Winery Notes: The Second Growth classified estate of Leoville Las Cases continues to produce wines of exceptional quality, rivaling those of the First Growth producers. The wines are full-bodied, concentrated and complex, and have tremendous aging potential. Typical blends consist of over 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, with lesser amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and a small amount of Petit Verdot. Bargain hunters should also keep an eye out for the estate's second label, Clos du Marquis.
Ratings & Reviews Glossary
Very ripe, with raisin and dried fruits on the nose. You can smell the sun-dried grapes. Full-bodied, delivering firm tannins and a very fresh palate. Long and flavorful, offering currant, berries and all sorts of dark fruits, but turns lightly earthy and floral. This is a thoroughly complex wine. Just starting to really open into the mature 20-year-old wine it is, but such a great life ahead of it. Muscular.—'89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009) James Suckling - Wine Spectator
The 1989 resembles a synthesis of the 1982 and 1986 in weight, texture, and character. Delon harvested his Merlot on September 5th and 6th, producing cuvees of Merlot that ranged from 13% to 14.5% alcohol. His Cabernet was harvested the 24th and 25th of September. Fifty percent of the crop was relegated to the second wine, the Clos du Marquis. Opaque deep ruby/purple, this rich wine offers a reserved yet promising bouquet of black and red fruits nicely interspersed with scents of vanillin. Very rich, opulent, long, and mouthfilling, Las Cases is packed with fruit, is medium to full-bodied, and impeccably well-balanced. Although showy and flattering after bottling, the wine has closed down and is now difficult to penetrate and assess. Given its low acidity, it should open and blossom in several years. Anticipated maturity: 1996-2020. Robert Parker - Wine Advocate, Aug/1993.