2001 Las Cases - Within a Whisker of Latour at a Fraction of the Price
*Within a whisker of the score of neighbouring Latour at a fraction of the price*
*Pristine cases that only left the chateau in 2021*
*At 22 years of age, is drinking superbly*
The 2001 Chateau Leoville Las Cases is a fantastic wine and excellent buy. “Simply stunning” for Antonio Galloni and within a whisker of neighbouring First Growth Chateau Latour in score while a fraction of the price, this is well worth picking up. We are, therefore, delighted to have two pristine cases to offer from our cellars in London.
We are always on the hunt for top 2001s as we think this is a real hidden gem of a vintage. The 2001 Leoville Las Cases is an excellent example and the 20+ years of maturity here are a huge bonus. Las Cases is famed for its capacity to age, so this 2001 is particularly eye-catching. Antonio Galloni sampled it only last year and found “the 2001 is a wine that delivers immense drinking pleasure. I absolutely loved it”, making it ideal for anyone looking for a top claret for drinking now.
His score is particularly eye-catching as it is very close to that awarded by him to Las Cases’s famous neighbour, Chateau Latour. As the tale above shows, there is a considerable price advantage (despite the 20 years of perfect ex-chateau provenance of these cases), so a strong buy.
Do take a look and let us know if you would like a case or two secured:
2001 Chateau Leoville Las Cases (ex Chateau 2021)
2cs @ £1,075 per case (6*75cl OWC)
96 points Antonio Galloni
The 2001 Léoville Las Cases is simply stunning. I was fully prepared to decant it given that Las Cases is almost always a brute in its youth. And make no mistake about it, a twenty year-old Las Cases is still a youngster. Quite frankly, I am not at all prepared for the sheer intensity and richness that emanates from the glass. No decanting needed. The 2001 is simply magnificent upon opening. A rush of generous inky blackberry jam, spice, graphite and leather conveys superb textural intensity. Time in the glass helps the aromatics come alive. Shockingly rich and voluptuous, the 2001 is also wonderfully open today. Uncharacteristically so for Las Cases, in fact. But who’s complaining? Certainly not me.
Even so, the 2001 is ultimately a mid-weight Las Cases, with plenty of opulent fruit, but not quite the tannic heft that is such a signature of this reference-point St. Julien. Readers lucky enough to own the 2001 are in for a real treat. This is an especially fine bottle, perhaps the finest I have come across. Aside from all the technical analyses and descriptors, what really matters most is that the 2001 is a wine that delivers immense drinking pleasure. I absolutely loved it
. (2021) www.vinous.com
Offered subject to final confirmation. Available from our cellars in London in around 2 weeks.
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