79 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 % Cabernet Franc, 11 % Merlot, 14,05 %-vol.. Tiefes Purpur mit satter Mitte und lila Rand. Ein konzentriertes Parfüm nach Wildkirschen, Sandelholz und tiefgründiger Terroirwürze. Im zweiten Ansatz zarter Veilchenduft, Wacholder und Pflaumen. Am komplexen Gaumen sehr präzise, man spürt die Tiefe und Länge, trotzdem behält die Finesse ganz klar die Führung, super seidige Textur, das Ganze umrahmt von einer magischen Rasse, Anklänge an Bleistiftmine. Im nicht enden wollenden Finale wie ein Pfeil lang und elegant, eindrücklich mit einem gewaltigen Potenzial, das DNA von Las Cases. Eine grandiose Meisterleistung, Gänsehaut! Der Wein des Jahrgangs?
The 2019 Léoville Las Cases is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 11% Merlot. Harvest began early for the Merlot, on the 18th of September, and the Cabernets were picked in October, finishing on the 8th of October. The IPT number (measurement of tannins) is 80—the same as 2018. The alcohol came at 14.02% (lower than 2018), but it does seem a little lower than this percentage, probably because the pH is a little lower this year, at 3.67. It is aging in French oak barriques, 90% new. The color is opaque purple-black, with a nose that unfurls slowly in the glass, beginning with vibrant, expressive black fruit notes of freshly crushed blackcurrants, ripe blackberries and fresh black cherries, followed by a beguiling array of floral and earth nuances—candied violets, lavender, fragrant soil, underbrush, crushed rocks and black truffles. The medium to full-bodied wine dances ever so gracefully on the palate, demurely revealing tightly wound layers of of bright, crunchy black fruits and tantalizing floral and mineral sparks, supported by a rock-solid structure of firm, finely grained tannins and fantastic tension, finishing with epic persistence. Although the style is completely different, the barrel sample is behaving a lot like the Haut-Brion sample was when I tasted it, in that it appears to be holding just that little bit extra back right now. I have to call it as I see it today, but I wouldn't be surprised if when I come back to taste this from bottle, it shows me all that and a lot more.
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.