A distinguished red wine from Saint-Julien
The Grand Vin of Leoville du Marquis de Las Cases is a 2nd Classified Growth wine of the Saint-Julien appellation. Its vineyard extends over sixty hectares. The blend is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc.
On the nose, the Grand Vin of Leoville du Marquis de Las Cases 2009 appears to be concentrated and sweet. On the nose this wine gives off fragrances of black fruit jam, black cherry and kirsch fruit. One can also sense fantastic minerality in this wine. The tannins are present but very nice. The wine is precise, ample and of great purity. It has excellent potential for guard (40 to 50 years).
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2009 Leoville Las Cases may be the most open-knit and forward Las Cases I have tasted to date. Analytically, it is high in tannin and the alcohol is 13.8%, nearly a record at this estate. This blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc was showing brilliantly at the 2009 tasting I did in Hong Kong and at a later tasting. It boasts an inky/purple color, monumental concentration and lots of sweet, jammy black currant, black cherry and kirsch fruit intermixed with crushed rock and mineral notes. As always, proprietor Jean-Hubert Delon has built a massive wine with exceptional precision, unbelievable purity and aging potential of 40-50 years. I was surprised by the lusciousness of this cuvee on several occasions, and how much more forward it is given the fact that Las Cases can often be forebodingly backward and in need of 10-15 years of cellaring (at age 30, the 1982 is still a baby in terms of development!). The super-concentrated 2009 needs another 5-7 years before additional nuances emerge. This is a brilliant, full-throttle St.-Julien.