chateau leoville las cases 2eme cru classe, saint-julien 2014
WINE SPECTATOR
95
DECANTER
95

2014 chateau leoville las cases 2eme cru classe, saint-julien

Why We're Buying

Bordeaux only has 15 second-growth wine estates. Château Léoville-Las Cases is one of them. The château pushes the boundaries of what wine can be, yielding some of the most highly regarded red blends on the Left Bank.

Critics Scores

WINE SPECTATOR
95

Wine Spectator

Densely packed, with cassis, steeped plum and blackberry coulis notes that are compressed with layers of cold charcoal and graphite. Very pure, giving this a long, sleek and racy feel, while a terrific iron underpinning drives the finish. Best from 2020 through 2040.

DECANTER
95

Decanter

Fragrant density from 79% Cabernet Sauvignon. Fine chalky tannins and great purity and depth – quite severe in the Las Cases style but clearly a wine of great class.

JAMES SUCKLING
98

James Suckling

I love the nose of blackberries, blueberries, flowers and citrus. Hints of stones and wet earth. Full body and ultra-fine tannins that are so long and seamless. Incredible length. A wine that you want to drink now.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
96

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2014 Leoville-Las Cases is a blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, with Cabernet Franc and Merlot, cropped at 33 hectoliters per hectare and matured in 85% new oak. There is 6.8% vin de presse this year. Picked between 30 September and 13 October over 12 days. It has a delectable bouquet with very precise, mineral-rich black fruit infused with oyster shell, which appears to be a leitmotif of Jean-Huber Delon's 2014s! The palate is medium-bodied with wondrous purity and tension, the acidity beautifully poised and imparting the palpable sense of energy from start to finish. Where it really excels is on the finish: exquisite structure, very complex with enormous persistence that lingers for more than a minute. Surely the wine of the appellation, ditto one of the best Left Bank 2014s.

JEB DUNNUCK
94

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2014 Leoville Las Cases is a terrific blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot, and it’s one of the more backward, tight, age-worthy wines in the vintage. Offering sensational purity in its crème de cassis, graphite, licorice and subtle background oak, it hits the palate with a tight, focused, yet impressively concentrated profile that needs 3-4 years of cellaring and will shine for three decades. It’s another incredibly classy wine from this estate.

WINE ENTHUSIAST
97

Wine Enthusiast

This is a great wine. It has all the elements in place to produce a wine that will last for years: powerful fruit, rich tannins and a structure that is built to last. This is elegant, impressive and concentrated. Almost entirely Cabernet Sauvignon, the grape gives the wine its fruit and its tannins. Drink from 2028. Cellar Selection