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Chateau Léoville Las Cases announces second wine

Bordeaux second growth Chateau Leoville Las Cases has announced it is to produce a second wine.

Yorick D’Alton of the Delon family, owners of the St Julien property, said this week it was the wish of Leoville Las Cases director Jean-Hubert Delon ‘to make a real second wine.’

He added, ‘The trend at the property is to select more and more, and if we make a second wine this will improve our top wines.’

Currently the property produces two wines, the grand vin from the original walled ‘clos’ vineyard, and Clos de Marquis, from a separate plot to the west of St Julien, with very different terroir.

D’Alton said, ‘This will be a common second wine from both vineyards, made from young vines and vats that are not of the right quality level.’

The first release of the new wine, to be called Petit Leon de Léoville, will be from the 2007 vintage.

No further details on pricing or release date have been announced.

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Written by Caroline Gilby

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