1999 Chateau Leoville-Las-Cases | Friarwood Fine Wines

1999 Chateau Leoville-Las-Cases

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  • Type: Red Wine
  • Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
  • Style: Elegant and Silky
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Country: France
  • Region: Bordeaux
  • Subregion: Saint Julien
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The largest of the three ‘Leoville’ properties, with 97 hectares of vineyard spread throughout the appellation of Saint-Julien. Classified 2ème Cru, the wines of this estate are unquestionably of 1er Cru quality. The history of the estate can be traced back to 1638, when all three Leoville properties were one, and were the site of many winemaking and viticultural innovations which remain in use to this day. After the French Revolution, the estate was split into the Leovilles Barton, Poyferre and Las Cases. Following acquisition in 1976, the estate has achieved ever-growing esteem under the ownership of Michel Delon.

A really rather excellent – and long-lived, for the ’99 vintage – example of Leoville-las-Cases. Powerful, muscular, densely structured, a triumph which compares very favourably to First Growths.

Venison, game, red meat, complex dishes. Nothing too powerfully flavoured, as it will overwhelm this venerable wine.

Although, by French law, they are unable to set aside their Classification, Leoville Las Cases withdrew from the Conseil des Grands Crus Classés in 1988 (the only Classified estate to have done so) on the basis that it is misleading and out of date – an unsurprising stance, since any update would almost certainly see Las Cases elevated to 1st Growth status.

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