Chateau Léoville Las Cases is located in the Saint-Julien appellation and is ranked as a Second Growth from the 1855 classification of Bordeaux. The estate has a terroir of great complexity .The soil consists of mainly Quaternary gravel over gravelly sand and clay sub-soils. The proximity to the Gironde river is also responsible for the microclimate that assists in ripening the grapes while protecting them from frost. Regarding the grape varietals, the plantings are divided as 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.
The 2014 vintage
This past year experienced relatively early budburst on the vines. However, the cool weather of May brought the growth cycle back to its average schedule. The majority of the summer was marked by a series of storms and cooler weather, but thankfully, excellent weather settled upon the region from the end of August onwards. September brought some of the hottest and sunniest weather of the past decade, which created positive water-stress in vines, producing smooth tannins in the skins and pips of the grapes. Due to careful work in the vineyard, the grapes remained perfectly healthy, allowing for harvest to commence when each varietal had reached its optimum ripeness.
Discover the 2014 wines of Chateau Leoville Las Cases En Primeur
The blend of the estate’s grand vin for 2014 is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc.
‘The aromas to this wine are enchanting with blackberries, dried flowers, blueberries, citrus ans stones. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and bright acidity. Citrus skin undertones. Very, very long. Structured. This is 13.8 alcohol meaning the cabernet was incredibly ripe for the vintage. Yet it remains agile, structured and bright.’ – James Suckling, 96-97
Clos du Marquis is the chateau’s renowned second label. The blend for 2014 is 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc.
‘The purity of fruit to this Young wine is impressive with currants raspberries and black cherries. Full body, firm and chewy tannins and a long, long finish. Very serious. Structured. Fine.’ – James Suckling, 92-93