Chateau Leoville Las Cases is a 98 hectare, Super Second estate in St Julien. Originally part of the ancient Chateau Leoville estate, the site was owned by the Marquis de Las Cases and his three siblings, before being seized as a national asset following the French Revolution. Once the revolutionary dust had settled, a quarter of the estate was sold to Hugh Barton in 1826 and became Leoville Barton. A long legal battle then ensued for brother and sister Pierre and Jeanne de Las Cases for ownership, but they were ultimately recognised as the owners of the remaining Leoville estate in 1840. The estate’s general manager, Theophile Skawinski, acquired a share of Leoville Las Cases which was passed onto his son-in-law Andre Delon. Today, Leoville Las Cases is managed by the same Delon family, with Jean Hubert Delon – Skawinski’s great-great-grandson – being the sole owner of the Chateau. Domaines Delon also have Chateau Potensac and Chateau Nenin in their portfolio.

In the Bordeaux Classification on 1855, no wines from the St Julien appellation were awarded First Growth status. However, Chateau Leoville Las Cases has long been the strongest contender to be reclassified, with its wines (and prices) often matching those of the First Growth estates. As the largest of the three Leoville properties, Leoville Las Cases holds a commanding presence in St Julien. The vineyards are unique for the Medoc, being mainly laid out in one large clos. The best sites are within the walled Grand Clos, the gate of which features of the estate’s wine bottles and stretches between the village of St Julien and Chateau Latour. The Quaternary gravel based soils are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot which benefit greatly from the influences of the Gironde river that runs past the vines. Leoville Las Cases produces three wines, its Grand Vin, the second wine Le Petit Lion and Clos du Marquis. The wines combine the vigour, concentration and texture of great Cabernet Sauvignon with an exotic black fruit perfume that makes its complexity stand out in youth and develop with age.

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