A classic in development, a wine that will last for decades. It is certainly powerful, but already the shape is finalized, with its plums and berries settling down with perfumes, acidity, just enough tannins and a warm, welcoming richness. A great argument for the superiority of 2001 over 2000. *Cellar Selection* (RV)
The 2001 Léoville Las Cases replicates numerous previous bottles, attesting one of the great successes of the vintage. The palate is perhaps more like the 2003, surprisingly opulent with black plum, cedar, pencil shavings and later, just a little iodine. It is certainly very well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins, a little more austere than the aromatics, more "serious" perhaps, with black fruit, tobacco and slightly meaty notes developing towards a very satisfying and long finish. Like most Léoville Las-Cases, it would benefit from a minimum of 20 years in the cellar, so do not be afraid to keep any bottles for another couple of years. Tasted at La Trompette in London. (NM)
This is very floral and perfumed with lots of violets, roses and berries. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a racy finish. Superfresh and long. Focused and clean. (JS)
Jean-Hubert Delon thinks the 2001 Leoville Las Cases could turn out to be as good as his 2000. I’m not sure I agree, but it may come close. A blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19.5% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, the 2001 (which represents only 40% of the production) reveals notes of sweet vanillin intermixed with pure cassis, black cherries, and lead pencil shavings. Elegant and medium-bodied, it possesses a saturated purple color, high tannin, and a structured, backward feel in the mouth. This quintessentially elegant Las Cases needs another 5-7 years to hit its plateau of maturity. It will be one of the Medoc’s longest lived wines of the vintage. (RP)
Ruby-red. Aromas of kirsch, currant, graphite, minerals, camphor and smoky oak. Subtly sweet and penetrating, with lovely energy and clarity of flavor. Classic claret, finishing lively and very long, with the tannins reaching the front teeth.
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