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Leoville Las Cases 2017

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Julien
ColourRed
TypeStill
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon

One of the leading "Super-Second" growths of the Médoc. The vines are situated alongside those of Chateau Latour, just over the St Julien border. The young Cabernet vines and older Merlot vines are used for the "Petit Lion" label. The most Pauillac-like of all the Saint Juliens with a strong Cabernet Sauvignon character. Much of the Merlot now goes into Le Petit Lion. The vines further inland from the "enclos" are used to make Clos du Marquis.

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2017Leoville Las CasesBT061,350.001297+ AG615097.1097.10Leoville Las Cases0.75
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Tasting Notes

The 2017 Léoville Las Cases captures all the best the vintage has to offer. Rich, unctuous and stunning in its beauty, the 2017 possesses tremendous richness and textural intensity that carry through to the very long finish, all with the regal, statuesque feel that is the quintessential signature of Las Cases. Just as it was from barrel, Las Cases is wonderfully polished. Tasted two times. What a wine! 2027 - 2047

97+
Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, March 2020

The 2017 Léoville Las-Cases, which was bottled in July 2019, has a fragrant bouquet with rose petal and briary aromas married with cranberry, pomegranate and raspberry. A touch of tobacco emerges with time. It is certainly a more understated bouquet for this property. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and a fine bead of acidity. This feels very pure and harmonious, quite complex, more so than in barrel, with darker, more savory and ferrous fruit towards the finish. This is an excellent Léoville Las-Cases with plenty of character. Drink 2023-2050.

94
Neal Martin, vinous.com (March 2020), February 2020

The 2017 Léoville Las-Cases was picked between 15 September and 4 October, cropped at 37hl/ha and as usual, comes from the oldest vines that average around 50-years old. This year there is 13.28° alcohol. It is matured in 90% new oak and contains 7.5% vin de presse. It has a very clean and precise bouquet with blackberry, just a touch of blueberry, violet and a hint of bay leaf. This gains intensity with aeration but it is not as detailed as last year’s 2016. The palate is medium-bodied with more supple tannins than usual (that word is apt – there is nothing “soft” about this Saint-Julien). It has great depth with layers of black fruit laced with graphite and a pinch of white pepper, whilst it delivers fine salinity on the sappy finish. Excellent. 2022 - 2050

93/95
Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018

This comes from 50- to 90-year-old vines and is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot with 13.28% alcohol, 3.72 pH and an IPT of 71. The 2017 Léoville Las Cases is deep garnet-purple in color, and wow, the nose bursts with beautiful blackcurrant cordial, blackberry pie and blueberry preserve notes followed by hints of lilacs, dark chocolate, cedar chest, sassafras and licorice with emerging wafts of oolong tea, lavender and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is an exercise in elegance and soft-spoken nuances within a mouth-coating palate of almost electric black and blue fruits, framed by very firm, exquisitely ripe, fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing epically long and wonderfully perfumed. Damn, that’s good. Drink: 2023-2070

98+
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2020), March 2020

The 2017 Léoville Las Cases, a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon with 11% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot from 50- to 90-year-old vines, is deep garnet-purple in color and simply sings of crushed blackcurrants, wild blueberries and plum preserves with notions of wood smoke, cigar boxes, crushed rocks and beef drippings. Medium-bodied with wonderful intensity and vivacity, it gives a firm, fine-grained frame and a densely packed mid-palate, finishing long and earthy. This should age incredibly!

96/98
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018


The purity here is really something. Blackberries and blackcurrants with sandalwood, mint and other classic herbs. Full-bodied and dense with ultra-fine tannins. Silky in all ways. Goes on for a long, long time. A blend of 79% cabernet sauvignon, 11% cabernet franc and 10% merlot. Joyous and serious wine for the vintage. And comparable to 2014 and 2015. Try after 2023.

98
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2020

This is very muscular with formed and bright tannins that give the wine super drive and length. The tannins build on the finish with a lovely integration of black fruits. Serious for the vintage.

96/97
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018

The 2017 Léoville Las Cases is remarkably elegant and polished for this typically brutish Saint-Julien. Persistence more than power is the key element that distinguishes the 2017 from most other vintages and most other Saint-Juliens as well. The classic Las Cases flavor profile is very much in evidence, but in a wine that is silky, nuanced and exceptionally polished. In 2017, Las Cases is truly magical, and one of the most complete wines of the Left Bank. In a word: sublime. Don't miss it. Tasted two times.

94/97
Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (236), May 2018

Very dark with black core. This invites you in but doesn't say much in terms of aroma. It is dark, intense and sober at heart but with flashes of colour to suggest a future revelation. Super-fine texture, so much finer than I remember earlier vintages, especially at this young age. Seems almost delicate already but has amazing and effortless concentration. Already elegant. And unexpectedly juicy on the finish. Very very long. Fruit purity persists to the end. 13.28%
Drink 2027-2045

18
Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2018

Harvested from 15th September to 4th October, this is 13.3% alcohol made from 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot. Maturing in 90% new oak. A deep colour with an extremely expressive nose of exotic spices, espresso, graphite and dried flowers. The palate is dense and richly extractid, with tight, concentrated fruit compacted by chewy tannins. Despite this, there is a sweet core of black fruits, black tea, and dark chocolate. With the level of structure much of the ripeness is subsumed beneath the tannins for now, but the lingering finish suggests this will reward patience and flourish in its second decade after bottling.

16.5
Farr Vintners, April 2018

Violets and lavender the nose has a fragrant charm the start of the palate has bilberry freshness. Depth in the middle ripe black cherry backed by dark chocolate the tannins fine the back palate fleshy and supple. The finish is lighter stylish and long. 2027-45

93/96
Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2018

One of the very few wines in this vintage that truly stains the glass with its wonderfully vibrant anthocyanins. This is an exceptional wine - Léoville just knows how to knock it out of the park again and again. An early vintage meant everything was blended and in barrels before Christmas, with 7.5% press wine, so this has had some time to settle down already. There's huge persistency through the palate, very similar to last year. It has presence and a grip that doesn't want to let go, and you don't want it to either. It continues to reveal itself over the course of the glass, showing slate, cassis, blackberry and charcoal. It's not as powerfully knitted as the 2016, but watch out for those tannins. I expect this will be a wine that, like the 1996 and 2016, will close down and evolve extremely slowly. Stunning aromatics. 90% new oak. 3.72pH.
Drinking Window 2027 - 2042

97
Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018

A song to Cabernet Sauvignon and this time, Cabernet Franc is the main backing singer. The density of fruit is superb and yet there is a depth and a power here, without necessarily being heavy, which is superb. The oak is lovely, adding a layer of complexity which doesn’t interfere with the fruit. Long and supple and not seemingly a wine which requires decades to get going, this is a stunning and fruit-driven Las Cases.

18.5+
Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018
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