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1855 Classification Missing Château Léoville-Las Cases?

Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:44 am
by David Pian
I was just cruising through the official site for the 1855 Médoc classification (, and under the list titled "Grands Crus Classés en 1855" on the right navigation panel, I find one of my favorite Château's missing: Château Léoville-Las Cases, from St. Julien. Could this be a mistake? I wouldn't expect the official site to have such an oversight, would it? Or is there something going on in the news I missed lately that took out this Château as a 2nd growth producer? Can someone help me explain why :confused: Thanks...

Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:52 am
by Jeff Leve
Leoville Las Cases was awarded Second Growth status in the 1855 Classification.

You can read about the cassification here. ... sification

Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:55 am
by Christer Byklum
I have also found that sometimes Las Cases does not appear. In the book Bordeaux Château, a history of the Grand Cru Classé since 1855, there is nothing about Las Cases either.

Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 6:31 pm
by Steve Matthesen
Even though Leoville had already split into Las Cases, Poyferre, and Barton all three were grouped together under Leoville (largely based I assume on th fact that the classifaction was based on historical valuations and some of the splits were pretty close to 1855). Oddly, the original doument shows three proprietors (Marquis de las Cases, Baron de Poyfere, and Barton)...

Posted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 2:55 am
by Christer Byklum
In the book mentioned above, Poyferre and Barton are mentioned, not Las Cases, and have their own Château description. Leoville Poyferre was separated in 1860, and Leoville Barton about 1825

Posted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:11 am
by Jeff Leve
Leoville Las Cases and Leoville Poyferre share a commmon heritage and parking lot. If you want to read about both properties in The Wine Cellar Insider

Leoville Las Cases ... las-cases/


Leoville Poyferre ... -poyferre/