Even though all three varietals from Saint-Julien (and the entire Medoc region) are renowned for their prosperous maturity, Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2014 is more focused on defining its unique style with 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 11% Cabernet Franc. Not to mention, 2014 yielded Cabernets with distinctive power, complexity along with remarkably intense yet balanced aromas. Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2014 offers bursting dark fruits, very intense, without oppressing. Although complex, this wine is very measured: delectable fresh aromas, precise attack, and sophisticated structure with smooth, creamy, and silky tannins. This is controlled, with a finish that lingers long. An exceptional Leoville Las Cases that equals some of the Premier Crus.
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.