Château Léoville Las Cases 2014
• Domaine: Château Léoville Las Cases
• A.O.C.: Saint-Julien
• Classification: Second Growth, 2ème Grand Cru Classé in 1855
Situated next to Château Latour, Château Léoville Las Cases is less expensive than first growths but often equal in quality, as once observed by Robert Parker.
"The 2014 Leoville-Las Cases is a blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, with Cabernet Franc and Merlot, cropped at 33 hectoliters per hectare and 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 a delectable bouquet with very precise, mineral-rich black fruit infused with oyster shell, which appears to be a leitmotif of Jean-Huber Delon's 2014s! The palate is medium-bodied with wondrous purity and tension, the acidity beautifully poised and imparting the palpable sense of energy from start to finish. Where it really excels is on the finish: exquisite structure, very complex with enormous persistence that lingers for more than a minute. Surely the wine of the appellation, ditto one of the best Left Bank 2014s." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Ratings: 96