The 2015 Léoville-Las Cases has an almost clinical, brilliantly defined bouquet of mineral-rich black fruit, cedar and veins of fresh mint. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin, beautifully judged acidity, exquisite balance and tangible energy toward the finish of graphite-infused blackberry and a hint of clove. This is one of the appellation’s most sophisticated offerings in 2015. Chapeau, Jean-Hubert Delon. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.
|Score: 97||Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019|
Bottled in July 2017, the 2015 Leoville-Las Cases is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and 6% Merlot cropped at 39 hectoliters per hectare. It has an arresting bouquet, very intense with blackberry, blueberry and oyster shell aromas, becoming more floral with aeration with hints of crushed violet developing. This is quite a “punchy” bouquet that demands your attention. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannin, a fine line of acidity, very impressive tension and an involving, mineral-driven finish (you can feel the tongue tingling after the wine has departed). It will require at least a decade in bottle, but it will be worth the wait. Anticipated maturity: 2025 - 2050.
|Score: 96||Neal Martin, -, March 2018|
The 2015 Leoville Las-Cases has the highest Cabernet contents in recent years, 85% and 9% of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc respectively, partly because some of the old Merlot vines were blended into the deuxième vin. Picked between 22 September and 9 October, a total of 15 days picking, it will be matured in 85% new oak. The alcohol level is 13.8%, higher than 2010 for example. Jean-Hubert Delon has crafted an extremely pure and tensile bouquet, almost pixelated with blackberry, briary, slate and oyster shell aromas that blossom in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied, svelte and sensual on the entry, the tannins a little edgy with a gentle crescendo: black fruit, tons of minerals, real focus and precision towards the finish. This is a superlative Léoville Las-Cases with the substance to suggest long-term aging will be repaid. Drink: 2028 - 2070.
|Score: 95/97||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016|
Composed of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and 6% Merlot, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Léoville Las Cases has a slightly closed nose, revealing notes of crème de cassis, baked blueberries and black forest cake with touches of licorice, violets and Indian spices plus a waft of dusty soil. The palate is medium to full-bodied, concentrated and built like a brick house, with firm, ripe, velvety tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and spicy. Drink 2025-2050.
|Score: 98+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018|
Blackcurrant, blueberry and currant aromas with hints of black licorice and hot stones. Full-bodied with dense and integrated tannins and a long, long finish. It is all there and all about proportional harmony. Excellent focus and beauty. Drink in 2022.
|Score: 98||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018|
This is an ethereal young wine with blackberry and violet aromas and flavors. Full body, very firm and silky tannins and a superb finish. Lovely length and purity to this. 85% cabernet sauvignon, 6% merlot and 9% cabernet franc.
|Score: 96/97||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016|
The 2015 Léoville Las Cases is simply captivating. Sumptuous, racy and explosive in the glass, the 2015 is endowed with tremendous energy from start to finish. An exotic melange of crème de cassis, graphite, menthol and licorice bursts onto the palate as the 2015 shows off its alluring personality. Spectacularly rich, dense and full-throttle, with huge tannins that are nearly buried underneath the fruit, the 2015 is an unusual Las Cases. It is also breathtakingly beautiful. Readers who can find it should not miss it. 2030 - 2055
|Score: 98||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2018|
A vivid, mesmerizing wine, the 2015 Léoville Las Cases is stunning in its beauty. Unusually rich and sumptuous for Las Cases, the 2015 possesses magnificent intensity and power from start to finish. Blackberry jam, charcoal, smoke, licorice and asphalt are some of the many notes that take shape in the glass, but the 2015 truly stands out for its vertical structure and overall intensity. At the same time, the 2015 is an unusually ripe, exotic Las Cases with much more flesh and voluptuousness in its curves than is the norm. In that sense, the 2015, is not at all typical for Las Cases. And yet it is striking. The 14.5% alcohol is the highest recorded here.
|Score: 95/98||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016|
Tasted blind. Dark crimson. Bonfire char on the top. Then very smooth, sweet and beguiling. Easy to appreciate. No heat. Early developer, though there is no shortage of tannin here!
|Score: 17.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019|
More voluptuous nose than some earlier vintages. Bone-dry finish. Pretty concentrated and with some richness. Solid and mineral but not (quite) as obdurate as it used to be. Fruit and ink combo. Minerals like Pauillac on the end. Grabs the attention. 13.85%
|Score: 17.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016|
In the last 25 years this has been the top-performing non-1st Growth in the Médoc. The vines are situated alongside those of Chateau Latour and the rigorous pursuit of quality is demonstrated by the demotion of much of the production into Clos du Marquis. Nowadays the young vines are not even used for Clos du Marquis with the creation of the "Petit Lion" label. The most Pauillac-like of all the Saint Juliens. The vast majority of the Merlot has gone into Petit Lion in 2015 (which is a 60% Merlot wine) so that Lascases is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Cabernet Franc. The yield was 39 hl/ha and it is being aged in 85% new oak. It is the most Cabernet-based Lascases ever. Deep purple colour. Black coffee, pure cocoa and deep blackcurrant aromas with a hint of all spice. The palate is big and powerful with intense, dense black fruit tempered by palate coating, ripe, rich tannins. This is a blockbuster Las Cases with superb intensity and structure that will warrant time in bottle before opening. The finish is long, spicy, and intense.
|Score: 17.5||Farr Vintners, March 2016|
A legendary wine in the making from the Delon Family is the 2015 Leoville Las Cases and there are very few wines more impressive in the vintage. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Merlot, this full-bodied, tight, super-concentrated, focused 2015 boasts an awesome bouquet of crème de cassis, graphite, charcoal, lead pencil, and minerality. Deep, layered, with perfect ripeness and building tannin, hide bottle for 6-7 years and enjoy this prodigious effort over the following 3-4 decades. 2024 - 2064
|Score: 99||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
Brooding depth the nose is sweet the start of the palate has the richness of ripe fruit. Chocolate and liquorice in the middle add to the richness but there is underlying bilberry freshness layers of flavour lots of complexity. The finish is long bright and elegant.
|Score: 93/95||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016|
Two records set here: the highest ever percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and the highest
alcohol level at 13.8! This is a ripe style, but has the classic Las-Cases backbone, with cassis
and fruitcake notes, fine tannins and excellent oak integration. Drink: 2023-32
|Score: 94||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016|
This is the highest ever alcohol levels at Las Cases (mainly because Cabernet was harvested at 13.5%) and also the
highest combined Cabernet percentage ever of 94%. Pierre Graffeuille, commercial director, explained that less and less
Merlot will be used here in the future because of global warming. I had to take a deep breath several times while tasting
this wine because it not only possesses extraordinary intensity balanced with extraordinary weightlessness but the
sheer style and panache here is shocking. Utterly sublime in every way this is a tour de force for Las Cases. The tannins
are immense but also fit and lithe and there is, once again, the dramatic spiciness from the July heat spike which seems
to joust with the ultra-fine tannins coming from the stunningly ripe skins. The aroma alone is worth the entry fee. This
is a truly great wine.
|Score: 19.5+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016|