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Date Printed: 10/2/2014
Chateau Leoville Las Cases  1994
Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1994
(search item no. 19560)
collectible wine
older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $174.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 100 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 99 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 99 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 99 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 98 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 100 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1989 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1988 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1988 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1982 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1982 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1982 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1978 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The largest vineyard plot of Léoville-Las Cases known as the Grand Clos, are located in the norther portion of the St-Julien with only the Juillac tributary separating its vineyards from those of Latour. 97 Hectares are planted to 65 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. The vineyard underwent major replanting during the 1950s after the frost. Today the vines average 30 years of age. Grapes are harvested by hand, crushed and then may be fermented in temperature controlled wood, concrete, or stainless steel vats of varying size depending on the style of the vintage. Starting in 1987, Léoville-Las Cases began employing a state of the art, reverse osmosis machine to help extract excess water from the grape must. Use of this technique is considered controversial by some people. However today, that technology is by many of the top Bordeaux Chateaux. People questioning the technologies effect of wine need only to taste 1990, 1996, 2000 and other top years. Those are all better vintages for Leoville Las Cases, than previous famous years like 1982. According to Delon, reverse osmosis is only used in select vintages. Leoville Las Cases produces a structured style of Bordeaux wine. In the top vintages, buyers should be aware that these years of Leoville Las Cases take 15-20 or more years to develop and shed their tannic structure. At that point in time, the Bordeaux will wine display cedar, cassis, dark berries, truffle and tobacco notes in a style that often resembles a First Growth Pauillac.
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About Chateau Leoville Las Cases:

Chateau Leoville Las Cases is one of the largest and oldest classified growths in the Medoc region of France. Originally the other two Leovilles, Leoville Poyferre and Leoville Barton were part of the large estate. Today Leoville Las Cases comprises over 209 acres and has been run since 1950 by the Delon Family. Currently, the estate is run by the well-known Michel Delon.

The estate stretches from Chateau Beychevelle down to Chateau Latour, and the main estate is a picturesque, enclosed 100 acre vineyard depicted on the label. The winery is established as a Second Growth. vineyard.