CHATEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES
Once part of the venerable and renowned Domaine de Léoville that also included Chateaux Léoville Barton and Léoville Poyferré, Château Léoville Las Cases is today one of Bordeaux’s most famed and sought-after wines. Ranked a Deuxieme Cru in the 1855 Classification, the estate has for years been viewed as the “sixth” First Growth, with quality on par with the famous five. In addition to the Grand Vin, the estate also produces two other wines Clos du Marquis, from a separate plot of wines, which was first bottled in 1902, and Le Petit Lion du Marquis de Las Cases, first bottled in 2007.
Under the watchful eye of current owners the Delon family, the Château has maintained many traditional winemaking techniques, while simultaneously investing in state-of-the-art technologies that bring winemaking to the next level. All grapes are hand-harvested, crushed, and allocated to wood, cement, or stainless steel tanks based on the style of the vintage. In extremely rainy years, the grape musts are put through a reverse osmosis machine to remove excess moisture. The wines are then traditionally fermented in oak for and average of 20 months, and fined with egg whites before bottling.