Bordeaux Red Saint-Julien

Second Wine of Leoville Las-Cases


ws 94 points
91 rating
750 ML
The vintage 2000 was especially early thanks to rather mild weather at the beginning of the growth cycle. After heavy rain in April and cool weather until mid-June, the summer was then hot and dry up until the harvest. These very good weather conditions allowed us to produce perfectly balanced grapes with extremely rich phenolic

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#14 Wine Spectator ‘Top 100’ 2003

Second Wine of Leoville Las-Cases, Outstanding!

From the Delon vineyards just inland of the Léoville vineyards, this is showing nicely now with two decades under its belt. In the glass it displays a dusty claret oxblood rim, wrapped around a dark core. From the get-go the nose offers up a blast of blackcurrants, but with some time in the decanter it reveals a more mature character, with threads of roasted currant and more evolved, leathery fruits, with a touch of green peppercorn and mint. CHRIS KISSACK

Wine Spectator – 94 Points

The nose shows loads of plum, spice and meat aromas, as well as hints of licorice. It’s full-bodied, with firm, yet velvety textured tannins. It’s big and rounded. If you can’t afford Las Cases, try some of this. Some might call this a second wine, but it comes from a plot of vineyards not deemed worthy of Léoville Las Cases. So it’s like its own estate. Best after 2009. 20,000 cases made. 3/2003 winespectator.com Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2003 (#14)

Wine Advocate – 91 Points

One of the great sleepers of the vintage and probably the best Clos de Marquis I have ever tasted, this wine could easily compete with many of the vintage’s classified growths. Dense, opaque purple-colored, with creme de cassis, vanilla, and cherry notes, medium to full body, an unctuous texture, low acidity, and a more evolved style than its bigger sibling, Leoville Las Cases, this dense, chewy, remarkably concentrated and stylish wine should be at its best between 2005 and 2018. 4/2003 robertparker.com —Robert Parker Jr.

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