The history of the Domaine de Léoville dates back to 1604, when the Domaine de Léoville, facing the Gironde, was at the time one of the most important properties of the Medoc. The vineyard was owned by the wealthiest and most influential French noble families in the region. After the Revolution, the estate of Léoville was divided into several parcels. Château Léoville Las Cases is born as a result of this reshuffle. For decades, Château Léoville Las Cases is run by the same family. Today, Jean-Hubert Delon, sole owner, is the representative of the family tradition. The Delon Family also owns Clos du Marquis, Château Nénin and Château Potensac.
Classified Second Grand Cru in 1855, the vineyard includes 97 Ha of vines. The gateway, emblem of the property, opens onto a 55-hectare enclosed wall surrounded by a stone wall delimiting its terroir extending from the village of Saint Julien to Château Latour.
Also, his exceptional terroir benefits from attentive, rigorous and demanding care, in the vineyard as well as in the cellar, to obtain in each vintage the best possible expression of the philosophy of the wine: character of the soil, aptitude for ageing and to assert oneself in time.
The 2009 Léoville Las Cases is aging very gracefully, exhibiting all the plenitude and generosity of the vintage without any of its potential excesses. Offering up aromas of sweet cassis, loamy soil, cigar wrapper, spices and a deft touch of classy new oak, it’s medium to full-bodied, broad and enveloping, with a layered core of fruit framed by fine, powdery tannins, concluding with a long, beautifully defined finish. It’s at the beginning of what will be a long drinking window.
[97 points – William Kelley – Aug 2022-robertparker.com ]