An exceptionally powerful and racy Saint-Julien
Product of a great vintage for Bordeaux, the Le Grand Vin de Léoville du Marquis de Las Cases has earned unanimous acclaim among critics and the international press. Unmistakably recognized as one of the greatest wines ever produced by Chateau Leoville Las Cases, the Le Grand Vin de Léoville du Marquis de Las Cases 2018 is at the top of the Bordeaux list for the 2018 vintage.
After a wet start to the year, 2018 was marked by a beautifully dry and hot summer. Harvested over three weeks between September 18 and October 18, the grapes were able to reach a perfect level of ripeness.
Made with a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), complemented by Merlot (11%) and Cabernet Franc (9%), the Le Grand Vin de Léoville du Marquis de Las Cases 2018 presents the profile of an exceptional vintage of Saint-Julien. Intense and fragrant, the aromatic bouquet offers great complexity. Reserved at first, the nose eventually reveals generous notes of black fruit, including blueberry and black cherry. Spicy notes and chocolate appear, further evolving fresh mint notes. From the onset, the wine evolves with great elegance. The palate unfolds slowly, revealing a splendid texture with powerful and perfectly integrated tannins. The acidity of the vintage ensures a perfect balance and aromatic persistence. Complex, opulent, fresh and fine, the Le Grand Vin de Léoville du Marquis de Las Cases has unparalleled class and a huge potential for age.
Parker : 98-100 / 100
Wine Spectator : 97-100 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
"We produced great Cabernet Franc this year," Directeur Général Pierre Graffeuille told me during my visit to Léoville Las Cases. Even though only 3% of the press wine was added back, he was also absolutely glowing about the quality of this too. And he should be--the finished blend for the 2018 Léoville Las Cases is yet another triumph for this great estate. Composed of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc and 9% Merlot, harvested September 15 to October 4 with yields of 35.5 hectoliters per hectare, it has 14.49% alcohol and will be aged in barriques, 90% new. Very deep purple-black in color, it is a little closed to begin, slowly emerging from the glass to reveal subtle woodsmoke, violets, tilled soil and underbrush scents over a core of warm cassis, wild blueberries and redcurrant jelly plus hints of rare beef and iron ore. Full-bodied, rich, super concentrated and bursting with latent energy, this is an atomic bomb waiting to go off in your mouth. It has a rock-solid foundation of firm, very ripe, very finely grained tannins and bold freshness supporting the muscular fruit through the epically long, amazingly nuanced finish. Simply breathtaking.
- Grape varieties
- Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot
- Dessert wine
- J. Robinson
- J. Suckling
- Vinous - A. Galloni
- Wine Spectator
- Wine certification
- Chateau Leoville Las Cases
- Contains sulfites