Chateau Leoville Las Cases is a second growth Bordeaux estate located on the northern end of the Saint-Julien appellation adjacent to the Gironde River. Totaling over 200 acres, Leoville Las Cases is comprised of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Merlot, and .5% Cabernet Franc.
Leoville Las Cases is a perfect example of why the 1855 Bordeaux classification desperately needs to be updated. Although rated a second growth, Leoville Las Cases consistently produces wine of first growth quality. Like its next-door neighbor, Chateau Latour, Leoville Las Cases maintains a reputation for making stellar wine even in difficult vintages. It is the undisputed crown jewel of St. Julien, and unequivocally one of the best wines in Bordeaux.
Leoville Las Cases is a tannic and concentrated wine that must be aged to be fully appreciated. As with other Bordeaux of this caliber, ten years is minimal. Serve it with red meat, game, robust cheese, and other hearty fare.
Chef Mark with Bruno Rolland, the talented and
gracious Cellar Master of Leoville Las Cases.
Chateau Leoville Las Cases is owned by Domaines Delon. They produce a number of other highly respected Bordeaux wines:
Chateau Clos du Marquis is the second wine of Leoville Las Cases and is equivalent to a 3rd or 4th growth.
Chateau Potensac hails from the Medoc commune of Ordonnac.
Although technically a Cru Bourgeois, it is nevertheless of classified growth quality.
Chateau Chapelle de Potensac is the second wine of Chateau Potensac.
Chateau Nenin is a Pomerol estate. The wine is made from Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The Delon family acquired Nenin in 1997 and quality has increased ever since.
Chateau Fugue de Nenin is the second wine of Chateau Nenin.