Le Petit Lion du Marquis de Las-Cases 2009 - A.O.C Saint-Julien
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The second wine, the newly-named 2009 Le Petit Lion, is composed of 71% Merlot and 29% Cabernet Sauvignon. Made in an up-front, fruity style, it exhibits notes of underbrush, unsmoked cigar tobacco, blackberries and black raspberries. Medium-bodied, soft, round and easy-going, it can be enjoyed over the next decade.
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The first release of a wine from young vines. It is charming, juicy and fresh, the fruit bright and lively.
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Currants on toasted bread character on the nose and palate. Medium- to full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a medium finish. Balanced and attractive. This is the new name for the second wine.
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Blueberries and minerals on the nose, with hints of flowers. Full body, with firm and chewy tannins and a fresh finish. A little linear in structure, but very fine. Second wine of Leoville Las Cases. Try in 2018.
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A Story that started in the 17th Century

One of the oldest Medoc estates, Domaine de Léoville belonged to some of the wealthiest and most influential noble French families before it was acquired by the Las Cases family. The estate was split up between 1826 and 1840 as a result of the French Revolution. (Expropriation of emigrants’ property and constitution of egalitarian redistribution). Château Léoville Las Cases was created, thanks to a kind of birthright, from 3/5 of the original estate and the heart of the domain.

The Grand Vin’s current terroir has therefore been at the historic heart of the original terroir since the 17th century. Pierre Jean, Adolphe and Gabriel de Las Cases were successive heirs to the property until 1900, when Théophile Skawinski purchased a share in the estate and became its manager. Léoville Las Cases has now been managed by the same family since the late 19th century and is today represented by Jean-Hubert Delon, sole owner of the Château and proprietor of Château Potensac in the Medoc and Château Nénin in Pomerol.

An Exceptional, Unique Terroir

The Clos encases a terroir of very great complexity. It is mainly composed of Quaternary gravel ("graves") over gravellysand and gravelly clay subsoils. We also fi nd clays which are variably deep and compact, but which sometimes break through to the surface. The proximity of the Gironde River has created the wide diversity of soils, formed over various geological periods by successive superimpositions.

The river also creates a special microclimate that enables very early ripening of the grapes and protects the vineyards from frost. This cameo of geological combinations infl uences the growth of the vine and the composition of the grapes: regular but restricted water supply and a very low intake of nutrients bring out the best in the great Cabernet Sauvignons and Cabernet Francs which usually achieve their full potential whatever the vintage. The incomparable terroir gives this great wine its unique personality.

Le Petit Lion du Marquis de Las-Cases 

In recent years, several plots of vines in Clos Léoville Las Cases have been uprooted and then replanted and are now entering production. Also, in order to preserve the quality level of the Grand Vin, Château Léoville Las Cases decided, with the 2007 vintage, to create a second wine, the Petit Lion from the Marquis de Las Cases. It is part of the philosophy of its two elders, it is vinified and matured to maintain throughout its evolution the flavor of fresh and ripe fruit. It is however connoted second wine, easier to access and earlier consumption, with an important presence of Merlot grape wines.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Léoville Las-Cases
  • Type of wine
    Second wine
  • Appellation
  • Superficy
    97 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    30 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    20% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2014 and 2024
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Prêt à déguster, bonne maturité
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Second wine) from Saint-Julien is made with a vineyard that has an area of 97 hectares by Château Léoville Las-Cases. The average age of the vines is 30 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 12 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 20% of new barrels.


The A.O.C Saint-Julien (968 hectares) was formalized in 1936. Located between Pauillac and Margaux both geographically and in style, it is one of the smallest Medoc appellation but the most consistent in quality. 18 active producers including 11 Classified Growths.
The appellation extends over 4.8 kilometers long by 3.2 kilometers wide and offers wines whose tannins have an incomparable finesse. What characterizes Saint-Julien is the terroir and the micro-climate. The terroir is a subtle blend between the contributions of stony alluvium from the Garonne and those from the Dordogne. The contributions therefore from the Pyrenees and the Massif Central. You should know that this agglomeration of rocks slowly broken then spread over the millennia is an exceptional case.