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2018 Leoville Las Cases (750ml) »FUTURES«

Cabernet Sauvignon from Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

2018 Leoville Las Cases
B-21 Top Recommendation
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At the northern end of the commune of Saint-Julien, opposite the vines of Chateau Latour across the boundary in Pauillac, an old stone wall encloses a 50-hectare piece of vineyard. This is the grand clos, the heart and nucleus of one of the best, and certainly one of the longest-living, of all the Saint-Julien properties - if not of the entire Medoc. Since the late 1950’s Chateau Leoville-las-Cases has consistently produced one of the best clarets in Bordeaux - perhaps of all wines the nearest in quality to the first growths.
– Clive Coates

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Pure magic and one of the finest expressions of this estate I could imagine, as well as a perfect wine, the 2018 Château Léoville Las Cases comes from a mix of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc that spent 19 months in (I believe) all new French oak. Its dense purple color is followed by a profound wine loaded with notions of crème de cassis, lead pencil shavings, melon, crushed stone, tobacco, and violets. Full-bodied, concentrated, and massive on the palate, yet also incredibly well delineated and precise, it has a wonderful mix of seemingly ripe, sunny fruit from a warm year yet the minerality, purity, and precision of a cooler year. This wine is going to be just about immortal; however, do your best to hide bottles for a solid 10-15 years.

100 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Mar 2021)

The 2018 Léoville Las Cases is composed of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc and 9% Merlot, harvested September 15 to October 4 with yields of 35.5 hectoliters per hectare, it has 14.49% alcohol and was aged in 90% new barriques. Deep purple-black colored, it needs a fair bit of coaxing to reveal striking scents of blackcurrant pastilles, wild blueberries and redcurrant jelly, giving way to notions of crushed rocks, lavender, Indian spices, unsmoked cigars and black truffles, plus a provocative waft of rose oil. The full-bodied palate is densely laden with black fruit preserves and earthy layers, accented by bright, lively red berry and floral sparks. It has a rock-solid frame of firm, ripe, grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing very long and wonderfully minerally. The tannins are so beautifully approachable even at this youthful stage, making it delicious to drink now, but afford it 5-6 years in bottle to allow those finer nuances to emerge and drink it over the next 40+ years.

99 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Mar 2021)

An elegant, complex nose of blackberries, blueberries and herbal and spice notes with dark-chocolate and earthy undertones. Violets, flowers and graphite, too. It’s full-bodied with firm, layered tannins and a crushed-stone undertone throughout the fresh, velvety and layered palate. Very complex, muscular and formed. The finish is endless. Lowest percentage of press wine ever in this. So deep. Try after 2027.

99 points, James Suckling (Mar 2021)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
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$299.88
This is a Futures item. 2018 futures will begin arriving in 2021. 1 bottle available.

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