This has a very classic, austere bouquet with blackberry, cedar, sous-bois and tobacco. It has fine definition and comes across quite Graves-like in style. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, slightly dusty black fruit but with fine delineation towards the long, graphite finish.
Neal Martin on Jan 1st, 2012
Riedel Veritas Cabernet Merlot (2 Glasses)
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One of the largest and oldest châteaux in the Médoc, Château Léoville Las Cases sits in the St Julien appellation of Bordeaux, adjacent to Château Latour. The estate was originally much larger until following the French Revolution, much of the land was sold and the property was separated into what is today Château Léoville-Barton and then in later on in 1840, Château Léoville-Poyferré too. Since the 1950s, Château Léoville Las Cases has been managed by the Delon Family who also own Châteaux Potensac in the Medoc and Nénin in Pomerol. Léoville-Las Cases also has a second wine, Clos du Marquis.
Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand.
Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.
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