The 2010 Leoville-Las Cases 2023 Ex-Chateau Release is a wine that truly exemplifies the power and elegance of Bordeaux. With a deep and intense red color, this wine immediately captivates the eye. The aromas that emanate from the glass are a symphony of rich berries, cassis, burning embers, pencil shavings, and loamy soil, creating a complex and enticing bouquet.
On the palate, this wine is a true heavyweight, boasting a full-bodied and multidimensional profile. It is broad-shouldered, layered, and muscular, with immense reserves of concentration and sweet, powdery tannins. The mouthfeel is velvety and luxurious, enveloping the senses with each sip. The wine concludes with a broad and resonant finish that lingers on the palate, leaving a lasting impression.
The critics have been unanimous in their praise of this exceptional vintage. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded it a staggering 98 points, describing it as a "prodigious, somewhat imposing Las Cases." Vinous also gave it a glowing review, awarding it 96 points and describing it as "absolutely awesome" with a long life ahead.
Decanter went even further, awarding this wine a perfect 100 points and calling it "layered, textured, and deep." They noted its powerful tannic structure and its ability to simultaneously stretch out and burrow down. Meanwhile, James Suckling awarded it 99 points and praised its elegant and pretty fruit character, comparing it to the great years of 1989 and 1995.
This is a wine that demands patience and cellaring, as it is still an infant a decade after bottling. However, for those willing to wait, the rewards will be immense. With its immense power, refined texture, and immense potential, the 2010 Leoville-Las Cases is a true masterpiece of Bordeaux winemaking.