Even though all three varietals from Saint-Julien (and the entire Medoc region) are renowned for their prosperous maturity, Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2014 is more focused on defining its unique style with 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 11% Cabernet Franc. Not to mention, 2014 yielded Cabernets with distinctive power, complexity along with remarkably intense yet balanced aromas. Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2014 offers bursting dark fruits, very intense, without oppressing. Although complex, this wine is very measured: delectable fresh aromas, precise attack, and sophisticated structure with smooth, creamy, and silky tannins. This is controlled, with a finish that lingers long. An exceptional Leoville Las Cases that equals some of the Premier Crus.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The Château Léoville-Las-Cases 2014 is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot cropped at 33 hectoliter per hectare matured in 85% new oak. There is 6.8% vin de presse this year. Picked between 30 September and 13 October over 12 days, it has an intense, graphite-scented bouquet, one of the most Pauillac-like that I have encountered, extremely precise and perhaps less flamboyant than recent vintages. This is very controlled. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, succinctly pitched acidity and an almost pixelated finish that lingers long and tenderly. I love the elegance here û this is an outstanding wine from Jean-Hubert Delon and his team and dare I say, equal to some of the First Growths.
|Grape varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot|
|Producer/Bottled by||CHATEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES 33250 ST JULIEN BEYCHEVELLE FRANCE|
|Producer||Château Léoville Las Cases|
- R. Gabriel : 19
- J. Robinson : 17
- Vineyard : Medoc
- Wine Spectator : 95
- Country : France
- Grape varieties : Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot