2008 Saint-Julien, Bordeaux
The Clos Leovilles Las Cases holds a truly complex terroir. The vines of this 98 hectares vineyard are on average 40 years old. This 2008 Saint-Julien is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot.
This wine reveals a rather impressive body through strength, frankness and persistence. The wine offers a refinement of great style where this particularly harmonious, radiant firmness is appreciable. The 2008 Chateau Leoville Las Cases tannins are outstandingly noble.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
A classic style of Las Cases that is somewhat masculine for the vintage, tannic and backward, and less formidably concentrated than the 2009 or 2010, the 2008 needs 7-8 years of cellaring. Dense purple, the aromatics are closed, but with coaxing and aggressive swirling, notes of crushed rock, black currants and some forest floor notes emerge. Impressively built, medium to full-bodied, layered and stunningly concentrated, this is a sleeper vintage for Leoville Las Cases that should improve considerably, given how closed it was the day I tasted it. It is another 30+ year wine from proprietor Jean-Hubert Delon.