2010 Leoville-Las Cases 2023 Ex-Chateau Release

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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DC 100 WE 100 JS 99 WS 99 JL 98 WA 98 VN 96
DC 100

Decanter, January 2020

Layered, textured, deep, cigar box, cassis and earth, managing to simultaneously stretch out, and burrow down. The edges open slowly but surely and seductively. Still inky in colour, this has all the powerful texture and...
WE 100

Wine Enthusiast, May 2013

A hugely powerful wine, full of dark, brooding tannins. It's a wine for seriously long-term aging, a sculptural vision of classic Bordeaux structure with with classy, ripe blackberry fruits. It has fresh acidity and an...
JS 99

jamessuckling.com, February 2013

The aromas to this wine have a beautiful purity of raspberries, blueberries, currants, and flowers that follow to a a full body, with super integrated tannins that are like the finest silk in texture. It shows elegant and...
WS 99

Wine Spectator, March 2013

Stunning and pure from the get-go, with intense cassis and blackberry fruit. Ultimately takes a slightly austere approach, with a wrought-iron structure driving along while pastis, black tea, licorice snap and asphalt...
JL 98

TheWineCellarInsider.com, September 2015

Closing down, this is going to need extensive cellaring to display its ample character. This wine is concentrated and filled with layers of perfectly ripe, berries. The tannins are polished, the acidity keeps it fresh...
WA 98

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2022

The most powerful wine in this vertical is the 2010 Léoville Las Cases, a full-bodied, deep and multidimensional behemoth redolent of rich berries, cassis, burning embers, pencil shavings and loamy soil. Broad-shouldered...
VN 96

Vinous, April 2020

The 2010 Leoville Las Cases has a clean and precise bouquet, beautifully focused with blackberry, melted tar, cigar humidor and crushed stone aromas. It gains intensity with aeration without ever losing its precision. The...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2010
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

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.

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.