2009 - Ch Léoville Las Cases 2ème Cru St Julien
06A9LEOL _ 2009 - Ch Léoville Las Cases 2ème Cru St Julien - 12x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Léoville Las Cases
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2022 - 2050
Case size
12x75cl
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2009 CH LÉOVILLE LAS CASES 2ÈME CRU ST JULIEN - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Léoville Las Cases
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2022 - 2050
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
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Case price £2,852.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH2

    Goedhuis, February,
    Score: 18

    Very polished aromas wild forest fruits with hints of smokey high class oak sitting underneath. Extremely pure, balancing structure and intensity with a degree of reserved power. It possesses the broad shoulders and density of an exceptional wine and the grip of tannins sitting underneath provide additional dimension. A wine of huge class.

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2010,
    Score: 95-98

    Occasional criticism of Las Cases is that it can be too dense and sometimes lacks a little subtlety. This is most definitely not the case for the 2009, which is a "must buy" for lovers of this estate. A very full and structured palate as one would expect, but it is balanced by lovely sweetness of fruit and full but mature tannins. Everything is in complete harmony and epitomises the best of both Pauillac, which it so closely borders, and St Julien. A great wine.

  • NM2

    Neal Martin, July 2013,
    Score: 97

    The Chateau Leoville Las-Cases 2009 appears to have closed down a little in recent months. Here, it has a very controlled bouquet with delineated blackberry, wild hedgerow and briary and crushed stone. Later, more Pauillac-like scented emerge - mint and graphite. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins. It does not quite have the clarity suggested by the aromatics, although there is certainly very good fruit concentration on the dense, almost surly finish.

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, January 2012,
    Score: 97

    Tasted at the chateau, the Leoville-Lascases 2009 has a complex bouquet with macerated black cherries, black truffle, sorbet-like fresh fruits that render this quite feminine and seductive. Certainly not a standoff-ish Las-Cases. The palate has silky smooth, velvety tannins that lulls you in at the front of the mouth and than fans out beautifully towards the almost exotic finish. Yet there remains great delineation and poise, the finish remaining more than a minute in the mouth. Superb.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, May 2010,
    Score: 96-98

    A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, with 6.4% vin de presse, delivering 13.4% alcohol and a pH of 3.65. The nose has brilliant delineation: this is the first thing that hits you, as if you can peer into the clos of the vineyard itself. Very expressive, almost feminine and wily, crystalline (this is something that I did not expect.) The palate is medium-bodied, saturated and supple on the entry, seamless tannins, a sense of controlled opulence here, very pure, rounded towards the finish, again, gliding across the mouth and caressing, rather than gripping it. The finish is very pure, almost Napa in style, but retaining sufficient structure and prudency of alcohol to allow that Saint Julien terroir to shine through. This is an irresistible Las-Cases, perhaps a modern day ’85?

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, February 2012,
    Score: 98+

    The 2009 Leoville Las Cases may be the most open-knit and forward Las Cases I have tasted to date. 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. The super-concentrated 2009 needs another 5-7 years before additional nuances emerge. This is a brilliant, full-throttle St.-Julien.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2010,
    Score: 96-100

    The 2009 is one of the greatest Leoville Las Cases I have ever tasted, which is saying something given the many compelling wines that have been made at this estate. A final blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc has resulted in a wine that appears to be a hypothetical blend of the 1982, 1986, and 1996. The high alcohol is barely noticeable in this 2009, which boasts an inky/purple color, monumental concentration, and great clarity and purity of creme de cassis, black cherry, spice box, graphite, and wet rock characteristics. Extremely full-bodied with a boatload of sweet tannin nearly concealed by the wine's power, glycerin and awesome fruit concentration, this intense effort never tastes heavy or tiring. This remarkable St.-Julien should be accessible in 3-4 years, and will evolve for 40-50. Drink: 2013 - 2063

  • JS

    James Suckling

    Black color. What a nose. Black licorice, raspberry, currant and dried flowers galore. Full-bodied and superpowerful, with masses of fruit and toasted oak, but a blockbuster finish of fruit, tannins and everything else. I have never tasted such a flashy sample. I am blown away by this. A more fruit-forward style for Las Cases.

  • DC2

    Decanter, February 2009,
    Score: 97

    Being Léoville-Las Cases, it is, as you would expect, still pretty determined to play its cards close to its chest. And yet the exuberance and generosity of 2009 is beginning to peep though. For those of us who lack patience, these kind of years are just brilliant for checking out what Las Cases is all about: brooding tannins are just starting to stir, controlling a tight-knit cassis, cigar box, pencil lead and liquorice body. You feel the skill in the unpeeling of the tannins, opening to reveal the perky fresh core, and you can see just why this is such a great estate. Drink 2022-2040

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2010,
    Score: 19

    Deep purple red, naturally concentrated bouquet over really smooth, sophisticated fruit with a taffeta lift, great purity and depth of vineyard fruit, superb elegance and length. Drink 2018-40.

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2010,
    Score: 97-100

    Black color. What a nose. Black licorice, raspberry, currant and dried flowers galore. Full-bodied and superpowerful, with masses of fruit and toasted oak, but a blockbuster finish of fruit, tannins and everything else. I have never tasted such a flashy sample. I am blown away by this. A more fruit-forward style for Las Cases.

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Producer

Château Léoville Las Cases

If ever another wine gets promoted to first growth category, Léoville Les Cases will undoubtedly bethe one. Owned by the Delon family, this château is comprised of 97 hectares of vineyards. However,unlike most of its Médoc neighbours, it only uses the vineyards classified in the original 1855 classification, an area called "Le Grand Enclos", to make its grand vin.

Region

St Julien

St Julien is like the middle child of the Médoc - not as assertive as Pauillac or as coquettish as Margaux. It lies firmly between the two more outspoken communes and as a result produces a blend of them both. St Julien's wines have often been sought out by aficionados for their balance and consistency, particularly in the UK. Yet due to its middle child nature, it can occasionally be overlooked globally and as a result underrated by those markets outside the UK. Despite the fact that it has no first growths, it has several second growths including Léoville Las Cases, Léoville Barton, Léoville Poyferré and Ducru Beaucaillou as well as the celebrated châteaux such as Talbot and Beychevelle.