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Château Léoville Las Cases 2002
2nd Grand Cru Classé in 1855
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Château Léoville Las Cases
A great name in the Bordeaux vineyard that no longer needs to be introduced, rightly nicknamed the "First of the Seconds crus". Very old property of the Medoc, Domaine was seized during the French Revolution and then divided into three properties of Léoville between 1826 and 1840: Barton and Poyferré and Las Cases, Domaine original of Marquis Pierre-Jean Las Cases.
During the 1855 classification for the Paris World's Fair, Château Léoville Las Cases was crowned Second Grand Cru Classé, and became the property of the Delon family at the end of the century. Jean-Hubert Delon now manages it.
The vineyard of Domaine reaches a size of about sixty hectares, of which 55 are entirely fenced within the famous enclosure of Las Cases, resting on a very qualitative terroir facing the Gironde estuary. The soils are composed of gravel and the subsoils are gravelly-sandy, containing a proportion of clay. The grape varieties are 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc, with an average age of the vines of 30 years. The wines are aged for 18 months in 50% new barrels.
The Domaine has been producing a Second wine, the Petit Lion du Marquis de Las Cases, since 2007.
The wines of Léoville Las Cases have left their mark on the wine world, asserting themselves as complex, refined, and deep, aging with elegance.
Critics Château Léoville Las Cases 2002.
Description Château Léoville Las Cases 2002.
Very beautiful nectars were born during the 2002 vintage, which owes its success to the radical change in climatic conditions that proved favorable as the harvest approached. The month of September was indeed superb with beautiful sunny conditions, which allowed the ripening process to be in full swing and to offer berries of great quality.
Blend of the 2002 vintage : 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
The color is an intense red tile with brilliant reflections.
The nose offers intense notes of evolution, cooked fruits, kirsch cherry and black olive, followed by aromas of cigar box, truffle and toasted bread.
The attack is frank and precise, the wine is carried by a beautiful acidity and reveals a powerful and racy body. The melted tannins mingle with notes of prunes and spices, and the whole blossoms with great freshness on a long and peppery finish.
Food and wine pairing:
Château Léoville Las Cases 2002 will be sublimated on a roast beef stuffed with foie gras and trumpets of death, a rack of lamb confit, a filet-mignon en croûte de Betty Bessi or a minced venison with truffles.
For an agreement with cheeses, privilege those with uncooked pressed paste: Cantal, Edam, aged mimolette, morbier with truffle or Saint-Nectaire.
For desserts, try it with Pierre Hermé's Carrément Chocolat, a black forest or a three chocolate entremet.
Ageing potential and tasting:
Château Léoville Las Cases 2002 can be cellared for another 8 to 10 years, and will reach its peak between 2027 and 2030.
It is however ready to drink today. To do so, take care to place and open the bottle in the serving room at room temperature the night before. If this is not possible, open the bottle 6 to 7 hours before tasting, and decant after 1 hour of opening.
The bottles will be kept in the cellar protected from the light, lying down, at an optimal hygrometric degree of 70%.