Owner: The Delon family. Michel Delon (son of Paul) passed away in 2000. His son Jean-Hubert succeeded him, with the assistance of maître de chai Bruno Rolland.
Classification: 1855 Second growth.
Vineyards: The largest of the three Léoville properties (the others being Château Léoville-Barton and Château Léoville Poyferré). The vines and the stone gateway directly overlook the Gironde estuary and are adjacent to Château Latour on the border with Pauillac.
Winery: The cellars are in the centre of Saint-Julien next to the château building which belongs to Château Léoville-Poyferré.
Saint-Julien AOC, Le Petit Lion: Name from 2007 for the second wine, what was previously called Clos du Marquis. | 2007 Debut.
Saint-Julien AOC, Clos du Marquis: The second wine until 2006 after which it was re-named Le Petit Lion (see above). | 1992 Concentrated, balanced, full and long with great structure at the winery on Tuesday 26 Oct 1993. | 2006 Final vintage of the Clos du Marquis after which it was re-named Le Petit Lion.
Saint-Julien AOC, Château Léoville-Las-Cases: 1987 Declassified by Michel Delon, which caused uproar. | 1989 Reverse osmosis used on Cabernet only. The Merlot had no need. | 1990 Reverse osmosis used on Cabernet only (no need on the Merlot). | 1992 Reverse osmosis used. Rich plum and glycerol, vanilla, hefty tannin, solid, but giving at the winery on Tuesday 26 Oct 1993. | 1993 Bruno Rolland explained that there were 11 alcoholic fermentation vats of 230-290hl. MLF occurs in stainless steel or cement in another winery adjacent to the fermentation cuverie which can be heated to 20ºC. After MLF sulfur dioxide is added and the wine is chilled to 8ºC for tartrates so it goes into barrel cleaner. If reverse osmosis is used they can do 3 x 180hl vats per day. | 1995 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. | 1996 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot. Highly rated.
Rue de l’Ecole, F-33250 Pauillac, France