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Château Léoville las Cases Red Bordeaux Blend St. Julien 2010
"#21 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Cellar Selections 2013: A hugely powerful wine, full of dark, brooding tannins. It’s a wine for seriously long-term aging, a sculptural vision of classic Bordeaux structure with with classy, ripe blackberry fruits. It has fresh acidity and an immense full-bodied character, cut through with mineral acidity. A great wine, with great potential...100" WE 05/13 "Stunning and pure from the get-go, with intense cassis and blackberry fruit. Ultimately takes a slightly austere approach, with a wrought-iron structure driving along while pastis, black tea, licorice snap and asphalt notes course underneath. Long and loaded with grip, this remains remarkably fine-grained. A very chiseled Cabernet that is wonderfully precise and incredibly long...99" WS 03/13 "The aromas to this wine have a beautiful purity of raspberries, blueberries, currants, and flowers that follow to a a full body, with super integrated tannins that are like the finest silk in texture. It shows elegant and pretty fruit character and a reserve and finesse of such great years as 1989 and 1995. The bright strong acidity gives a crunchy and creamy texture. This has a tiny bit more Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend than 2009...99" JamesSuckling.com 02/13 "Tasted at the chateau. The aromatics on the Leoville Las-Cases 2010 stop you in your tracks: blackberry married with dark plum, Mirabelle, crushed stone and a scent of Christmas cake in the background. It is incredibly well defined and develops subtle floral notes with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied – an immediately elegant, classic Las Cases. It is certainly not the powerhouse that is the 2009, but focused, linear...perhaps athletic and honed. It has outstanding minerality and finesse on the finish to die for. This is an exceptional wine from Jean-Hubert Delon...98" Neal Martin The Wine Journal 2/13
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External Reviews for Château Léoville las Cases Red Bordeaux Blend St. Julien
82% cabernet sauvignon 10% merlot 8% cabernet franc. Yields were only 36.7 hl/ha. 13.7% alcohol. Aged in 75% new oak barrels. Dark cherry blueberry and cassis reveal themselves on a sweet candied nose and notes of toasty brioche offer lift and complexity. With massive tannins on the palate the fruit seems somewhat muted at the moment. Time should help bring this into balance. There is good length but without a more elegant expression of fruit this will turn out to be a drop-off from their blockbuster 2009. Alex Shaw.
This has almost searing acidity running through it, but it's ripe and mouthwatering, harnessing a massive core of black currant and red licorice notes. Supertight but very fine-grained, this gets tighter, but also longer, as it moves along. This coul... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Leoville-Las Cases 1500ml
The 2010 is a quintessentially elegant, classic wine of Bordeaux — firm, rigid, perhaps slightly lighter than most of the other St.-Juliens, but stylish, potentially complex, and reminiscent of the style of the 1986, but more concentrated and powerful. It is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc with a normal pH of 3.56. It was raised in 75% new oak and the alcohol came to 13.7%. This wine displays loads of black currants, cedar wood and vanillin, but needs a good 7–8 years of cellaring, if not much longer. It should last for 30+ years.
Bright ruby-red. Vibrant nose combines black and blue fruits, lead pencil and crushed-stone minerality, with a note of kirsch emerging with air. Utterly silky in texture yet extremely backward, with a medicinal quality keeping the penetrating dark berry flavors under wraps today. But with a powerful impression of tangy energy, a superb spine of saline minerality, and an extremely long, lively, firmly tannic finish, this classic Las Cases should be a knockout with 12 or 15 years in the bottle.
A hugely dense wine, with a great smoky character, power as well as the greatest finesse. It has rich berry fruits, weaving through the dusty tannic structure, very powerful, concentrated. The end is more severe, along with the years hallmark juicin... Wine Enthusiast. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Leoville-Las Cases 1500ml
A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc represents 36.7% of the harvest. The wine reached 13.7% alcohol which is l0wer than the 13.8% level recorded in 2009. Opaque purple in color this big concentrated thick wine is stuffed with ripe cassis and fresh blackberries. Powerful tannic ripe fresh and dense this masculine wine requires serious cellar time to become civilized. Jeff Leve.
Bright ruby-red. Vibrant nose combines black and blue fruits lead pencil and crushed-stone minerality with a note of kirsch emerging with air. Utterly silky in texture yet extremely backward with a medicinal quality keeping the penetrating dark berry flavors under wraps today. But with a powerful impression of tangy energy a superb spine of saline minerality and an extremely long lively firmly tannic finish this classic Las Cases should be a knockout with 12 or 15 years in the bottle.
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