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The Top 10 Wines of 2014

#10

Château Léoville Las Cases

St.-Julien 2011

95

Score

$165

Price

8,330

Cases Made

This Bordeaux second-growth has earned ratings in the 95- to 100-point range in seven of the past 10 vintages. The Cabernet Sauvignon, which accounts for the greatest share of the nearly 240-acre estate, benefits from an excellent site and the rigorous viticultural standards mandated by owner Jean-Hubert Delon. The blend is 76 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 12 percent Merlot and 12 percent Cabernet Franc, the latter a fairly high percentage for the Médoc, but technical director Michael Georges believes it lends finesse to the Cabernet Sauvignon and adds depth to the Merlot.

The grand vin contains a fairly high percentage of Cabernet Franc for the Left Bank, added for depth and finesse.

Owner Jean-Hubert Delon

Tasting Note:

This has some toast to shed, but retains a terrific core of crushed plum and blackberry confiture. Has a beautiful ripple of charcoal for texture, honest acidity for balance and a bolt of iron that keeps this firmly grounded. A brick-house Cabernet. Best from 2018 through 2030. –James Molesworth

  • Special Designation: Collectibles
  • Region: Bordeaux, France
  • Issue Date: March 31, 2014