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- 92-94+ Punkte Robert Parkers WINE ADVOCATE, Lisa Perrotti-Brown: "The 2019 Le Petit Lion blend this year is 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc and 43% Merlot, harvested from the 20th of September to the 9th of October. The alcohol weighed in at 14.01% with a pH of 3.55 and an IPT of 75. It is aging in French oak barriques, 30% new. Managing director Pierre Graffeuille informed me that this wine is mainly a blend of the younger vines of Léoville Las Cases—three- to 20-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon vines—with some of the old Merlot (40-70 years) from the Las Cases enclosure. "It is a great combo to add old Merlot to young Cabernet Sauvignon!" he commented. Sporting a deep purple-black color, scents of Black Forest cake, blueberry preserves and ripe, black plums come bounding out of the glass, shadowed by hints of menthol, potpourri, spice cake and clove oil plus a waft of aniseed. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with energetic, juicy black fruits, framed by amazing freshness and ripe, grainy tannins, finishing with a lively, invigorating lift. This is very different from the grand vin and yet is a wonderful alternative expression of the vineyard. For true fans of Las Cases, I would really recommend buying both this and the grand vin, because together they create an even more interesting story of the vintage at this incredible property!"
- 92-94 Punkte WINE ENTHUSIAST, Roger Voss: "Barrel Sample. Densely textured, this wine has lashings of black currant fruits to go with the open, spicy tannins. It has an almost jammy fruitiness, emphasizing the ripe Merlot in the blend. It's proper second wine, made to age over the medium term."
- 91-93 Punkte VINOUS, Antonio Galloni: "The 2019 Le Petit Lion is a blend of old-vine Merlot and younger vine Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep and savory in the glass, the Petit Lion is wonderfully expressive today. Readers should plan on cellaring the 2019, as it has quite a bit of tannin lurking beneath all the rich fruit. More than anything else, it is the wine's persistence and finish that really stands out."
- 90-92 Punkte VINOUS, Neal Martin: "The 2019 Le Petit Lion, matured in 30% new oak, was slightly muted on the nose and required 10-15 minutes to really open. Eventually it reveals crisp black fruit laced with ash and sous-bois scents. The palate is medium-bodied with pastille-like purity on the entry. Fleshier than the aromatics suggest, it is very well balanced with just a dab of sea salt towards the crisp, fresh finish. This will be a delight to drink over the next decade."
- 93 Punkte DECANTER, Jane Anson: "The grapes come from within the walled L'Enclos for this 2nd wine, and straight away you see a higher intensity and focus than with the more open Clos de Marquis. The majority Merlot gives a plump character to the ripe berry fruits but they are old vines with plenty of intensity. Great entry point to Las Cases, with lift and focus on the finish - you still get the austerity and tight tannic delivery that is part and parcel of the Las Cases experience, but there is juice and pleasure waiting here. 30% new oak. 3.55pH. Drinking Window 2025 – 2040"
- 17,5 Punkte JANCIS ROBINSON: "46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc. Barrel sample.
A real mini-Las Cases with the emphasis on structure and length on the palate. Aromatically restrained with a minerally, graphite tone. Firm and fresh with lovely fruit extraction. Plenty of reserve. Long, dry, linear finish."
- 93-95 Punkte JEB DUNNUCK: "The second wine of Léoville Las Cases, the 2019 Le Petit Lion checks in as 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc that was brought up in 30% new French oak. It has a pure, beautifully balanced, elegant and medium to full-bodied style that carries lots of cassis fruit, notes of violets, tobacco, and sweet earth, terrific overall balance, and a lively, fresh, focused finish. It's another wine from this estate that builds beautifully with time in the glass. This stunning second wine will be long-lived."
- 95-96 Punkte JAMES SUCKLING: "This is really beautiful with blackcurrants, spice, black olives and blueberries. Full-bodied with chewy tannins. It’s bright and focused. Excellent second wine from Las Cases. One of the best."
- 18 Punkte WEINWISSER: "36 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 43 % Merlot, 11 % Cabernet Franc, 14 %-vol.. Purpurrot. Erhabenes Bouquet nach dunklen Kirschen, edler Cassiswürze und Lakritze, dahinter Veilchen und Eisenkraut. Am komplexen Gaumen mit stützendem Tanningerüst, fein nerviger Rasse, sehr eleganter Körper. Im aromatischen Finale mit schwarzbeerigen Konturen, Kirschhäute und edler Adstringenz."
|Wine Enthusiast:||93 WE|
|Vinous:||91 VS 92 VS|
|James Suckling:||95 JS|
|Klassifzierung:||2. Cru Classé|
|Parker Wine Advocate:||93 RPWA|
|Jeb Dunnuck:||94 JD|
|Jancis Robinson:||17,5 JR|
|Rebsorte(n):||Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc|
|% vol Alk:||13,5|
|Potenziell allergene Substanzen:||Enthält Sulfite. Kann Spuren von Eiweiß, Gelatine und Milch enthalten.|
|Warnungen:||Der Konsum von alkoholhaltigen Getränken während der Schwangerschaft kann selbst in geringen Mengen schwere Konsequenzen für die Gesundheit des Kindes nach sich ziehen.|
|Hersteller:||Chateau Leoville Las Cases 33 250 Saint-Julien Beychevelle|