedar sous-bois and tobacco. It has fine definition and comes across quite Graves-like in style. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins slightly dusty black fruit but with fine delineation towards the long graphite finish. Tasted January 2012.
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
A classic style of Las Cases that is somewhat masculine for the vintage tannic and backward and less formidably concentrated than the 2009 or 2010 the 2008 needs 7-8 years of cellaring. Dense purple the aromatics are... A classic style of Las Cases that is somewhat masculine for the vintage tannic and backward and less formidably concentrated than the 2009 or 2010 the 2008 needs 7-8 years of cellaring. Dense purple the aromatics are closed but with coaxing and aggressive swirling notes of crushed rock black currants and some forest floor notes emerge. Impressively built medium to full-bodied layered and stunningly concentrated this is a sleeper vintage for Leoville Las Cases that should improve considerably given how closed it was the day I tasted it. It is another 30+ year wine from proprietor Jean-Hubert Delon. 93+
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2011
Full ruby-red. Deep mineral-driven aromas of cassis camphor peat and spicy oak. Large-scaled and deep; at once powerful and seamless with impressively concentrated sharply delineated black fruit and mineral flavors. ... Full ruby-red. Deep mineral-driven aromas of cassis camphor peat and spicy oak. Large-scaled and deep; at once powerful and seamless with impressively concentrated sharply delineated black fruit and mineral flavors. Seriously structured wine but at the same time quite suave. The rising very long finish stains the palate with black fruits. 93(+?)
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2008

Label

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.

Winery

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.