2020 Leoville-Las Cases Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 3L
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REVIEWS

JS 99 JD 98 JL 98 VN 98 WE 98 DC 97 JA 97 WA 97 WS 96
JS 99

jamessuckling.com, May 2021

(JS 98-99 points) This is incredibly classic in style with so much currant, lead pencil, crushed stone and sweet tobacco. It’s full-bodied with minerally, stoney and powerful tannins. It goes on and one. Real Las Cases...
JD 98

jebdunnuck.com, March 2023

Another 2020 that's going to demand patience, the 2020 Château Léoville Las Cases is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend that includes 11% Cabernet Franc and 8% Merlot that was raised in 80% new French oak. It's a regal...
JL 98

TheWineCellarInsider.com, May 2021

(96-98 points) Dark garnet in color, the wine pops with aromas of tobacco leaf, cigar box, cedar, herbs, black currants, coffee and spice. Refined, fresh, polished and firm, the fruit is vibrant, long and intense. The...
VN 98

Vinous, February 2023

(98+ points) The 2020 Léoville Las Cases has developed into a powerhouse. Then again, that is Las Cases. En primeur, I thought the 2020 was a bit shy, but its true personality has to emerge. Blackberry jam, gravel...
WE 98

Wine Enthusiast,

(96-98 points) Barrel Sample. The wine's richness comes both from the dark tannins and the pure, classic black currant flavors. Acidity, yes, but surrounded by dense fruits and tannins that give the wine considerable...
DC 97

Decanter, January 2023

Perfumed touches on the nose, quite high toned, blackcurrant but almost liqueur with rose petal and candy floss nuances. On the point of ripeness, still tense, not hugely expansive in the mouth or particularly weighty but...
JA 97

janeanson.com, December 2022

Richly textured from the first moment, pencil lead, cassis, black cherry, cigar box, liqourice and espresso, just waves of utterly gorgeous flavours. I highly recommend that if you can find a way to taste a young Las...
WA 97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2023

(97+ points) The 2020 Léoville Las Cases is a classic in the making, unwinding in the glass with aromas of cherries, cassis, loamy soil, violets and dark chocolate framed by a discreet touch of new oak. Full-bodied...
WS 96

Wine Spectator, November 2022

Sleek and slightly austere in feel, with a cold cast iron note framing a core of tightly compressed cassis, plum and blackberry fruit flavors. Shows subtle flashes of tobacco and smoldering charcoal as well, as the finish...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2020
Size 3L
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 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.

The 2020 Leoville-Las Cases [Bordeaux Blend] is a highly acclaimed wine from the renowned Bordeaux region of France, specifically St Julien. This vintage is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and 8% Cabernet Franc, boasting an alcohol content of 13.5%. The wine is sealed with a traditional cork closure and is characterized by its deep garnet color.

James Suckling awarded this wine an outstanding score of 99 points, describing it as "incredibly classic in style with so much currant, lead pencil, crushed stone, and sweet tobacco. It’s full-bodied with minerally, stoney and powerful tannins." He emphasizes its longevity and depth, noting that it "goes on and on" and concludes with "violet, graphite and licorice at the end" (JamesSuckling.com, 5/18/2021).

Decanter also gave it high praise with a score of 97 points, highlighting its "perfumed touches on the nose" and "really confident energy." It is described as "vibrant and compelling" with "perfectly integrated" tannins and a "silky overall texture." Decanter notes the wine's precision and potential for evolution, calling it "a wonderful wine that makes you really think about how it’s going to evolve" (Decanter, 1/3/2023).

Jeff Leve from TheWineCellarInsider.com rated it 98 points, appreciating its "aromas of tobacco leaf, cigar box, cedar, herbs, black currants, coffee and spice." He describes the wine as "refined, fresh, polished and firm," with "ripe almost creamy in texture" tannins and a "long, regal and compelling" finish (5/20/2021).

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also commended the wine with a score of 97 points, noting its "aromas of cherries, cassis, loamy soil, violets, and dark chocolate framed by a discreet touch of new oak." The review emphasizes its "deep core of fruit framed by sweet, powdery tannins and lively acids" (4/6/2023).

Jeb Dunnuck matched this sentiment, giving it 98 points and describing it as "regal, medium to full-bodied, concentrated, flawlessly balanced" with a "pure core of cassis and darker currant fruits" (3/29/2023).

Wine Enthusiast and Jane Anson also rated it highly, both giving it 98 and 97 points respectively. Wine Enthusiast praised its "dark tannins and pure, classic black currant flavors," while Anson highlighted its "richly textured" profile with "pencil lead, cassis, black cherry, cigar box, licorice and espresso" (Wine Enthusiast, JaneAnson.com).

Vinous, in a review by Antonio Galloni, awarded it 98+ points, calling it a "powerhouse" and "one of the wines of the vintage in 2020" (2/23/2023).

Overall, the 2020 Leoville-Las Cases is a robust, complex wine with significant aging potential, receiving high praise from multiple esteemed reviewers.