Leoville Las Cases 2000

St Julien, Second Growth

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The 2000 Léoville Las Cases takes time to unwind in the decanter and glass, but when it begins to show all its cards, the display is spectacular. Mingling aromas of dark berries and red fruits with aromas of pencil shavings, loamy soil, cedar box, bitter chocolate, dried rose petals and licorice, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a layered, complete mid-palate that's rare in this vintage, powdery tannins and a long, resonant finish. An uncompromising classic, even as it closes in on its 22nd birthday, the 2000 Las Cases remains an infant in terms of evolution.

Score: 98

William Kelley, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2025-2055 18 August 2022

Along with the Medoc first growths, Leoville Barton, Chateau Montrose, Sociando Mallet, and a handful of other producers, Leoville Las Cases continues to make a wine meant for very long-term cellaring. When I did my earlier tastings of the 2000, my projected maturity dates were 2012-2040, but it is looking more like 2020-2050. This full-bodied blend of nearly 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.4% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc still has a youthful ruby/purple color, notes of graphite, kirsch liqueur, black currants, and lead pencil shavings, with good acidity, the tell-tale purity, layered ripeness and intensity, and a profound finish. However, with its high level of tannin and brooding backwardness, this superb effort needs to be forgotten for up to a decade. (98+ Points)

Score: 98

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2020-2050 01 June 2010

This wine has put on weight and, as impressive as it was from cask, it is even more brilliant from bottle. Only 35% of the crop made it into the 2000 Leoville Las Cases, a blend of 76.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.4% Merlot, and 8.8% Cabernet Franc. The wine is truly profound, with an opaque purple color and a tight but promising nose of vanilla, sweet cherry liqueur, black currants, and licorice in a dense, full-bodied, almost painfully rich, intense style with no hard edges. This seamless classic builds in the mouth, with a finish that lasts over 60 seconds. Still primary, yet extraordinarily pure, this compelling wine, which continues to build flavor intensity and exhibit additional layers of texture, is a tour de force in winemaking and certainly one of the great Leoville Las Cases. In another sense, it symbolizes / pays homage to proprietor Michel Delon, who passed away in 2000. Michel has been succeeded by his son, Jean-Hubert, another perfectionist.

Score: 99

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2012-2040 01 April 2003

Great purity of cassis and black cherry fruit dominates the aromatics of the medium to full-bodied, austere, tannic, concentrated, voluminous 2000 Leoville Las Cases. It is a classic Las Cases exhibiting subtle oak, and a palate that builds with intensity as the wine aerates. The tannin still overlays it, giving it a youthful, backward, unevolved personality.

Score: 93 - 95

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2010-2035 01 February 2002

A sleek, super-concentrated, pure Leoville-Las-Cases has once again been produced. Yields were approximately 47 hectoliters per hectare, and only 35% of the crop was utilized in the grand vin. This wine is dominated by its high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon (76.14%, with the balance being 14.40% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot). Opaque black/purple-colored, with a reticent but promising bouquet of creme de cassis, blackberry and cherry liqueur, vanilla, minerals, and spice box, this medium to full-bodied, rich 2000 explodes on the back of the palate with high tannin as well as zesty acidity. A backward vin de garde, it will require 8-10 years of cellaring.

Score: 94 - 96

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2010-2040 01 April 2001

Dark, brooding colour. Very introvert and still difficult to read though extremely solid. Then a polish and a suggestion of fireworks hints that this will be an extremely interesting wine with time. Very clean and appetising and bracing. Super-claret indeed!

Score: 18 - 19

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2016-2040 23 March 2010

Full, bright ruby. Superripe aromas of roasted currant, violet and black licorice. Powerful and highly aromatic in the mouth, with brooding black fruit, violet and chocolate flavors. A step up in acidity from the Clos du Marquis, giving the wine great vinosity and cut. Extremely long and aromatic on the finish, with big, chewy, thoroughly ripe tannins. (95+ points)

Score: 95

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar 01 May 2003

Absolutely fantastic. This is one of the most exciting young reds I have tasted in a long, long time. It shows intense aromas of berries, currants and minerals, with hints of mint. Full-bodied and packed with fruit and tannins, its long finish is refined and silky. A benchmark for the vintage. Las Cases has always wanted to make first-growth quality in a top-notch vintage, and it certainly did in 2000. Best after 2012. 15,000 cases made.

Score: 100

James Suckling, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2012+ 31 March 2003