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Château Léoville las Cases Red Bordeaux Blend St. Julien 1982
A friend of mine in London invited me to a dinner party for 12 people, and thefeatured wine for a multicourse meal was a double magnum of 1982 ChâteauLéoville Las Cases....Nearing three decades in age, the second-growthfrom St.-Julien had such amazing finesse and length along with its richness andpower. It was full of subtle currant, berry and floral notes that later turnedto mint and eucalyptus. Some of the dinner guests even found a lead pencilcharacter. I scored it 95 points, non-blind. (James Suckling - Wine Spectator - May-2009)
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A massively intense wine which I have tried twice in thelast two years, 2009 & 2010 For a 30 yo wine it is still quite closed and backward and requires a lot of time to coax it from its slumber, once awakened this is one of the Medocs great wines and it displays that incredible fruit intensity and flavour complexity that it synonomous with Bordeaux'stop wines I have no doubt this is First Growth class wine
Tasting of 1/3/2010... Sensational Bordeaux - the best the 1982 Las Cases has shown in any of our tastings over a number of years. Excellent balance and weight to this wine, along with a truly noble feel. First-growth nose of cassis, ripe berries, violets, mint, with no sign of the standard old-age cedar notes. Tremendous length and breadth yet medium weight with no heaviness. Rating: 93. Tasting of 1/5/08.... Great purity and length in this wine, which is still totally youthful in color. Classic Bordeaux nose of dark currants, cedar, smoke, spice. But as before, it is still somewhat reticent and unyielding. There's probably a tiger waiting to be unleashed here, but it hasn't happened yet in any of our tastings. Rating: 92. Tasting of 12/27/2005.... Excellent nose featuring cedar and tobacco and some subdued dark berry fruit, but the fruit and intensity and finish were a shadow of what we recall from earlier tastings. Muted flavors and texture. Rating: 89. Tasting of May 1, 2001.... This bottle actually started off slightly musty, but the mustiness disappeared in 15 minutes or so to reveal a monster brooding under the surface. Opaque purple color, as if just out of the cask. The wine opened over an hour or so to expose a youthful, still reticent, complex nose of black currant, blackberry gelato, mint, and smoke. Very full mouth feel with a lot of residual tannin -- though the tannin in this instance was definitely less dominant than when the wine was tasted three or four years ago. This Leoville has obviously not reached its peak, and in this tasting seemed to expand dramatically the longer it was open. It was consumed over about two hours, undoubtedly well before it had showed its full character. As a result, it may be under-rated. Future looks tremendous. Rating: 94.
External Reviews for Château Léoville las Cases Red Bordeaux Blend St. Julien
I have had perfect bottles of this cuvee, but, perplexingly, the bottles from my cellar tend to be broodingly backward and require plenty of coaxing. This huge wine is, in many ways, just as massive as Leoville Barton, but it possesses a greater degr... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1982 Leoville-Las Cases 1500ml
I have had perfect bottles of this cuvee, but, perplexingly, the bottles from my cellar tend to be broodingly backward and require plenty of coaxing. This huge wine is, in many ways, just as massive as Leoville Barton, but it possesses a greater degree of elegance as well as unreal concentration. Classic lead pencil, cassis, kirsch, cedar, and spice characteristics are abundant in both the nose and full-bodied flavors. The tannins are still there, and, at least from my cellar, this 1982 does not appear to have changed much in the last 10-12 years. One wonders how much patience admirers of this brilliant St.-Julien will continue to exhibit. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2050
...pure aromas of creme de cassis, cherry jam, minerals, and toasty new oak. This unctuously-textured, gorgeously rich, pure, super-concentrated... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1982 Leoville-Las Cases 1500ml
A dark, intense and concentrated Bordeaux from Château Léoville-Las Cases. The tannic structure is just beginning to dissolve. From the renown 1982 vintage. Drinking well today but still has years of life.