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Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2eme Cru Classe, Saint-Julien 2023

The Château’s 2023 vintage is a worthy successor to their 2022 vintage and praised by the critics – it comes with a 40% price reduction (we were expecting around 20%). This makes it the lowest... release price since 2017 including the 2019 ‘Covid’ vintage. At this price and quality, it is a very attractive investment grade wine from which we can all expect a material increase in its value over the next few years. Thank you Leoville Las-Cases. The Château is one of the oldest and most prestigious estates in Saint-Julien whose vineyards are next to Château Latour. The Chateau have always kept immaculate records and the winemaking team have said that it bears resemblance to the great 1771 vintage! “Structured and powerful, this is not as forbidding as En Primeur in many vintages of Las Cases, showing both flesh and florality, but the tannic walls of this great estate remain fully in place, coupled with layers of cassis and bilberry fruits, subtle hints of bitter aniseed, fennel, cola, espresso, squid ink, textured slate tannins. Expect inky depths and unashamed austerity, a wine that will take its time to open, making no excuses for demanding patience. So so good, with a balance and classicism that delivers on the best of the vintage. 80% new oak, 6.6% press wine, 3.79h, harvest September 9 to October 2, 43hl/h yield. First year in the new cellars, with 43.5ha going into the main wine from the historic walled vineyard site.” 98 points, Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux “Exceptional quality of cabernet comes through here, with a lot of graphite, lead pencil, crushed stone, walnut and currant fruit. It grows and expands on the palate, remaining in focus at the same time. Refined and seamless with beautiful tannins that show power and intensity. It rolls across the palate with verve. 86% cabernet sauvignon, 10% cabernet franc and 4% merlot.” 97-98 Points, James Suckling "This is not only a stunning Las Cases, but it is also likely to be remembered as a genuine classic." 19+ points, Matthew Jukes “This is surprisingly approachable given how brooding and intense Las Cases can be en primeur, but that is not to say it lacks any intensity or DNA of this estate. Gravel, graphite, and wet rocks, with inky intensity here. The mid-palate is full of cassis and black plum which builds with a massive mineral crescendo. Unrelenting focus, this is pinsharp with accents of grilled herbs and iodine. So much intensity packed in the palate but without excess. A very dramatic yet poised Las Cases.” 96-98 points, Robert Mathias MW “The 2023 Léoville Las-Cases was picked from September 9 to October 2 at 43hL/ha and matured in 80% new oak barrels. This has a very precise bouquet, and, like the Clos du Marquis, it is imbued with an attractive estuarine element—aromatics that transport the imbiber to the banks of the Gironde. The oak is neatly integrated; 80% is much more optimal than 100% would have been. The palate is lightly spiced on the entry, moderately deep and quite lively on the mid-palate. This is a more linear Las-Cases than recent vintages, conveying a sense of "seriousness" toward the almost saturnine finish. Impressive in terms of persistence, this is a worthy follow-up to the magnificent 2022, but it will demand patience.” 95-97 points, Neal Martin, Vinous “A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and only 4% Merlot, the 2023 Léoville Las Cases is one of the more serious, structured wines of the vintage, reminiscent of a modern-day version of the estate's excellent 2001. Unwinding in the glass with aromas of cherries, cassis and plums mingled with hints of licorice, mint and creamy new oak, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a taut core of fruit, lively acids and plenty of fine, youthfully firm tannins. It will require and reward patience.” 94-96 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
Pack Size: 6x75cl£822 (In Bond)
Duty StatusPrice(In Bond)Availability
In Bond£822En Primeur
En Primeur wines are not yet available for delivery, storage or collection. They can still be purchased, but separately from Drinking or Fine Wines, and no UK Duty, VAT or shipping costs will be charged at checkout. Once the wines have arrived at our warehouse, a member of the team will be in touch to organise the delivery, storage or collection as per your preferences, and arrange any additional invoicing required.

Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2eme Cru Classe, Saint-Julien 2023

The Château’s 2023 vintage is a worthy successor to their 2022 vintage and praised by the critics – it comes with a 40% price reduction (we were expecting around 20%). This makes it the lowest... release price since 2017 including the 2019 ‘Covid’ vintage. At this price and quality, it is a very attractive investment grade wine from which we can all expect a material increase in its value over the next few years. Thank you Leoville Las-Cases. The Château is one of the oldest and most prestigious estates in Saint-Julien whose vineyards are next to Château Latour. The Chateau have always kept immaculate records and the winemaking team have said that it bears resemblance to the great 1771 vintage! “Structured and powerful, this is not as forbidding as En Primeur in many vintages of Las Cases, showing both flesh and florality, but the tannic walls of this great estate remain fully in place, coupled with layers of cassis and bilberry fruits, subtle hints of bitter aniseed, fennel, cola, espresso, squid ink, textured slate tannins. Expect inky depths and unashamed austerity, a wine that will take its time to open, making no excuses for demanding patience. So so good, with a balance and classicism that delivers on the best of the vintage. 80% new oak, 6.6% press wine, 3.79h, harvest September 9 to October 2, 43hl/h yield. First year in the new cellars, with 43.5ha going into the main wine from the historic walled vineyard site.” 98 points, Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux “Exceptional quality of cabernet comes through here, with a lot of graphite, lead pencil, crushed stone, walnut and currant fruit. It grows and expands on the palate, remaining in focus at the same time. Refined and seamless with beautiful tannins that show power and intensity. It rolls across the palate with verve. 86% cabernet sauvignon, 10% cabernet franc and 4% merlot.” 97-98 Points, James Suckling "This is not only a stunning Las Cases, but it is also likely to be remembered as a genuine classic." 19+ points, Matthew Jukes “This is surprisingly approachable given how brooding and intense Las Cases can be en primeur, but that is not to say it lacks any intensity or DNA of this estate. Gravel, graphite, and wet rocks, with inky intensity here. The mid-palate is full of cassis and black plum which builds with a massive mineral crescendo. Unrelenting focus, this is pinsharp with accents of grilled herbs and iodine. So much intensity packed in the palate but without excess. A very dramatic yet poised Las Cases.” 96-98 points, Robert Mathias MW “The 2023 Léoville Las-Cases was picked from September 9 to October 2 at 43hL/ha and matured in 80% new oak barrels. This has a very precise bouquet, and, like the Clos du Marquis, it is imbued with an attractive estuarine element—aromatics that transport the imbiber to the banks of the Gironde. The oak is neatly integrated; 80% is much more optimal than 100% would have been. The palate is lightly spiced on the entry, moderately deep and quite lively on the mid-palate. This is a more linear Las-Cases than recent vintages, conveying a sense of "seriousness" toward the almost saturnine finish. Impressive in terms of persistence, this is a worthy follow-up to the magnificent 2022, but it will demand patience.” 95-97 points, Neal Martin, Vinous “A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and only 4% Merlot, the 2023 Léoville Las Cases is one of the more serious, structured wines of the vintage, reminiscent of a modern-day version of the estate's excellent 2001. Unwinding in the glass with aromas of cherries, cassis and plums mingled with hints of licorice, mint and creamy new oak, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a taut core of fruit, lively acids and plenty of fine, youthfully firm tannins. It will require and reward patience.” 94-96 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
Pack Size: 12x75cl£1,644 (In Bond)
Duty StatusPrice(In Bond)Availability
In Bond£1,644En Primeur
En Primeur wines are not yet available for delivery, storage or collection. They can still be purchased, but separately from Drinking or Fine Wines, and no UK Duty, VAT or shipping costs will be charged at checkout. Once the wines have arrived at our warehouse, a member of the team will be in touch to organise the delivery, storage or collection as per your preferences, and arrange any additional invoicing required.