A red wine from Saint-Julien with an impressive tannic structure
A Second Classified Growth of 1855 produced in the appellation of Saint-Julien, the Château Léoville Las Cases benefits from a vineyard with a total area of 98 hectares. Around 40 years old on average, the vines are planted on a terroir composed mainly of Quaternary gravel soils on gravel-sandy and clayey-gravelly subsoils. The 2016 vintage blends 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc.
This vintage was produced under amazing climatic conditions. First, heavy rains from January to March replenished the water reserves of the soil. Then, the mild weather of March brought an early budburst. The month of April caused delays in vine development due to the cold and rain. The weather varied greatly from mid-June on, with the arrival of warm and extremely dry weather. The first fortnight of August saw a rapid and even veraison. The growth of the gapes, initially slowed by the lack of water, began again after the showers of mid-September. The beautiful ripeness of the fruit and the excellent climatic conditions allowed the harvest to proceed in a calm manner between September 30th and October 19th.
At tasting, the Château Léoville Las Cases 2016 is magnificently well-rounded. The Cabernet Sauvignon imparts power and elegance, the Cabernet Franc is refined and complex, and the Merlot is opulent and juicy. The wine presents active and smooth tannins, which balance harmoniously with a splendid length on the palate.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Leoville-Las Cases comprises 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc picked between 30 September and 19 October, during which the harvesters were out in the vines for 16 days. It is matured in 90% new oak and delivers 13.60% alcohol and an IPT of 82. It is initially tightly coiled on the nose and needed coaxing from the glass. There are scents of small black cherries, boysenberry, crushed violets and a slight flintiness that emerges with time. The definition is very impressiveùyou can almost pick the aromas out one by one. The palate is awe-inspiring. The tannins are so filigree, in fact not dissimilar to their neighbor across the border at Château Latour. That seam of graphite lends this Léoville Las-Cases a Pauillac-like personality, but ignoring stylistic similarities, it is the intensity, depth and arching structure that astounds, with detail on the finish that rivets your feet to the spot. Then the finish is ultra-precise, one of the most mineral-driven that I have encountered in almost 20 years visiting the estate, plus it is endowed with one the longest aftertastes you will find in 2016. Yeah, it's good.