Château Léoville Las Cases 2015
• 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 2015 Leoville Las-Cases has the highest Cabernet contents in recent years, 85% and 9% of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc respectively, partly because some of the old Merlot vines were blended into the deuxième vin. Picked between 22 September and 9 October, a total of 15 days picking, it will be matured in 85% new oak. The alcohol level is 13.8%, higher than 2010 for example. Jean-Hubert Delon has crafted an extremely pure and tensile bouquet, almost pixelated with blackberry, briary, slate and oyster shell aromas that blossom in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied, svelte and sensual on the entry, the tannins a little edgy with a gentle crescendo: black fruit, tons of minerals, real focus and precision towards the finish. This is a superlative Léoville Las-Cases with the substance to suggest long-term aging will be repaid." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (4/27/2016, Issue 224), Ratings: 95-97, Drink: 2028-2070