Léoville Las Cases 2020 En Primeur: “Solid as a rock”
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  • The wine has been released internationally for £2,376 (12×75).
  • Many critics have commented on the “classic” style of the 2020.
  • The 2015 vintage is one of several back vintages that look good value by comparison.

Château Léoville Las Cases 2020 has been released En Primeur for €198 per bottle ex-négociant, up 43.5% on the 2019’s opening price.

The wine is being offered for £2,376 per case by the international trade. This is an increase of 36% on the current Market Price of the 2019.

The new release looks fully priced in the context of the estate’s recent back vintages, with several offering greater value. See more Fair Value analysis below.

Critical Opinion

The leading commentators have spoken of how “classic” the 2020 wine is. Antonio Galloni, writing for Vinous, said it was a, “super-classic Saint-Julien” and those with palates inclined that way would, “flip out over the 2020”.

He scored it 95-98 points, very similar to the 96-98 bracket of fellow Vinous critic Neal Martin. He noted how “Pauillac-like” the wine was, with a very distinct Cabernet Sauvignon character.

James Suckling scored the 2020 98-99, saying it was “incredibly classic in style”, a “real Las Cases” and “solid as a rock”. Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW added that the finish had “jaw-dropping fragrance and depth”.

Fair Value

Despite the plaudits this is undoubtedly a fully-priced release from Léoville Las Cases. The 2019 which is 36% cheaper than today’s release with the same score from Neal Martin offers immediate value by comparison.

The 2015 vintage, also scored 97-points, at £1,500 a case is 58% cheaper. The 95-point 2014 at £1,202 is 97% less expensive.

 

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