80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 35,5 hl/ha, 14,49 % vol., 90 % neue Barriques. Tiefes Purpurgranat mit satter Mitte und violettem Rand. Sehr konzentriertes fruchtig-würziges Bouquet mit Wildkirsche, Rosmarin und Heidekraut. Im zweiten Ansatz Alpenheidelbeeren, Graphitspuren, frischer schwarzer tasmanischer Bergpfeffer, rote Johannisbeeren und Veilchen. Am kräftigen, komplexen Gaumen mit seidiger Textur, engmaschigem Tanningerüst gepaart mit einer unglaublichen Frische, die dem Wein eine grandiose Finesse verleiht. Im katapultartigen Finale mit einem Feuerwerk aus schwarzbeeriger Frucht, tiefschürfender Mineralik und lebendiger Rasse mit einem Touch von Bleistiftmine endend. Ein grossartiger St.-Julien, der sich dieses Jahr vor Ducru die Krone in der Appellation St.-Julien aufsetzt und der zu Recht die Bestnote erhält!
We produced great Cabernet Franc this year,” Directeur Général Pierre Graffeuille told me during my visit to Léoville Las Cases. Even though only 3% of the press wine was added back, he was also absolutely glowing about the quality of this too. And he should be—the finished blend for the 2018 Léoville Las Cases is yet another triumph for this great estate. Composed of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc and 9% Merlot, harvested September 15 to October 4 with yields of 35.5 hectoliters per hectare, it has 14.49% alcohol and will be aged in barriques, 90% new. Very deep purple-black in color, it is a little closed to begin, slowly emerging from the glass to reveal subtle woodsmoke, violets, tilled soil and underbrush scents over a core of warm cassis, wild blueberries and redcurrant jelly plus hints of rare beef and iron ore. Full-bodied, rich, super concentrated and bursting with latent energy, this is an atomic bomb waiting to go off in your mouth. It has a rock-solid foundation of firm, very ripe, very finely grained tannins and bold freshness supporting the muscular fruit through the epically long, amazingly nuanced finish. Simply breathtaking.
Les Domaines Delon Château Léoville Las Cases 33250 Saint-Julien Beychevelle Frankreich / France
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One of the oldest Medoc estates, Domaine de Léoville belonged to some of the wealthiest and most influential noble French families before it was acquired by the Las Cases family. The estate was split up between 1826 and 1840 as a result of the French Revolution. (Expropriation of emigrants’ property and constitution of egalitarian redistribution). Château Léoville Las Cases was created, thanks to a kind of birthright, from 3/5 of the original estate and the heart of the domain. The Grand Vin’s current terroir has therefore been at the historic heart of the original terroir since the 17th century.
Pierre Jean, Adolphe and Gabriel de Las Cases were successive heirs to the property until 1900, when Théophile Skawinski purchased a share in the estate and became its manager. Léoville Las Cases has now been managed by the same family since the late 19th century and is today represented by Jean-Hubert Delon, sole owner of the Château and proprietor of Château Potensac in the Medoc and Château Nénin in Pomerol.