With its 98 hectares of planted vines, Léoville las Cases is the largest of the three Léoville. It represents 60% and the heart (the famous walled enclosure) of the former Domaine de Léoville. Château Léoville las Cases was purchased from Jean de Las Cases in 1900 by Théophile Skawinski, the great-great-grandfather of current owner Jean-Hubert Delon, who also owns Château Potensac in north Médoc and Château Nénin in Pomerol.
The sheer quality of Léoville-Las Cases derives from its exceptional vineyard land, above all a 55-hectare parcel called “Clos de Léoville las Cases” which forms the backbone of the Grand Vin de Léoville. The “Clos de Léoville las Cases” encases a terroir of great complexity as the plots contain many different types of soil composition. It is planted principally with Cabernet-Sauvignon, which at 66% is the predominant variety on the estate, the remainder being Merlot (24%), Cabernet Franc (9%) and Petit Verdot (1%). The cameo of geological combinations influences the growth of the vines and the composition of the grapes: the great Cabernet usually achieve their full potential whatever the vintage, giving the Grand Vin its unique personality. Château Léoville las Cases produces the Grand Vin de Léoville but also the Clos du Marquis and the Petit Lion.
In its youth, Léoville las Cases is usually closed and needs at least 10 years before being fully enjoyable. After ageing, the wine develops an amazing complexity (black fruit like blackberries and blueberries, spicy notes like black pepper, cedar aromas, licorice…), and a beautiful, outstanding finish, with a hint of minerals. The palate is perfectly balanced, full, elegant, lively, intense and pure, with silky tannins and a lovely freshness. Château Léoville las Cases has always an amazing ageing potential whatever the vintages..