AOC Saint-Julien (Bordeaux)
Château Léoville Las Cases
A historic Grand Vin from noble terroirs
Style Château Léoville Las Cases 2020
Characteristics Château Léoville Las Cases
The French Revolution was one of the most important events of the Modern Age that shook France politically, socially and economically. In the midst of the revolution many nobles knew they were in danger and so fled to neighboring countries leaving everything they had to be seized. Château Léoville, owned by one of the most influential families of the French court, met this very fate and between 1826 and 1840 it was divided up through egalitarian redistribution in the name of the revolution. However, the acquisition of the estate by the Les Cases family through a sort of birthright has managed to recover 3/5 of the initial property and thus become one of the oldest and most prestigious châteaus in the Médoc to this day.
Managed by the same family ever since, if there is one thing that makes Château Léoville Las Cases stand out, it is the complexity of the terroirs. The proximity of the Girondo river throughout different geological periods has formed several overlays composed mainly of gravel, sand and clay. This area is classified as a 2er Cru and is one of the most exceptional plots of the AOC Saint-Julien. Their wine of the same name is made in the historic heart of the original terroir with Cabernet Sauvignon and small amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. After being cultivated through respectful agriculture and harvested by hand, the grapes are traditionally vinified in the winery with fermentation in cement, wood and stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature. The wine is then aged for 18-20 months in 225-litre French oak barrels.
Although at first glance the AOC Saint-Julien is a modest denomination compared to the rest of the Médoc, Château Léoville Las Cases is made from exceptional terroirs. A historic Gran Vin whose complex and noble expression makes it unique vintage after vintage.