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Bordeaux

2004 Léoville Las Cases

A cooler year than 2003 or 2005, and the precision is clear, with layers of tight black fruits, cedar and fresh mint confidently on display. It's pretty austere right now, but its weight and texture is far more impressive than its youth. In vintages like this, it's clear that the terroir always takes precedence here. There is 90% new oak here, and yet you barely get a whisper of it besides the soft, cold ash smoke on the finish. Read more
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Jane Anson - Decanter Magazine

A cooler year than 2003 or 2005, and the precision is clear, with layers of tight black fruits, cedar and fresh mint confidently on display. It's pretty austere right now, but its weight and texture is far more impressive than its youth. In vintages like this, it's clear that the terroir always takes precedence here. There is 90% new oak here, and yet you barely get a whisper of it besides the soft, cold ash smoke on the finish.

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James Suckling

This is so beautiful now with ceps, mushrooms, bark and blackberries, as well as some flowers and black olives. It’s full-bodied, round and soft. Lovely now. Drink and enjoy now, or hold.

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Robert Parker - Wine Advocate

Performing better from bottle than it did from cask, this blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, and 11% Cabernet Franc has put on weight over the last year. It exhibits the classic style of both Las Cases and St.-Julien in its deep black currant notes interwoven with sweet cherries, wet stones, and toasty vanillin. Made in a structured, medium to full-bodied style with superb concentration, beautiful purity, and admirable symmetry, this beauty is one of the strongest efforts of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2028

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Neal Martin - Vinous

The 2004 Léoville–Las Cases has the tough job of following the 2005. It offers black fruit mixed with sous-bois , smoke and sage aromas, now moving into its secondary stage but without the intensity of great vintages like 2005 or 2010. The palate is well balanced, with off-dry tannin. Classic in style, fresh and poised, leading to a lovely, quite sensual finish that leaves you wishing for another sip. Very fine.

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Winemakers Note

Léoville Las Cases - a Super Second that rivals the First Classified Growths Since 1901, Château Léoville Las Cases, 2nd Grand Cru Classé in Saint-julien, has been one of the Delon family's gems. Its terroir is primarily located in the Clos de Léoville Las Cases, which you pass through when leaving the village of Saint-Julien towards Pauillac, part of which is located right next to Château Latour. The Grand Vin of Léoville du Marquis de Las Cases possesses completely unique characteristics. The wines age beautifully and can last for decades with a great level of intensity. When you taste an old Léoville Las Cases you always get something special, and often surprising. Jean Guillaume Prats has taken over the management of the family estates for a year. Drawing upon his expertise garnered at Cos d'Estournel and at Château Lafite Rothschild, he has masterfully crafted an extraordinary 2022 vintage, which was unanimously acclaimed by critics for its unparalleled perfection. Léoville Las Cases 2022 has been bestowed with the flawless rating on no less than 18 occasions. It is an unprecedented feat in the annals of worldwide viticulture.

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