From 'young' vines within the Clos of Léoville, although they can go up to 20 or even 25 years. This is tight yet elegant, with notes of pencil-lead and slate giving a real sense of minerality and lift. It's not luscious yet, as this is still young and austere, but it has incredible poise and grip. In the glass the sweetness of the fruit comes through after a minute or so. You're going to want a bottle or two of this in your cellar. Georgie Hindle
James Suckling 92-93
A red with deep and focused character of blackberry, blackcurrant and light ink. Lots of flowers, too, It’s medium-bodied with a solid core of fruit and a long finish. Clarity. 57% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon and 3% cabernet franc.
The 2021 Le Petit Lion represents one-third of the production from the Clos de Léoville. It is raised 40% new oak. It has a bright bouquet, a mixture of blackberry and blueberry fruit, fine delineation, quite floral and Margaux-like in style. The palate is medium-bodied with edgy, slightly chalky tannins on the entry, a fine salinity here that, for me, marks it out against the La Petite Marquise with quite a persistent tail on the finish. Just needs 2-3 years in bottle. Alcohol level is 13.27% here. Neal Martin
Wine Advocate 90/100
The 2021 Le Petit Lion unwinds in the glass with aromas of cassis, plums, loamy soil and cigar wrapper. Medium to full-bodied, impressively deep and lively, with powdery tannins and a saline finish, it's the usual mix of mainly young-vine Cabernet Sauvignon and old-vine, less optimally exposed Merlot in a block that borders Latour. William Kelley