Peter Maude Fine Wines
2021, Le Petit Lion du Marquis de Las Cases, SAINT-JULIEN
$101.20 inc. GST
Bordeaux Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Plush and vibrant, the fruit here is lively and zippy, it has real energy on the palate while having a bitterness and a salinity to the tannins that are grippy and mouthfilling. The whole palate is full of minty freshness giving this life and an aerial feel while the darker more savoury elements settle on the tongue and long finish. It's a little tight right now but shows refined and elegant winemaking. I like it's roguish charm with power and intention. 91 Georgina Hindle, Decanter Magazine.
The 2021 Le Petit Lion is a wine of real breath and textural intensity. Black cherry, plum, leather, spice, menthol, liqourice and graphite all build in the glass. The Petit Lion has the potential to be one of the Sleepers of the vintage. It has all the class and breadth of its bigger sibling, but in miniature. I loved it. 92-94 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.
The 2021 Le Petit Lion represents one-third of the production from the Clos de Léoville. It is raised 40% new oak. It has a bright bouquet, a mixture of blackberry and blueberry fruit, fine delineation, quite floral and Margaux-like in style. The palate is medium-bodied with edgy, slightly chalky tannins on the entry, a fine salinity here with quite a persistent tail on the finish. 90-92 Neal Martin.