Château Léoville Las Cases, 1994

Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France

Château Léoville Las Cases, 1994

Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France



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Grape Varietes: Cabernet Sauvignon 74%, Cabernet Franc 14%, Merlot 9%, Petit Verdot 4% Wine Style: Left Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Michel Delon Optimum Drinking: 2017-2020 Reviewer Rating: 94 Reviewer: Code: 102042 Alcohol: 13%
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Château Leoville Las Cases 1994 made a stunning wine in a good Bordeaux vintage that was subsequently over-shadowed by the 1995 and 1996 vintages. It therefore represents relatively excellent value-for-money at the same quality point. A shrewd buy.

Léoville Las Cases is the most legendary wine of Saint-Julien: on a quality par with the Médoc's first growths, without the hefty price premium to match. It is a prime example of a Bordeaux 'super-second' - a second growth operating at a first growth level.

Léoville Las Cases is also one of the largest, oldest and most picturesque of the Médoc's classified Bordeaux growths. Grapes are fermented at lower than average temperatures, which is partially responsible for the wines displaying some of the most exotic aromas and aromatic richness in the Médoc.


"Michel Delon, a great man, is the consummate proprietor, meticulously administering this vast estate spread out along the St.-Julien/Pauillac border, separated from Latour's finest vineyard by a mere ten feet. The 1993-95 vintages from Delon are brilliant wines. Leoville-Las-Cases remains one of the irrefutable reference points for high class Bordeaux. One of the more massive Medocs of the vintage, this opaque purple-colored wine exhibits fabulous richness and volume in the mouth. Layers of pure black-cherry and cassis fruit are intermixed with stony, mineral-like scents, as well as high quality toasty oak. Medium to full-bodied, with a sweet, rich entry, this wine possesses plenty of tannin, yet fabulous extract and length. Leoville-Las-Cases is one of the half-dozen great wines of the Medoc in 1994."