2013 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)
This impressively powerful wine has dense tannins and concentration. With 74% of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is firm, packed with black-currant fruits with intense, perfumed acidity. Cabernet Franc adds spice to the wine. The wood-aging is still showing and the wine will need several years before enjoying. (RV)
Magnificent colour, already fragrant nose, great purity and depth with firm Pauillac edge, will develop beautifully, a superb wine in this vintage. (SS)
The 2013 Léoville-las-Cases is wonderfully deep and layered in the glass. Violets, cloves, menthol and licorice add dimensions of complexity to the dark fruit. Hints of cassis, white flowers and sweet herbs develop later as the wine continues to flesh out. So many 2013s offer up their charms quite easily. Léoville-las-Cases is a rare wine endowed with a sense of mystery and intrigue. The power and breadth of this site come through, but tempered by the medium-bodied structure of the year. This is a terrific showing. The 2013 is 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc and 12% Merlot. Tasted twice.
A dense and rich young wine with licorice and spice character. Some tar too. Medium to full body, with firm tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Dense fruit structure for the vintage.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Better than many of the Medoc first-growths, the 2013 Las Cases was harvested relatively late, between October 2 and 17. It is a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc. Only 40% of the production made it into the grand vin, and the finished alcohol was 13.1%. It reveals a dense ruby/purple color, supple tannins, good texture and depth, excellent freshness and intense dark currant and black cherry fruit notes. While not a blockbuster, it is a medium-bodied, well-endowed 2013 that should drink well for 10-15 years. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Very floral, minty red fruits and minerals on the captivating nose. Then tougher on the palate, with the spicy red fruit flavors kept under wraps by serious tannins and lively acidity. The bright, long finish features very pure floral and red berry nuances. Not the most charming LLC in memory, but a major success for the vintage. I especially like its lovely aromatic nose, which owes a lot to the strong Cabernet Franc presence, one of the largest percentages ever in this wine (at 50+ years, LLC has some especially old Cabernet Franc vines, and that makes a big difference on the Left Bank). Keep in mind that the 2008 also had a similarly high percentage of Cabernet Franc (12%), and I believe that this wine is also one of the stars of its vintage. (ID)
This has a rounded feel at first, with plum, blackberry and raspberry coulis flavors carried by supple tannins. Slowly and surely, a brooding charcoal note emerges through the finish, adding grip while a lingering iron detail lengthens the spine. This really stretches out in the glass, maintaining superior focus. (JM)
Beautifully scented and aromatic. Cassis, plum, attractive oak spicing. Fine, polenta-like tannins that coat the mouth but don’t obstruct the rest of the balance. Lots of substance and depth – even so, a litheness that is far lighter than the most famous vintages. 17.5/20 points. (RH)