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The World of Fine Wine


View From the Cellar


  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2011, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17.5-18. points

    (Chateau Léoville-Las-Cases (St Julien)) The harvest ran from September 28th to October 13th, with an overall yield of 36.7 hl/ha. The blend is Cabernet Sauvignon 82%, Merlot 10% and Cabernet Franc 8%, the alcohol 13.7%, pH 3.56 and IPT 74. It will see 75% new oak during the élevage. Rather subtle fruit expression here but it can be found. It has a dusty-damson character, dark and concentrated but not as expressive as some other grands vins. It has a lovely texture on the palate though, broad and with good flesh, but with well defined edges and showing a very nice character for that. Exotic dark fruits like that found on the nose, and a pretty good vigour coming from those tannins which are ripe, deep and velvety, as well as the acidity. A beautiful composition, and in the finish a real flourish of all components, the fruit, tannin and acidity just bursting into life here. Beautiful dense tannins at this wine's core, but it remains balanced and composed. Right now it is remarkably tightly withdrawn, but there is a deliciously long life ahead for this wine.

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