The summit of perfect harmony of a Saint-Julien
Few wines can reproduce the feat of reaching such peaks of excellence with consistency and renewed elegance vintage after vintage. Often referred to as the top Second Grands Crus Classés, Château Léoville Las Cases is one of those wines.
From a challenging vintage, the prestigious and symbolic Saint-Julien estate has triumphed with its wine hailed as of the greatest Bordeaux from the 2017 vintage.
As the estate’s first wine, the Château Léoville Las Cases 2017 is the reward for all the effort and care the technical team put in from the vineyard to the cellar. The blend expresses the exceptional terroir. It illustrates the magnificent power and structure of Cabernet Sauvignon (79%), the suppleness of Merlot (10%), and the elegance and finesse of Cabernet Franc (11%).
The dazzling Château Léoville Las Cases 2017 reveals intensely pure cassis and blackberry aromas. Its personality comes through further with aeration to give graphite notes. The attack on the palate is an alliance of power and elegance that delivers silky, ripe tannins. The concentrated flavours stretch to the end to give a complex, refined finish. This is a Saint-Julien that surpasses all expectations of this vintage.
Parker : 98+ / 100
J. Robinson : 18 / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
This comes from 50- to 90-year-old vines and is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot with 13.28% alcohol, 3.72 pH and an IPT of 71. The 2017 Léoville Las Cases is deep garnet-purple in color, and wow, the nose bursts with beautiful blackcurrant cordial, blackberry pie and blueberry preserve notes followed by hints of lilacs, dark chocolate, cedar chest, sassafras and licorice with emerging wafts of oolong tea, lavender and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is an exercise in elegance and soft-spoken nuances within a mouth-coating palate of almost electric black and blue fruits, framed by very firm, exquisitely ripe, fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing epically long and wonderfully perfumed. Damn, that's good.