Leoville Las Cases 2022 600cl

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Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 98-100 Points: “One of the wines of the vintage this year is the 2022 Léoville Las Cases, a monument in the making that combines unerring classicism with unusual sensuality and charm by the standards of this estate's sometimes youthfully forbidding wines. Exhibiting deep aromas of dark berries, violets, pencil lead, rose petals and tobacco leaf, it's full-bodied, deep and multidimensional, with terrific concentration, beautiful purity of fruit, abundant but refined tannins and a long, vibrant finish. On the several occasions that I tasted it, the 2022 was surprisingly open for a young Las Cases, but it wouldn't surprise me if it were to shut down after a few years in bottle. It's a blend of 83.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10.5% Cabernet Franc and 6% Merlot.”

James Suckling 99-100 Points: “This shows no gravity. The tannins are totally melted in the wine and give it fantastic structure, but the texture is so fresh and vivid. Crushed stone. Cloves. Chinese spices. Great finish. Opening and flying away. Orange peel. Very special. Thought-provoking. Endless. 83.5% cabernet sauvignon, 10.5% cabernet franc and 6% merlot.”

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 98-100 Points: “The 2022 Léoville Las Cases is stunning. Fine-grained and nuanced, the 2022 Las Cases is breathtaking. Red/purplish fruit, rose petals, lavender, Spice and mocha open gradually but what impresses most about the 2022 is its sublime finesse. Silky, plush and exceptionally beautiful, the 2022 Las Cases is shaping up to be one of the wines of the year.”

Neal Martin, Vinous 98-100 Points: “The 2022 Léoville Las-Cases was picked 8-30 September with more infusion than extraction, matured in 84% new oak. Precocious, almost decadent blackberry and blueberry fruit on the nose, there is something lavish and audacious about this Saint-Julien. There is an underlying estuarine element, a whiff off the banks of the Gironde. The palate is medium-bodied with polished tannins, very detailed, extremely pure, what you might call a "vertical' Las-Cases with fabulous precision on the finish. This surpasses the 2018-2020 trio and to use that clichéd expression, is a 'tour de force”.

The Wine Cellar Insider, Jeff Leve 98-100 Points: “Inky in color, the wine is all about its full-body, intensity, levels of concentration, and sense of purity. The wine starts off with violets, cassis, blackberries, Cuban cigar wrapper, ash, smoke, licorice, and mint. On the palate, the levels of concentration are readily apparent. Yet, even with all its depth of flavor, there is refinement, lift, and complexity that requires time and effort to unfurl. The fruit is uncommonly rich in the mid-palate the tannins are strong, ripe and firm. The seamless finish, with its wall of rich, black and blue fruit hits the 60 second mark with ease. As always, Leoville Las Cases requires bottle aging. But, with 2022, my guess is the wine will start to shine after a decade of age, evolving and improving for 40-50 years with ease. Produced from a blend 83.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10.5% Cabernet Franc and 6% Merlot. 14.25% ABV. 3.80 pH. Harvesting took place September 8 - September 30. Yields were 36 hectoliters per hectare. This is only the second time in the history of the estate that you find more Cabernet Franc than Merlot in the blend. Drink from 2030-2065.”

Jeb Dunnuck 98-100 Points: “ Looking at the Grand Vin 2022 Château Léoville Las Cases, it has an almost Pauillac-like style in its ripe, powerful aromatics of graphite, lead pencil shavings, cassis, and liquid rock-like minerality. Full-bodied, massively concentrated, and powerful on the palate, it nevertheless stays flawlessly balanced, has just about off-the-charts purity, ripe yet building tannins, and a great finish. This will clearly rank with the truly greats from this address and reminds me slightly of a mix of the 2016 and 2018. It is not, however, going to be for those looking for instant gratification."

Decanter 98-100 Points: A luminous and utterly brilliant wine in 2022 that really sets itself apart. Hints of black bramble fruit, spicy peppercorns, violets, sweet cherries, crushed stones, ink and cocoa powder on the nose - all so very appealing. Tension and direction from the get go, this is sleek and slick, dense but such alluring coolness, with crushed stones and blueberries giving minerality as well as juicy acidity providing lift. It’s not out to shine right now, but there’s such confidence on show. Direct, slowly expanding effortlessly as it goes from start to finish, elongating the fine tannic structure that supports but doesn't overwhelm. So poised and refined, charming in a dark, utterly seductive way. Firm, but fruity, cool and calm, coming in waves. One of the wines of the vintage with striking power but delivered so perfectly with everything in balance. 3.80pH. 85 IPT. A yield of 36-37hl/ha. 98-100 points.”

