2009 Petit Lion Marquis de las Cases, St-Julien

SKU #1179109 91 points James Suckling

 Blueberries and minerals on the nose, with hints of flowers. Full body, with firm and chewy tannins and a fresh finish. A little linear in structure, but very fine. Second wine of Leoville Las Cases. Try in 2018.  (2/2012)

88-91 points Wine Spectator

 *Barrel Tasting* Currants on toasted bread character on the nose and palate. Medium- to full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a medium finish. Balanced and attractive. This is the new name for the second wine. (JS, Web-2010)

Jancis Robinson

 Very concentrated and rich – very 2009 on the nose. Tannins already softening but they are there, well hidden. Round and sweet.  (1/2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The second wine, the newly-named 2009 Le Petit Lion, is composed of 71% Merlot and 29% Cabernet Sauvignon. Made in an up-front, fruity style, it exhibits notes of underbrush, unsmoked cigar tobacco, blackberries and black raspberries. Medium-bodied, soft, round and easy-going, it can be enjoyed over the next decade. (RP)  (12/2011)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2015 | Send Email
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The actual second wine of Leoville Las Cases and about $300 a bottle cheaper. Great package and the wine inside is to die for. Great vintage and great wine maker make for a superb wine. Gary Westby loved it also-see his blog.
Drink from 2017 to 2037

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/12/2015 | Send Email
I have no problem admitting that I am a cat person. That being said, I never thought that I would be compelled to buy a wine because of a well executed critter label. The Petit Lion on the label was just too darn adorable to resist and I bought it and brought it home. I can rationalize the purchase easily; Las Cases is the undeniable super 2nd of super 2nd’s and routinely beats out the 1st growths in any vintage that they don’t bring their A game. Even the 1993 Las Cases is a wine of tremendous majesty and balance- these folks have the midas touch. It is a 245 acre property at the north end of St. Julien that shares a long border with Chateau Latour to the north and surrounded on the other sides by Barton and Poyferre. A good address! The Petit Lion Marquis de Las Cases is the 2nd wine of the property while the Clos du Marquis has been a single vineyard wine (made from a walled vineyard within the greater estate) for many years now. It is composed of about one third Cabernet Sauvignon and two thirds Merlot, with a smattering of Cabernet Franc. It sees the same expensive oak treatment and lavish care as the first wine, as the selection is made just before bottling for this and the grand vin. Cinnamon and I don’t usually drink our claret this young, but the purity and balance of this big, powerful wine one us over. This is clean, pure, dark fruited, decadently vanilla kissed Bordeaux that had an exceptional seamless texture. We had it with a prime, bone in, dry aged rib-eye steak, potatoes and padron peppers, all done in the cast iron pan. As usual, the combination of top class beef and top class Bordeaux did not disappoint. If I had more of this big St. Julien I would wait until its 10th birthday to open it, but I am glad that cute little lion drew me in!
Drink from 2015 to 2039

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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Saint Julien

- St. Julien, the smallest of the four famous appellations of the Haut Medoc, is known for highly extracted, finely structured, Cabernet-based reds. It is nestled between Pauillac to the north and Margaux to the south. Like St. Estephe, there are no first growths in this area. Leoville-las-Cases, Leoville Poyferre, Leoville Barton, Ducru Beaucaillou, and Gruard Larose are the second-growths of St. Julien followed by Lagrange which is the only third-growth. Beychevelle, Branaire Ducru, St. Pierre, and Talbot, which are all fourth-growth wines, round out the grand cru classe chateaux. In the last several vintages, wineries from this appellation have been out-performing their traditional rankings making many of the wines from this region some of the best values in red wine today.