Wine Region: Saint-Julien, France
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit verdot, Cabernet franc
Still stubbornly backward, yet beginning to budge from its pre-adolescent stage, this dense, murky ruby/purple-colored wine offers up notes of graphite, sweet caramel, black cherry jam, cassis and minerals. The nose takes some coaxing and the decanting of 22-4 hours prior to service is highly recommended. For such a low-acid wine, it is huge, well delineated, extremely concentrated, and surprisingly fresh.
Robert Parker 95 pts - 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.
Wine Spectator 95 pts - A racy, classy, silky wine. Inky-ruby color. Black cherry, mineral and wet earth aromas. Medium-bodied, with very silky tannins and a long, superfine finish. Has always been excellent.
About the Winery
Created in 1638, Château Léoville Las Cases produces wines that are among the most prestigious in Bordeaux. These wines were already well known, appreciated and dear in the middle of the eighteenth century, thanks to the efforts of the owner, Blaise-Alexandre de Gasq, Lord of Léoville. Four of his heirs shared the estate during the Revolution. One of them, the Marquis de Las Cases, owner of a quarter of the lands, having fled abroad, the three others obtained from the Revolutionary State a partial confiscation of the field, bearing specifying on this quarter. This parcel will eventually become Léoville Barton. At the beginning of the 19th century, the estate is split again, half of which is contiguous to Château Latour constituting the current vineyard.
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