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2012 Leoville Las Cases

  • 94 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52977-2012-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    (74% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot and 11% cabernet franc; 3.6 pH; 5.4 g/l total acidity; 70 IPT; 13.5% alcohol; 80% new oak; 33 h/h): Dark ruby-red. Spice and vanillin nuances complicate red cherry, blackcurrant, cedar and graphite on the captivating, classic nose. Then suave and refined in the mouth, with clean flavors of blackcurrant, cedar and herbs. Finishes very long and pure, with insidious complexity and atypical levels of sweet creamy flesh for a 2012 Bordeaux from the Left Bank. I found this outstanding wine to be very LLC in style, not unlike a lighter version of the 2010. The grapes were picked on 12 different days between October 4 and 18. For my money, it's one of the two best wines from the Left Bank in 2012.
    Author: Ian D'Agata
    Issue: May/June 2013
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    The bigger sister or brother of Le Petit Lion, depending on your point of view, the 2012 Leoville Las Cases has gorgeous minerality, plenty of blueberry and blackcurrant fruit that is super-pure, an opaque ruby/purple color, medium body and firm structured, slightly austere personality. This wine is built for the long-term. A blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc, it attained 13.5% alcohol, which is substantial for a 2012 Medoc. It has depth and richness, but also a boatload of tannin. Forget it for 8-10 years and drink over the following 15-20
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    This is very tight at this early stage, with a wall of smoldering charcoal holding the core of dark plum, blackberry paste and cassis in reserve. The sleek finish shows admirable length and a mouthwatering echo of iron. This harnesses the austerity of the vintage to its advantage, and should unwind slowly in the cellar. Best from 2018 through 2030. 10,000 cases made.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Self | Rating: 95

    I had the oppertunity to have tasted this fabulous vintage under the managing director of Leoville Las Cases Pierre Graffeuille at a private function in SF. It was decanted for five hours before serving and in my option was one of the stars of the evening. Seemlessly wound together in a complex, balanced and elegantly crafted wine.
    Author: Cellar Dweller 33
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

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 130 bottles owned
  • 20 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 20 collectors)