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Le Petit Lion 2016

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90-92 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "The 2016 Le Petit Lion is plush, open and seductive. It offers striking freshness, with plenty of distinctly red ? flavors and silky tannins to match its creamy, nuanced personality. The 2016 is not a big wine, but it is charming and, above all else, absolutely delicious, especially if enjoyed within the first 10-15 years of its life." 04/17 Neal Martin, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “From the young Cabernet Sauvignon and some pockets of Merlot vines, the Deuxième Vin of Léoville Las-Cases, the 2016 Le Petit Lion, is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc matured in 30% new oak. It has a ripe, well defined bouquet, a distant tang of Japanese nori and even a cheeky touch of licorice. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin. It might just miss a little weight compared to its peers, but it is a nimble Le Petit Lion, light on toes thanks to the very fine tannin, linear and precise on the finish." 4/17 #230 91 Points, Jane Anson, Decanter: "This is more of a Léoville Las Cases expression, while Clos de Marquis is more of a St-Julien expression. The blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, and 8% Cabernet Franc, aged in 30% new oak. Even here the Merlot is 50-60 years old, together with young vines up to 20 years old, with a yield of 40hl/ha and representing 35% of the production. This has a stunning cassis mid-palate with a menthol freshness on the finish. It really does deliver a lot of the poise and power of the grand vin, but should be able to begin drinking in five to eight years." 4/17 91-93 Points, Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. Rich and packed with ripe tannins, this is definitely structured. At the same time, the fruit is so enticing. The combination makes for a wine that will be fruity, delicious and very drinkable."

Region: France » Bordeaux » Saint-Julien

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Color: Red
Variety: Bordeaux Blend
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90-92 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "The 2016 Le Petit Lion is plush, open and seductive. It offers striking freshness, with plenty of distinctly red ? flavors and silky tannins to match its creamy, nuanced personality. The 2016 is not a big wine, but it is charming and, above all else, absolutely delicious, especially if enjoyed within the first 10-15 years of its life." 04/17 Neal Martin, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “From the young Cabernet Sauvignon and some pockets of Merlot vines, the Deuxième Vin of Léoville Las-Cases, the 2016 Le Petit Lion, is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc matured in 30% new oak. It has a ripe, well defined bouquet, a distant tang of Japanese nori and even a cheeky touch of licorice. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin. It might just miss a little weight compared to its peers, but it is a nimble Le Petit Lion, light on toes thanks to the very fine tannin, linear and precise on the finish." 4/17 #230 91 Points, Jane Anson, Decanter: "This is more of a Léoville Las Cases expression, while Clos de Marquis is more of a St-Julien expression. The blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, and 8% Cabernet Franc, aged in 30% new oak. Even here the Merlot is 50-60 years old, together with young vines up to 20 years old, with a yield of 40hl/ha and representing 35% of the production. This has a stunning cassis mid-palate with a menthol freshness on the finish. It really does deliver a lot of the poise and power of the grand vin, but should be able to begin drinking in five to eight years." 4/17 91-93 Points, Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast: "Barrel Sample. Rich and packed with ripe tannins, this is definitely structured. At the same time, the fruit is so enticing. The combination makes for a wine that will be fruity, delicious and very drinkable."

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