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2000 Leoville Las Cases

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-JULIEN
  • 98 WA
  • 100 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52977-2000-750-3A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 100

    Absolutely fantastic. This is one of the most exciting young reds I have tasted in a long, long time. It shows intense aromas of berries, currants and minerals, with hints of mint. Full-bodied and packed with fruit and tannins, its long finish is refined and silky. A benchmark for the vintage. Las Cases has always wanted to make first-growth quality in a top notch vintage, and it certainly did in 2000. 15,000 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    Along with the Medoc first growths, Leoville Barton, Chateau Montrose, Sociando Mallet, and a handful of other producers, Leoville Las Cases continues to make a wine meant for very long-term cellaring. When I did my earlier tastings of the 2000, my projected maturity dates were 2012-2040, but it is looking more like 2020-2050. This full-bodied blend of nearly 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.4% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc still has a youthful ruby/purple color, notes of graphite, kirsch liqueur, black currants, and lead pencil shavings, with good acidity, the tell-tale purity, layered ripeness and intensity, and a profound finish. However, with its high level of tannin and brooding backwardness, this superb effort needs to be forgotten for up to a decade.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Dark black cherry colour. Oaky and spicy up front. Peppery spice. A little bit of leafy freshness but bags of generous fruit. Slight dustiness. Rich, smooth and dry minerality over rich deep, sweet fruit. Firm chocolate-textured tannins. Bold but not brash. Still quite a bit of oak spice. Not giving itself yet. Powerful. Maybe could drink it sooner with food. Very dense and Cabernet-dominated (77%). (JH)
    Author: Julia Harding MW
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    Full, bright ruby. Superripe aromas of roasted currant, violet and black licorice. Powerful and highly aromatic in the mouth, with brooding black fruit, violet and chocolate flavors. A step up in acidity from the Clos du Marquis, giving the wine great vinosity and cut. Extremely long and aromatic on the finish, with big, chewy, thoroughly ripe tannins.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2003
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: ChrisMus
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: RDV
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Auction bottle, held about 8 months. Opened and left undisturbed for 12 hours before serving, shared with the Wine School of Philadelphia. The most complete wine I have yet tasted. Absolutely perfect, the nose was captivating for hours -- you just keep breathing it in until it consumes everything else in your mind. I left an angels share in the glass to come back to at the end of the long night. It never wavered from total perfection. A singular expression of incredible terrior, amazing fruit, and superb wine-making. With slow oxygenation, it was ready from the first pour and never faded. When you are ready to reference the standard for St. Julien wine, you can hardly do better than to offer this 2000 LLC. Served with an 83 Margaux and a 95 Latour which were extraordinary in their own right, for some this was the still the wine of the night. Of the year! Now I get it. Spectacular.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2040
    Author: Miguel L
  • Self | Rating: 90

    consumed during the tasting of St Julien wines, from 1959 to 2000. Not as exciting as expected and was very different from other (albeit much older) wines. A la Californa, fruit too much forward, aggressive, no balance. Will approve with age as other Las Cases wines (the 1966 was the best at the tasting)?
    Drink Dates: 2030-2050
    Author: Ilya S
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Dark, opaque red core with very little variation towards the rim, for 12 years old the color shows like a wine that is 3 years old, very primary with no signs of browning. This might be the most intense black currant nose I have ever experienced in a wine, black cherry and blackberry a hint of blood sausage, oak, Lavender, crushed rocks, powerful and complex. The palate is an example of super balance, High acid, medium persistent tannin that lingers on the palate, massive fruit character. Very new world like yet balanced and complex. Plum, raspberry and sour cherry jump out of the glass, the wine lingers for at least 45 seconds on the finish. Still just a baby and needs 2-5 years to mellow down a little. Drink 2015- 202
    Author: BORDEAUXLICIOUS
  • Self | Rating: 97

    From the blind tasting of Las cases, Barton and Poyferre of 2000, 1996, 1990 and 1982 at Acker. Best of the 2000s. Nose is very fruit forward and rich with cherry popping though. More on the nose than in the mouth. Hints of vanilla join the fruits and ample tannins.
    Drink Dates: 2020+
    Author: Ricknat1
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Muted nose. Completely disjointed. Hint of fruit on entry then purely vegetal. Back end attempts to save it but there's really not much there. Have to give it another chance with another bottle. This cannot be a 100 point wine even if it has shut down.
    Author: taipanli
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Young
    Author: marv
The Second Growth classified estate of Leoville Las Cases continues to produce wines of exceptional quality, rivaling those of the First Growth producers. The wines are full-bodied, concentrated and complex, and have tremendous aging potential. Typical blends consist of over 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, with lesser amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and a small amount of Petit Verdot. Bargain hunters should also keep an eye out for the estate's second label, Clos du Marquis.

See other similar producers:Chateau Leoville Barton,Clos Louie,Chateau Cantemerle
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 6754 bottles owned
  • 765 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 765 collectors)