2010 Leoville-Las Cases Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 3L

  • WA 98
  • WS 98
  • NM 98
  • JS 96
  • JL 96

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WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
2010 Leoville Las Cases: As one would expect this is a powerful concentrated wine with 13.7% natural alcohol (compared to 2005's 13.2%). The pH is quite normal at 3.56 and its relatively high total acidity gives it a... 2010 Leoville Las Cases: As one would expect this is a powerful concentrated wine with 13.7% natural alcohol (compared to 2005's 13.2%). The pH is quite normal at 3.56 and its relatively high total acidity gives it a classic fresh yet backward style. Given how long vintages such as 1982 1986 and I suspect 2000 are taking to reach maturity prospective purchasers of this wine should easily invest in a decade of cellaring although I suspect it will be closer to 15 or more years before it reveals secondary nuances. A good 40- to 50-year wine it is a dense purple full-bodied style of Las Cases with classic sweet kirsch graphite and black currant fruit as well as hints of new saddle leather and subtle oak. Backward layered and multi-dimensional the wine is stunningly rich but brooding. Forget it at least until 2020 or later.
WS 98
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2011
This has almost searing acidity running through it but it's ripe and mouthwatering harnessing a massive core of black currant and red licorice notes. Supertight but very fine-grained this gets tighter but also longer as... This has almost searing acidity running through it but it's ripe and mouthwatering harnessing a massive core of black currant and red licorice notes. Supertight but very fine-grained this gets tighter but also longer as it moves along. This could age in reverse for a while before it starts to unwind. A brick house. Tasted non-blind. -J.M.
NM 98
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2011
Cropped at 36.7hl/ha the Leoville Las-Cases is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc offering 13.7% alcohol and a pH of 3.56. It will be raised in 75% new oak. The nose is very intense with... Cropped at 36.7hl/ha the Leoville Las-Cases is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc offering 13.7% alcohol and a pH of 3.56. It will be raised in 75% new oak. The nose is very intense with notes of blackberry cassis tobacco and a touch of black truffle all very well defined and perhaps less generous but more cerebral than the 2009. The palate is full-bodied with exceptionally silky smooth tannins wonderful harmony and sense of beguiling composure and completeness. The finish is tannic driven by the ripe Cabernet Sauvignon. I expect this Las-Cases to close down for a few years...it will need time to mellow and reach its drinking plateau. Drink 2025-
JS 96
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 2011
This is very silky with a racy and fresh character of violets currants and raspberries. Full with a super texture. Racy structure. Reminds me of the 1996.
JL 96
Jeff Leve - TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2011
A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc represents 36.7% of the harvest. The wine reached 13.7% alcohol which is l0wer than the 13.8% level recorded in 2009. Opaque purple in color this big... A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc represents 36.7% of the harvest. The wine reached 13.7% alcohol which is l0wer than the 13.8% level recorded in 2009. Opaque purple in color this big concentrated thick wine is stuffed with ripe cassis and fresh blackberries. Powerful tannic ripe fresh and dense this masculine wine requires serious cellar time to become civilized.
JJB 96
Alex Shaw - JJ Buckley, April 2011
82% cabernet sauvignon 10% merlot 8% cabernet franc. Yields were only 36.7 hl/ha. 13.7% alcohol. Aged in 75% new oak barrels. Dark cherry blueberry and cassis reveal themselves on a sweet candied nose and notes of toasty... 82% cabernet sauvignon 10% merlot 8% cabernet franc. Yields were only 36.7 hl/ha. 13.7% alcohol. Aged in 75% new oak barrels. Dark cherry blueberry and cassis reveal themselves on a sweet candied nose and notes of toasty brioche offer lift and complexity. With massive tannins on the palate the fruit seems somewhat muted at the moment. Time should help bring this into balance. There is good length but without a more elegant expression of fruit this will turn out to be a drop-off from their blockbuster 2009.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2010

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.