Peter Maude Fine Wines
2019, Château Leoville Lascases, SAINT-JULIEN 2nd Growth, Grand Cru Classé
Bordeaux Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc.
I love it when a wine steals up on you, and you very definitely get that here, taking its time on the first attack then rapidly expanding outwards and upwards. Undoubtedly it will knit down as Las Cases can't help itself but do, but there is a creamy almost caramel side hiding among the tannins here. Beautiful power and layers of charcoal, slate, crushed stones, cassis, bilberry and tobacco - all displayed with elegance and tension. A long harvest of over three weeks from September 18 to October 8, 6.5% press wine used, a little more than in 2018 (where just over 2% was used). 3.67pH, 90% new oak. 98/100 Jane Anson, Decanter.
Drinking Window: 2029 - 2045.