2009 Leoville-Las Cases Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 6L

  • JS 99
  • WA 98
  • WS 98
  • WE 98
  • IWC 95

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JS 99
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2012
Amazing aromas of cep mushrooms dark fruits and fresh flowers follow through to a full body and super velvety tannins with a long long finish. Gorgeous structure to this. Sexy and almost decadent. Just like when I tasted... Amazing aromas of cep mushrooms dark fruits and fresh flowers follow through to a full body and super velvety tannins with a long long finish. Gorgeous structure to this. Sexy and almost decadent. Just like when I tasted it in Hong Kong. Try in 2019.
WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2012
The 2009 Leoville Las Cases may be the most open-knit and forward Las Cases I have tasted to date. Analytically it is high in tannin and the alcohol is 13.8% nearly a record at this estate. This blend of 76% Cabernet... The 2009 Leoville Las Cases may be the most open-knit and forward Las Cases I have tasted to date. Analytically it is high in tannin and the alcohol is 13.8% nearly a record at this estate. This blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc was showing brilliantly at the 2009 tasting I did in Hong Kong and at a later tasting. It boasts an inky/purple color monumental concentration and lots of sweet jammy black currant black cherry and kirsch fruit intermixed with crushed rock and mineral notes. As always proprietor Jean-Hubert Delon has built a massive wine with exceptional precision unbelievable purity and aging potential of 40-50 years. I was surprised by the lusciousness of this cuvee on several occasions and how much more forward it is given the fact that Las Cases can often be forebodingly backward and in need of 10-15 years of cellaring (at age 30 the 1982 is still a baby in terms of development!). The super-concentrated 2009 needs another 5-7 years before additional nuances emerge. This is a brilliant full-throttle St.-Julien. 98+
WS 98
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2012
This is gorgeously layered with cassis bush anise roasted fig and plum reduction notes all framed by racy espresso and graphite. Very deep and very long with terrific intensity on the finish thanks to razor cut from the... This is gorgeously layered with cassis bush anise roasted fig and plum reduction notes all framed by racy espresso and graphite. Very deep and very long with terrific intensity on the finish thanks to razor cut from the seemingly endless iron spine. With its purity and precision this mineral-driven Cabernet should cruise for two decades. Best from 2020 through 2035.
WE 98
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, April 2012
A beautifully structured wine with its tannins layered between the ripest black plums damsons and black currants. It is opulent while remaining dense concentrated and very serious. Certainly a wine for long-term aging.
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2012
Brilliant medium ruby. Brooding medicinal aromas of cassis blueberry exotic spices and sexy oak. Large-scaled dense and deep with superconcentrated dark fruit and spice flavors given definition by strong acidity. ... Brilliant medium ruby. Brooding medicinal aromas of cassis blueberry exotic spices and sexy oak. Large-scaled dense and deep with superconcentrated dark fruit and spice flavors given definition by strong acidity. Hugely rich but impeccably balanced Saint-Julien wine with a great slowly building finish featuring a boatload of harmonious noble fully ripe tannins. This endless subtle wine is at first growth level in 2009.
JJB 98
John Perry - JJ Buckley, March 2010
A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc with 6.4% vin de presse delivering 13.4% alcohol and a pH of 3.65. An absolutely deep and enveloping nose that covers the senses like a heavy blanket... A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc with 6.4% vin de presse delivering 13.4% alcohol and a pH of 3.65. An absolutely deep and enveloping nose that covers the senses like a heavy blanket with perfectly pure notes of black cherry raspberry and cassis along with a bit of anise. Supple smooth and round on the palate with deep dense fruit yet not over-the-top - despite everything this blockbuster retains it's elegance and the elements are in terrific harmony. Shows excellent structure with plenty of fine sweet tannins and a real sense of place. Definitely one for the cellar but not a backwards monolithic beast that will need forever to come around I can't wait to see how this evolves over the years. This is pure and simple a top notch Bordeaux and possibly the wine of the vintage.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2009

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.