2011 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note

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2011 Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien) 94
Chocolate mint, flowers, currants, cedar and lead guypencil on the nose bring you to a hmouth full of chewy Cabernet, dusty tannins and a finish with tart cherries and bitter cocoa in the endnote. Decanted 60 minutes before serving. Drink from 2023-2040.

Chocolate mint, flowers, currants, cedar and lead guypencil on the nose bring you to a hmouth full of chewy Cabernet, dusty tannins and a finish with tart cherries and bitter cocoa in the endnote. Decanted 60 minutes before serving. Drink from 2023-2040.

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Better than the reputation of the vintage, this is quite nice and almost completely developed. With a few years to go before maturity, the wine offers a scaled-down, forward, Leoville Las Cases experience with ample, peppery, black, and red currants. cigar box, blackberry, cedar, and forest leaf notes in the perfume. On the palate, the wine delivers bright, fresh, lifted red fruits, with energy and length in a classic manner. Give it 1 hour in the decanter, or wait 3-4 years.

Better than the reputation of the vintage, this is quite nice and almost completely developed. With a few years to go before maturity, the wine offers a scaled-down, forward, Leoville Las Cases experience with ample, peppery, black, and red currants. cigar box, blackberry, cedar, and forest leaf notes in the perfume. On the palate, the wine delivers bright, fresh, lifted red fruits, with energy and length in a classic manner. Give it 1 hour in the decanter, or wait 3-4 years.

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Big, powerful, concentrated and enough of a serious structure to age, the wine is deep, long and clearly, one of the top wines from the Medoc.

Big, powerful, concentrated and enough of a serious structure to age, the wine is deep, long and clearly, one of the top wines from the Medoc.

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From 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.4% alcohol and will be aged in 80% new oak. The pH is 3.63. Inky in color, this is one of the darkest, most concentrated wines of the vintage. Espresso bean, black cherry, truffle, gravel, cedar wood, tobacco and cassis are found in the perfume. Powerful and rich with ample tannins, acidity and structure, this classic wine ends with a long, fresh cassis and ripe blackberry finish. Like all the best vintages of Leoville Las Cases, this needs a lot of time in the cellar before consumption. 93-95 Pts

From 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.4% alcohol and will be aged in 80% new oak. The pH is 3.63. Inky in color, this is one of the darkest, most concentrated wines of the vintage. Espresso bean, black cherry, truffle, gravel, cedar wood, tobacco and cassis are found in the perfume. Powerful and rich with ample tannins, acidity and structure, this classic wine ends with a long, fresh cassis and ripe blackberry finish. Like all the best vintages of Leoville Las Cases, this needs a lot of time in the cellar before consumption. 93-95 Pts

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When to Drink Chateau Leoville Las Cases, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Leoville Las Cases is not a wine to drink on the young side. The wine is usually far too tannic, powerful, and reserved during its youth. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 3-6 hours, give or take.

This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Leoville Las Cases is usually better with at least 15 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Latour offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 20-50 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Leoville Las Cases with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Leoville Las Cases is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Leoville Las Cases is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Leoville Las Cases is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheeses.

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