Grand Vin de Leoville - Marquis de Las Cases - AOP Saint Julien - red - 1998 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“The 1998 has turned out to be one of the vintage's superb Medocs. It boasts an opaque black/purple color as well as a classic Leoville Las Cases display of lead pencil, gorgeously pure black raspberries and cherries, smoke, and graphite. A broad yet focused entry on the palate reveals firm tannin, medium to full body, superb concentration and purity, as well as a totally symmetrical mouthfeel.” Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
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 1998 Vintage
The vintage 1998 was characterised by an early budburst and blossoming. The very hot and dry month of August then allowed a good ripening of the berries, unperturbed by a few showers during picking in September.
From: France, Bordeaux, Saint-Julien
Grapes variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 76%, Merlot 15%, Cabernet Franc 9%