Grand Vin de Leoville - Marquis de Las Cases - AOP Saint Julien - 2010 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“The 2010 Leoville Las Cases has a very intense, multifaceted bouquet of blackberry, raspberry, orange blossom, pipe tobacco and light white pepper aromas. The oak is now fully enmeshed, and if anything it blossoms with aeration. The palate has softened a little since I tasted this in 2014, but there remains a wonderful arching texture, a fine bead of acidity and enormous length. The persistency here is outstanding, but there is also plenty of freshness. This may be a little more open than I imagined, though I would still give it another two or three years in bottle. Tasted at the chateau.” Neal Martin for Vinous
Château Léoville Las Cases is today among the most emblematic estates of the prestigious Saint-Julien appellation located on the Left Bank from the Bordeaux region. It is recognized as one of the oldest estates in the Médoc with a heritage based on a long wine tradition.
The strength of this estate is its exceptional terroir. Château Léoville Las Cases has 55 hectares planted inside the renowned Clos de Léoville with a complex mosaic of terroirs. The Gironde River near the estate benefits the vineyards as a heat regulator. It helps to keep temperatures moderate and acts as a frost barrier. The vines grow in Günz gravel soils that is made up of a gravel-sandy subsoil on top of a deep layer of clay. This terroir is at the core of the estate’s exceptional wines that display the typicity of each of the symbolic Left Bank black varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Le Grand Vin de Léoville du Marquis de Las Cases brings together the complexity and uniqueness from the Clos Léoville Las Cases plots that were part of the estate’s original domaine. Le Grand Vin de Léoville du Marquis de Las Cases is of monumental structure and is at the height of refinement and nobility on the nose and palate. It displays a personality with unique singularity, which leaves an unforgettable impression on the memory of purists.
The 2010 Vintage
After beginning with a very dry and hot month of April, the growth cycle was then considerably slowed down by cool temperatures in May and June. Bunch closure and colour change took place in perfect conditions thanks to dry, sunny weather in July and early August. The grapes were able to ripen beautifully with the excellent weather of August and September.
From: France, Bordeaux, Saint-Julien
Grapes variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 82%, Merlot 10%, Cabernet Franc 8%