The Wine Independent 98-100 Points: “A blend of 83.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10.5% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Merlot, with a pH of 3.8, the 2022 Leoville Las Cases is deep garnet-purple in color. It needs a lot of waking up before it strides confidently out of the glass with classic scents of warm cassis, juicy black plums, and pencil shavings, giving way to wafts of evocative scents of iron ore, crushed rocks, wood smoke, and violets, with a hint of star anise. The medium to full-bodied palate is the Taj Mahal of Cabernets, built with an amazing structure and so many intricate layers, it makes the mind spin. Youthful, crunchy black fruits and mineral sparks give way to a core of savory notes and plum preserves, intertwined with a firm backbone of exquisitely ripe tannins, and a very long, seamlessly lively finish. Wow!”

Yves Beck 99-100 Points: “Las Cases se révèle avec une rare subtilité. Lui qui aime bien rapidement mettre les choses au point, il a une entrée en matière qui le mérite de surprendre… et surtout de convaincre. Les nuances de Cabernet Franc sont évidentes, au travers de notes de violettes, la fraîcheur du Cabernet Sauvignon est de toute manière plussoyée quant au merlot, malgré une représentativité d'à peine 6 % confère le charme qu'on attend de lui. En bouche Las Cases surprend également. Il affiche une évidente rondeur, dès l'attaque, mais ce n'est que pour mieux montrer ses dents par la suite !! La puissance ça ne se gomme pas, par contre ça se canalise… et heureusement cette puissance a été parfaitement domptée. L'équilibre est parfait, l'ampleur, la sucrosité, la vivacité, la finesse, le charme et la tension… et tout ça réuni ! Quel symposium de saveur, quelle logique qualitative performante, quelle aptitude à faire avancer Las Cases vers des horizons dédiés à accessibilité plus rapide qu'à l'accoutumé, tout en assurant l'extraordinaire aptitude au vieillissement que l’on connaît de Las Cases. Une des très grandes réussites du millésime. 99-100/100”

Adrian van Velsen 98-100 Points: “(83.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10.5% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 14.25%) Was für ein subtiles Bouquet, man möchte eintauchen, darin baden, die Veilchenaromen sind faszinierend, man wähnt sich in einem super-noblen Barolo, wären da nicht die dunkelfruchtigen Aromen, die das Bouquet dominieren, diese Nase ist ein Spektakel, tiefgründiger und komplexer geht wohl nicht mehr. Im Gaumen, was soll ich sagen, ein Fruchtkonzentrat mit superfeinem Tanninkorsett, alles ist hier an seinem Platz, Frucht, Alkohol, Tannine, Säure, im mittleren Gaumen baut der Wein mächtig Druck auf, scheint im Mund explodieren zu wollen, zieht durch, wird schlanker, hallt im Abgang nach, will nicht enden. Umfwerfend und mit Sicherheit einer der besten, je produzierten Las Cases. Für eine Ewigkeit gebaut. 2030 bis 2060+ ‘’

Jean-Marc Quarin 100 Points: ‘’Couleur noire. Nez intense, fin, fruité, puissant et noble. Nuances pures de cacao, de réglisse et de fleurs.Raffiné en entrée de bouche, puis très aromatique au milieu, dense et pourtant gracieux dans le toucher, le vin se développe ample, puissant, profond, vers une finale longue, complexe, que je n'ai jamais vue aussi nuancée et grasse en même temps. Le Léoville Las Cases le plus charnu, le plus précis, le plus profond et le plus dégagé de toute austérité que je connaisse. C'est magnifique !’’

Weinwisser 20 Points

Revue de Vins de France 99-100 Points

Matthew Duckes 20+ Points

1000 Plateaux 98-100 Points

Drinks Business 98-100 Points

The Wine Doctor 97-100 Points

Le Figaro 98-100 Points